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Bloomington Shalom Center Receives Million Dollar HUD Grant

The Shalom Center received a grant that will help it pay for housing for homeless individuals and families.

The Bloomington-based Shalom Center that serves the homeless has won a federal grant to open up a shelter space. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the center a three-year, $1 million grant.

Executive Director Forrest Gilmore says the grant will help pay for housing for up to 34 chronically homeless individuals or couples and 6 families.

“We’re really excited,” he says. “That’s going to take a huge dent out of the chronically homeless population in our community, which are the people that tend to have the most challenges in terms of getting out of homelessness.”

The Shalom Center serves between 200 and 300 people per day, providing meals, counseling, laundry and other services. The collaborative grant will allow the center to provide rental assistance and build 25 apartments to house singles and couples for up to three years. Gilmore says that helps save money in other ways.

“It is cheaper than emergency sheltering and so it actually saves money for our community in terms of the services that have become necessary here,” he says. “It also significantly reduces both emergency and hospital health care costs, as well as criminal justice costs.”

The center has not yet decided where its new housing development will be built but expects to pick a location in the next two months. Gilmore estimates the project will be completed by late 2013.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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  • Rev. Forrest Gilmore

    Just a correct – that’s 34 chronically homeless individuals/couple and 6 families.

  • ganger

    your shelter provides criminals a chance to run ramped and provide a disservice to the town itself vagrant criminals can have an address and run rampant within the town good luck bloomington with this so called do gooders there making money and making bloomington less safe for real hard working people shut them down.

  • ganger

    do you ask why are they in the need . i would say most is due to use of drugs and they will go to any means to get them look at there faces and you will see there need . drugs, a home and normality comes second .and as long as you provide them with the basics they will find want they want ,drugs.

  • Bonnie

    I lived at the “Rise”. I worked really hard to rebuild my life and the life of my daughter. services like this is HUGH. I am now half way through college for my social worker degree. I want to give back and help people going down the road I did. I want to help single parents that are homeless like I was. thank you for all you do. Happy New Year.

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