The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, February 09, 2021 1:00 am

Nonprofits to receive cash to aid COVID-19 response

Journal Gazette

The city of Fort Wayne announced Monday that $398,000 will be distributed to seven nonprofit organizations to prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID-19.

The city said its Office of Housing and Neighborhood Services received $1.2 million from a special Community Development Block Grant aimed at helping with COVID-19 relief.

In November, nonprofits, faith-based organizations and public agencies that serve low-income residents were invited to apply.

The following organizations will receive funding:

• Wellspring will receive $48,569 to expand its food bank and Wellspring on Wheels. The program, which will serve an estimated 29,500 people, has seen increased demand for food assistance as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

• Amani Family Services will receive $106,811 to aid in immigrant/refugee coronavirus relief. The program will help an estimated 300 people by hiring a new case manager to provide services to local immigrants.

• YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne will receive $131,544 for child care relief. The program is expected to serve more than 700 children by providing day care when schools are closed or teaching children remotely.

• Healthier Moms & Babies will receive $41,085 for the Prenatal Home Visitation Program. About 150 families will be served by the expanded program.

• The League for the Blind & Disabled will receive $20,000 for the Community Living Program. The effort is expected to help 60 individuals transition from nursing homes back into the community – or avoid being placed in a nursing home.

• Health Visions Midwest will receive $25,000 for the Community Outreach & Virtual Programs. The pilot program's coordinator will connect underserved populations with health services.

• Community Transportation Network will receive $25,000 to expand its specialized transportation program in response to the pandemic.

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