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Strategic Priority

Housing Stability

United Way of Allen County prioritizes financial support to ensure stable, affordable, safe, and decent housing for Allen County residents, and works to eliminate predatory loan practices and expand programs that improve financial wellness.

Keeping People in their Homes

We are ensuring people have resources that help keep them in their homes.

Providing Resources to People Experiencing Homelessness

We are increasing the support offered to people experiencing homelessness and ensuring they find permanent housing solutions.

“The most recent report from Eviction Lab revealed Fort Wayne, IN has the 13th highest eviction rate in the country.”

3,049 evictions amounting to 8.35 households daily

Shelter Services Fund

The Shelter Services Fund is one of the ways United Way of Allen County is working to address housing stability in our community. The goal of this fund is to help move individuals and families from shelters to permanent housing solutions. The fund is intended to assist with emergency shelter, food, case management, and permanent housing navigation.

Eviction Diversion Program

The Eviction Diversion program is an initiative that came out of a partnership between the City of Fort Wayne, Just Neighbors, Allen County Superior Court, Indiana Legal Services, and United Way of Allen County’s Emergency Relief Fund efforts with the goal of decreasing evictions due to nonpayment.

This program brings together both nonprofit and government entities to innovatively solve our eviction crisis. The program consists of housing navigators located at Allen County Superior Court, emergency gap funds to prevent eviction, landlord/tenant mediation, and legal assistance and representation.

Financial Assistance Fund

United Way of Allen County is working to improve housing stability in our community through the Housing Financial Assistance Fund. The goal of this fund is to help alleviate housing burdens for individuals. The fund is intended for organizations that are assisting residents with housing supports such as rent/mortgage, utilities, security deposits, late fees, and past due bills in addition to offering case management and housing navigation services.

Housing Stability Grantees

Housing Stability Partners

“44% of renters in Allen County are housing burdened, spending more than 30% of household income on rent and utilities.”

U.S. Census Bureau