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City picks groups for federal grants

Dave GongMay 24, 2019

Eight Fort Wayne nonprofits will receive funding from the city’s federal Community Development Block Grant fund, Mayor Tom Henry announced Thursday.

About $170,000 will be used to help low- and moderate-income residents find shelter, employment skills, domestic violence support and youth development.

“City government cannot work alone to improve our community,” Henry said in a statement. “We need the help of our outstanding nonprofit agencies, like those that we are funding this year. Together, we can provide opportunities for a better life for all of our residents.”

The city receives Community Development Block Grant funds annually from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

This year, nonprofits that will receive funds are: Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne; Center for Nonviolence; Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network; Literacy Alliance; Lutheran Social Services of Indiana; Volunteer Center/RSVP; Vincent Village; and YMCA.

“The city of Fort Wayne was an early investor three years ago when we began our workforce initiative, LSSI Works,” said Angie Moellering, CEO of Lutheran Social Services of Indiana. “We are seeing amazing transformation from those entering our program as they emerge with full-time stable employment.

“This new investment in LSSI Works is a wonderful example of the city’s partnership with nonprofits in an effort to build a local, sustainable workforce.”

The city 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 with input from area residents.

dgong@jg.net

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