Fighting homelessness with counseling and new programs.
November 10 - 18 is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. At CANI we fight hunger and homelessness everyday. In this newsletter, we will share a few ways we are helping families in our communities find safe and affordable housing. Thank you for reading.

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CANI becomes HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Agency

Owning a home is a key way of improving one's ecomonic situation, yet there are often barriers for people to do so. The buying process can be confusing, families may face credit problems, and there are so many lending options to choose from it can be hard to tell the good deals from the not so good ones.

As a HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Agency, CANI will now be able to help families understand the home purchasing process better and learn how to avoid predatory lenders. Potential home buyers will learn how to:
  • Shop for a home
  • Work with a broker, including the pros and cons
  • Move from renting to homeownership
  • Manage a budget and credit
  • Work with a mortgage lender
  • Manage the closing process
  • Maintain a home after purchase

Being a HUD-approved agency gives CANI one more tool to help struggling families acquire and maintain a home.

New Housing Programs Combat Homelessness for Veterans and Low-Income Families

CANI aims to stabilize housing and increase chances of future success with two new programs

The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) helps homeless individuals and families who are at or below 30% of the Area Median Income (AMI.) Those who qualify can receive assistance with the housing search and placement, security deposits, utility deposits, rental payments, and utility/rental arrears. ESG is a collaboration of the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA), the City of Fort Wayne, 211, Lutheran Social Services, and CANI. 

Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) will help veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and are at or below 50% AMI. The program will offer rental, utility, and other assistance for veterans in 24 counties in Indiana. Details of the program are still being finalized and more information will be coming soon.

The goal for both these programs is to stabilize housing, then work on other areas to help the whole family succeed. Anyone wishing to apply for either program must call 211 and complete an IHOPE assessment to determine eligibility.

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