Over the past quarter, Genesis Outreach of Fort Wayne has been working aggressively to acquire 40 properties to initiate the Promising Partnerships permanent supportive housing project. To date, 33 properties have been identified. The last 7 properties will be acquired and rehabilitated through the use of local Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds. The first phase of properties (13) will be ready for occupancy by February 1. Currently, two families are temporarily occupying two units on an emergency shelter basis.
One unit was completed in August 2010 utilizing local HOME funds. A graduate of the Genesis PLUS program was reunified with her kids in that home and she continues to maintain her sobriety, as well as receiving a promotion at her place of employment. She completed 19 months in the program.
As of this month, two other women have been reunified with their children in permanent housing. One mother has 7 children, all of which have been returned to her custody and she is currently a student at Ivy Tech State College. She completed 18 months in the program. The other mother is gainfully employed and has returned to Noble County with her daughter where she is working and living. She completed 11 months in the program.
One man graduated from the MASS Program. He is currently employed by Genesis Outreach through the workforce development program and is working on the Genesis maintenance team. He will also work as a construction apprentice on the upcoming housing rehabilitation projects. He is in permanent housing and has regular visitation with his child. He completed 18 months in the program.
Grants have been awarded from the following organizations:
- $10,000 Good Works Indiana Grant (reimbursable)
- $14,000 PNC Foundation Grant
- $28,304 Indiana Emergency Shelter Grant (reimbursable)
- $691,000 HUD Supportive Housing Grant (3 years reimbursable)