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Moed celebrates $12 million in federal funding for housing

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Today, State Rep. Justin Moed (D-Indianapolis) joined Mayor Joe Hogsett, housing partners and service providers at the Damien Center to celebrate an award of $11.9 million. The City of Indianapolis will receive funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s annual Continuum of Care Program. This funding will be instrumental to the creation of the city’s low-barrier shelter for the unhoused, which culminated from several years of city-state collaboration.  

“I want to extend my congratulations to Indianapolis for receiving this grant, which will serve a critical role in addressing housing in our neighborhoods,” Moed said. “Both city and state officials have been working hard to build out our infrastructure so that no resident goes unhoused. Our new low-barrier shelter for the unhoused started as a task force, state funding for it passed in the 2023 state biennial budget and its construction will hopefully be completed in the next couple of years. This grant gives the city some additional tools to develop the shelter and continue to provide supportive services to those who are unhoused. We’re working to develop affordable housing in a fiscally wise, equitable and locally controlled manner. Indianapolis is a great place to live, and everybody should be able to put down roots in this city.”  

During his time as a state representative, Moed has worked extensively to expand Hoosiers' access to affordable, quality housing. He created the Low-Barrier Shelter Task Force to assess the feasibility of constructing a low-barrier shelter for the unhoused in Indianapolis. The shelter and wraparound services will serve as a support services network for unhoused individuals as they find permanent accommodations. In 2023, he authored House Enrolled Act 1157, which empowered Indianapolis with the same housing development tools as the rest of the state. He also passed House Enrolled Act 1087 requiring the Department of Correction to only transport released offenders to the county they resided in at the time of conviction. If the DOC wishes to transport someone to a different location, they must formulate a reentry plan, including housing. 

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