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IN Emergency Solutions Grant cut

The Indiana Emergency Solution Grant, federal money aimed at helping the state’s homeless population, is facing a 23% cut due to the sequester.

The grant provides money to homeless shelters across Indiana.  The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority expected a 5% cut in federal funding, similar to other sequester reductions.  But instead the state will receive $700,000 less for the upcoming fiscal year.

Indianapolis Interfaith Hospitality Network executive director Jim McElhinney says funding cuts will directly hurt the people his shelters serve – primarily children.

“If funding cuts, I should say, are significant enough, one might have to curtail programs, cut staff, not serve as many people.”

State Housing Authority Community Services Deputy Director Lori Dimick says the cuts could be worse.  She points out that because the state received double the typical grant amount last year, even with this year’s cut, shelters could still get more than they were used to the last several years.

“We had 1.9 in the past and now we are up to 2.7.  That’s an $800,000 increase.  So some shelters won’t feel the big effect other than they got a little bit more last year than they probably expected.”

Dimick says the state will be sending letters to shelters to let them know how the cuts will affect them at the end of this month. 

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.