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December 16, 2020 -- The City of Fort Wayne’s Office of Housing & Neighborhood Services (OHNS) has helped more than 850 residents, eight small businesses and 42 non-profit agencies with emergency COVID-19 relief programs. OHNS is still offering emergency assistance through its partner organizations.

In a recent update to the HANDS Board of Directors, OHNS shared the following results from its COVID-19 programming:

  • 501 families have been provided rent/utility assistance,
  • 8 small businesses have received loans up to $20,000,
  • 153 families have stayed in their homes (had evictions prevented through legal assistance),
  • 42 non-profit agencies have had professional cleaning to help prevent spread of the disease,
  • 32 single, homeless women have found shelter,
  • 280 families were provided hotel vouchers and case management to find them permanent housing and
  • 94 homeless people were offered a safe location to quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure.

“Additional funding from HUD has helped us address the growing needs in our community due to the pandemic,” said Kelly Lundberg, director of the Office of Housing & Neighborhood Services. “We are grateful to all our partners at local non-profit agencies who are working around the clock to assist those in need.”

“We are incredibly grateful to the City of Fort Wayne’s Office of Housing & Neighborhood Services for their support of our work to prevent homelessness,” said Joshua Gale, executive director of Just Neighbors. “Through collaboration and a spirit of cooperation, OHNS is working with local agencies to help address the housing crisis caused by COVID-19.”

Assistance for individuals and families is still available through the non-profit partners OHNS supports. For example, rent and utility assistance is available through Brightpoint and local Township Trustee Offices, and legal assistance to prevent evictions is available through Indiana Legal Services. Residents should call 2-1-1 to find the agency that can best meet their needs.

The COVID-19 relief programs are funded by a CARES Act allocation to OHNS from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). The first allocation was approximately $3.1 million. A second allocation totals approximately 1.6 million and will help provide assistance to Community Harvest Food Bank, Associated Churches food pantries, St. Joseph Missions Women’s Shelter, and homeless shelters operated by Just Neighbors, Vincent Village, YWCA and the YMCA.