FORT WAYNE CHOSEN FOR PILOT PROGRAM TO ASSIST HOMELESS POPULATION
January 27, 2015 - Mayor Tom Henry and social service partners today announced the City of Fort Wayne has been chosen to participate in a pilot program to assist the homeless population.
The State of Indiana, through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, selected Fort Wayne as one of four pilot communities to reach chronically homeless individuals with the most need for supportive services to bring them into permanent housing. Along with Bloomington, Evansville, and Lafayette, Fort Wayne will be selecting a coordinated assessment tool to identify the eligible individuals and the appropriate housing options. The first phase of the pilot program focuses on individuals who have a disabling condition, such as a substance abuse disorder, mental illness, or a developmental disability, and either have been continuously homeless for a year or more or have had four episodes of homelessness in the last three years.
Through the assessment process, other resources will be identified for those who do not fit the specific target population.
“We are a City that cares about one another,” said Mayor Henry. “This is a unique opportunity as our entire community continues proactive efforts to assist those in need of help and direction. Thank you to our social service agencies that are committed to being part of the solution as we come together to make a meaningful difference.”
MAYOR HENRY AND FWPD HIGHLIGHT PUBLIC SAFETY SUCCESSES AND COMMITMENT TO OPEN COMMUNICATION
January 22, 2015 - Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry and Fort Wayne Police Department leaders today provided a progress report to the community that the City of Fort Wayne experienced an overall reduction in crime of more than 14 percent in 2014, highlighted by a 62.5 percent reduction in the number of homicides. Robberies and burglaries were also down more than 20 percent as compared to 2013 numbers.
Mayor Henry and law enforcement officials were joined by members of the Mayor’s Roundtable on Public Safety to recap public safety successes in 2014 and look ahead to initiatives in 2015.
Highlights of public safety efforts in 2014: *Homicides declined by 62.5 percent. The 12 homicides represented the lowest total in over 20 years. *Burglaries dropped by 26 percent *Robberies were down by 22 percent *Property crimes dropped by 14.6 percent *Violent crimes declined by 14 percent *Larceny declined by 11 percent *Assault dropped by 6 percent *Vehicle thefts were down by 5.7 percent *Overall crime declined by 14.5 percent *Formation of the Gang and Violent Crimes Unit *More open communication with residents *15 officers graduated from the Fort Wayne Police Department Recruit Class
MAYOR HENRY ANNOUNCES $27 MILLION DOWNTOWN RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
January 15, 2015 - Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry today announced the City of Fort Wayne and Domo Development, LLC, based in Indianapolis, have reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a $27 million residential development across from Parkview Field in downtown Fort Wayne.
The project, Cityscape Flats, will feature apartments, row houses, parking garage, and streetscape improvements. The 3.59 acre area is bordered by Ewing Street on the east, Fairfield Avenue on the west, West Jefferson Boulevard on the north, and Brackenridge Street on the south.
Project highlights: *167 unit multi-family complex consisting of studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom apartments *8 row houses *177 space parking garage
The development will be $20 million in private investment, with the City’s investment being up to $7 million. The City’s participation will include the parking garage and streetscape work and will come from existing tax increment financing (TIF) funds and tax phase-in. No property taxes would be used to fund the City’s portion of the project.
“I continue to be encouraged by the unprecedented growth and development taking place in the heart of our City,” said Mayor Henry. “We’re committed to meeting the high demand for downtown housing options. The City of Fort Wayne is moving in the right direction as we invest in the future and enhance economic and quality of life opportunities.”