City announces grants to local agencies

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News release from the City of Fort Wayne:

City announces grants to local agencies

(August 31, 2012) – Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced that six local non-profit agencies will receive more than $220,000 in funding from the City’s federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The grants will be used to help low- to moderate-income residents secure housing, temporary shelter, employment and education.

“Our local non-profits play a critical role in the community,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “They work with many of our citizens who face a crisis and are trying to stabilize their lives. These Public Service grants support that vital work, so that we can all live in a stronger and more compassionate community.”

Each year, the City receives CDBG dollars from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to fund activities that primarily benefit low- and moderate-income residents of the community. The City uses a competitive application process to make a portion of its CDBG funds available to non-profit groups in the form of public service grants; CDBG regulations cap the amount available for non-profits.

This year’s grant recipients will provide literacy and financial education to families, provide “real work” experience and career counseling to ex-offenders and help the homeless find jobs and housing.

The following organizations will receive CDBG funding this year:

Applications for funding were scored by a committee of community leaders, including: Marcy Yoder, of the Fort Wayne Area Planning Council and United Way of Allen County; Sharon Gerig, of the Rescue Mission; Max Montesino, of IPFW Department of Organizational Leadership and Nyein Chan, of Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Department. The committee scored the applications and then made their recommendations to the Office of Housing and Neighborhood Services (HANDS) Board and Mayor Henry. The scoring process required the non-profit agency to meet at least one of the following goals:

“CDBG Public Service grants are one way that the City of Fort Wayne, and Community Development in particular, is working to accomplish our goal of making Fort Wayne the most livable city in the nation,” said Heather Presley-Cowen, deputy director of the Office of Housing and Neighborhood Services. “By strategically investing these resources with our non-profit partners, we are able to address some of our most pressing housing issues and build stronger neighborhoods.”

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