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City of Fort Wayne offers $15,000 to give homeless women a place to stay this winter

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - The City of Fort Wayne announced funding and plan that will help provide overnight accommodations for homeless women in the Summit City.

With help from the City of Fort Wayne’s Office of Housing and Neighborhood Services, $15,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding will go toward efforts to again help provide overnight accommodations for homeless single women.

Currently, The Rescue Mission provides overnight shelter for homeless men, and Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network provides overnight space for homeless families.

The Rescue Mission also serves as the lead provider for warming shelters in the city.

Giving homeless single women a place to stay has been a challenge for the community.

Lifehouse Church will now provide services to those women in need this winter season.

You can read highlights of the Winter Contingency/Emergency Shelter Plan here:

Partner Agencies agree to:

Primary ProviderServices commencing at 40 Degrees

The Rescue Mission will be the primary provider for the program offering shelter and food to individuals needing assistance.

Overnight accommodations will be provided at the Mission for adult men.

The Rescue Mission will request assistance of plan partners as needed to provide safe and comprehensive shelter.

Secondary ProviderServices commencing at 32 Degrees

Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network will provide overnight shelter for families with children as space allows. When families arrive at the Rescue Mission requesting shelter, and no one appears to be under the influence, staff will contact Just Neighbors to arrange for emergency accommodations.

Just Neighbors will not be able to provide transportation to their facility.

Secondary ProviderServices commencing at 20 Degrees
Lifehouse Church will provide overnight shelter for single women. Single women in need of overnight accommodations will be transported to Lifehouse Church’s facility at 2100 Kentucky Ave.

Secondary ProviderServices commencing at 10 Degrees

When the temperature drops below 10 degrees, the Salvation Army will serve as a backup provider of overnight accommodations to men, women and children when requested to do so by the Rescue Mission. The Rescue Mission will provide transportation for clients to the Salvation Army as needed.

Secondary ProviderServices commencing at 10 Degrees

When the temperature drops below 10 degrees, The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department, a division of the City of Fort Wayne, will serve as a backup provider of daytime warming centers for men, women and children when requested to do so by the Rescue Mission. The Rescue Mission will provide transportation for clients to the designated warming centers as needed.

Technical Services ProviderServices commencing on an on-call basis

Park Center will provide Outreach Team members to help connect clients to services. Any of the partner agencies may contact the Park Center outreach staff directly to request assistance.

Technical Services Provider – Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana will provide technical guidance and staffing assistance.

Communication Provider – 211 Resource Center, operated by United Way of Allen County will direct those in need on how to access services provided by the plan.

Financial Considerations – If our community experiences a difficult winter with severe weather, the City of Fort Wayne reserves the right to have flexibility to possibly provide financial resources that would assist program partners with staffing of facilities on an as-needed basis.

Logistics - The Rescue Mission will serve as the point of entry for all clients and that intake may be in-person at the Rescue Mission or by phoning Rescue Mission staff for instructions.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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