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Homeless single women to get shelter

January 19, 2019

As temperatures drop dramatically this weekend, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced Friday that $10,000 in Community Development Block Grants will go toward providing overnight shelter for homeless single women.

After today’s heavy snow goes through, low temperatures and wind chill readings below zero are expected tonight and Sunday night. 

Under the city’s Winter Contingency/Emergency Shelter Plan, the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission is the primary provider for overnight shelter for homeless men, while Just Neighbors Interfaith Network provides space for homeless families. Other agencies provide support or shelter as needed. 

The plan is a partnership of agencies : the city, Rescue Mission, Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network, Christian Praise and Fellowship Church, the Salvation Army, Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department, Park Center, the 211 Resource Center and Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana. 

“The sheltering of homeless single women has been identified as a community challenge that needed to be addressed,” city spokesman John Perlich said in a news release Friday. “Christian Praise and Fellowship Church will provide the service.” 

Individuals and families in need of shelter must first start at The Rescue Mission, which oversees intake.

Those in need should not go directly to the organization providing help, the news release said. 

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