Mayor Greg Ballard announces the names of the agencies receiving funding.

Mayor Greg Ballard announces the names of the agencies receiving funding.

The Salvation Army’s Shelter for Women and Children received a major gift today as the city of Indianapolis and the United Way of Central Indiana distributed $5.8 million to 20 local agencies.  The shelter will receive $467,070 to address the ever growing need and request for assistance. 

The funding was issued through the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program under Title XII of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  Theses funds will help an estimated 2,044 households, according to the United Way.

“These 20 grantees will help give more of our neighbors one of the most basic huan needs:  a safe place to call home,”  said Mayor Greg Ballard.  “We are excited to be able to award these funds to such deserving institutions who will work to provide a better quality of life for our neighbors in need.”

The 150 beds at The Salvation Army’s Shelter for Women and Children are filled every night and need is growing.  Request for assistance is up over 14% over this same time period last year.  The Salvation Army is fighting homelessness through its Homelessness Bites Campaign.  You can learn more by visiting HomelessnessBites.org.