FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – On Thursday, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced that the City of Fort Wayne will invest federal dollars in 19 area nonprofit programs.

Nearly $540,000, in Emergency Solutions Grant and Community Development Block Grant funds will help low- and moderate-income residents with shelter, employment skills, domestic violence support and youth development, the city said.

“We are so blessed to have so many great nonprofits in our community,” said Kelly Lundberg, deputy director of the Fort Wayne Office of Housing and Neighborhood Services. “We are thrilled to assist with their endeavors to create stronger families.”

This is more than the usual yearly grant allocations because the city received additional funding from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic due to the pandemic.

“Our partner agencies are doing important work by helping residents succeed and lead meaningful lives. We’re fortunate to live in a community that’s committed to supporting local organizations who go above and beyond each day to provide essential services to the public,” said Mayor Henry. “I’m also thankful for the work and leadership of our Community Development Division and the Office of Housing & Neighborhood Services as they manage the funds. In addition, we value and appreciate the funding we receive from the federal government to assist in local efforts to enhance Fort Wayne and the quality of life for our residents.”

The city said it uses a competitive application process to award the grants. A volunteer committee helps score the applications and makes recommendations on funding. Criteria are based on goals for the use of federal funds that are developed in part with input from residents.

The following organizations have been awarded the grants:

Organization NameProgramProgram Description
A Mother’s HopeA Mother’s Hope Case Management ProgramProvides shelter and services exclusively for pregnant women experiencing homelessness. Funding will support more intensive case management to residents in the maternity home and after-care.
Building A Stronger FamilyShadows for Success & WorkshopsProgram focuses on career readiness, mental wellness and addressing trauma for youth and their families. Funding will expand programming.
Language Services NetworkEnglish Innovations – ESL ClassesProvide community interpretation and translation workshops to expand community capacity, offer additional on-site service locations, hire program coordinators, and provide support for low-cost interpretation and translation services.
Literacy AlliancePre-HSE and ESOL ClassesThe Literacy Alliance will provide Pre-HSE and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Goal is to serve 240 students in the program year.
Lutheran Social ServicesLSSI WorksFunding will be used for personal and professional development training, quality job placement, financial education, job retention and stability services.
YMCACollege & Career ReadinessExpansion of the music and video program, provide additional summer staff, create career portfolios and the addition of a computer science component to the College & Career Readiness program.
BrightpointCoordinated EntryFunding will support the Coordinated Entry program
Just NeighborsSame City Food TruckA pilot collaborative and innovative food truck project to bring high-quality restaurant meals to the most vulnerable homeless individuals in our community.
Catholic CharitiesMission PossibleProgram is designed to transition residents from the Rescue Mission shelter programming into community living.
AmaniCoordinated Multicultural OutreachThe project focuses on emergency prevention and outreach activities for immigrant and refugee families, including referrals to appropriate resources, outreach assessments, advocacy and counseling.
HealthVisionsWellness InitiativeProgram will expand HealthVision’s health classes to include workshops that addresses social determinants of health, including mental health, employment and financial wisdom.
The LeagueAdvocacy: Helping People with Disabilities to Achieve Self-SufficiencyAddition of a second full-time Advocacy Coordinator to assist individuals with disabilities with direct case coordination, along with systemic advocacy for employment, accessible/affordable housing, and transportation.
BrightpointRapid Re-Housing /Homelessness PreventionFunding will go towards Brightpoint’s rapid re-housing program, which provides up to 12 months of stable housing for individuals and families that were previously homeless.
WellspringWellspring Hygiene KitsSupport the cost of creating and distributing “personal hygiene kits” to low-income and homeless individuals in the community.
YWCA NEINShelter OperationsFunding will go towards the maintenance, utilities, food and supplies to help run the YWCA’s emergency shelter.
Vincent VillageShelter Operations & Essential ServicesFunding will provide case management services to families currently residing at Vincent House.
St. Joseph MissionsEssential ServicesFunding will provide case management services to each guest residing at the new emergency shelter for women experiencing homelessness.
Housing Opportunity ProgramRapid Re-HousingFunding will go towards HOP’s rapid re-housing program, which provides up to 12 months of stable housing for individuals and families that were previously homeless.