City of Lafayette giving thousands of dollars to non-profits

Lafayette leaders are helping non-profits stay afloat during the pandemic.

Posted: Sep 1, 2020 8:29 PM
Updated: Sep 2, 2020 12:10 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Lafayette leaders are helping non-profits stay afloat during the pandemic.

The city is giving away more than $100,000. It will be split among six organizations: Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Family Promise, Lafayette Transitional Housing Center, Lafayette Urban Ministry,  Meals on Wheels of Greater Lafayette, YWCA of Greater Lafayette.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters - $12,000

Family Promise - $12,678

Lafayette Transitional Housing Center - $35,000

Lafayette Urban Ministry - $14, 846

Meals on Wheels of Greater Lafayette - $13, 248

YWCA of Greater Lafayette - $12, 678

The city's Community Development Block Grant program is providing these funds, and those funds come from The Department of Housing and Urban Development. The money will help non-profit leaders pay their staff and employees.

Family Promise is one organization benefiting. It's the only family shelter in Tippecanoe County. The money is helping pay its case managers, who help families find a stable living.

"We do housing stability plans so that includes going over goals, personal goals, maybe it's going back to school, maybe it's setting up a bank account. Whatever those goals are for that individual and their family, we work with them throughout our time here in our program," said Nakeshia Hedrick, Family Promise Executive Director. "It's very imperative that we will have funding that it will be able to help us maintain our case managers encourage them for the work that they do and keep them employed during this time because job security is very difficult right now."

Family Promise can usually house five families at once. Because of social-distancing rules, they've had to use their money to provide hotels for those in need.

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