Indiana programs designed to help homeless citizens received a big boost Thursday.
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development announced it was awarded $19.3 million to to support 95 homeless housing and service programs in Indiana.
The Continuum of Care grants provide critically needed housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness across the state. The funding is part of a record $2 billion being awarded to more than 7,300 housing and service programs nationwide.
HUD estimates there were 553,742 persons experiencing homelessness on a single night nationally in 2017, and increase of .7% since last year. In addition, veteran homelessness increased by 1.5%, chronic homelessness increased by 12.2% and family homelessness declined by 5.4%.