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Fort Wayne receives $3.86 million for investment initiatives

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) — Fort Wayne received an unexpected windfall from the state.

The mayor’s office said the city received the extra funds as a result of additional revenues collected by the state through income taxes. The extra 3.38 distributed to the city will help fund neighborhood improvement programs.

“We continue to move Fort Wayne forward with positive momentum and excitement,” said Mayor Henry. “Investing in neighborhoods and quality of life programs will position us for future growth and success. It’s critical that we put residents first and demonstrate a strong commitment to ensuring we’re meeting the needs of our community.”

The programs include the “Investing in Neighborhoods Now” program, which empowers residents to make neighborhood improvements.

The funding will also go towards the Office of Housing and Neighborhood Services’ Homeowner Repair Program that provides heating, air conditioning or roof replacement.

The city will put a portion of the funding to expand the Commercial Facade Grant program. The city will also invest in a partnership with Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana for vocational assessment and skills training, workforce development, and accessibility.

Aside from neighborhood improvement programs, the mayor’s office said they will continue to address the opioid epidemic by providing funding for new drug testing equipment. They will also provide funding to assist The Lutheran Foundation with Allen County’s Sober Living Pilot, which provides 71 new beds at three levels of care for individuals in the criminal justice system battling substance use disorder.

Jacob Burbrink

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