Volunteers of America of Indiana Awarded Grant from the City of Indianapolis to Renovate Brandon Hall

On October 11, 2016 Volunteers of America of Indiana (VOAIN) received $300,000 from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) through the city of Indianapolis. The awarded money will be used to renovate and repair Brandon Hall, VOAIN's building that is home to 49 homeless veterans transitioning out of homelessness and 95 men and women transitioning out of the prison system.

Brandon Hall is a 4 story building built in 1917 and is located at 611 N. Capitol in downtown Indianapolis. Repairs and renovations will include facade maintenance and repair; roof replacement and repair; replacement of HVAC, water systems, electrical panel, lighting, and emergency lighting; update to fire alarm system and security camera system; addition of stair railing; bathroom renovations to address accessibility and maintenance needs; kitchen accessibility and repair; and installation of a new elevator. Construction date is to be determined.

"We are honored and excited to receive these funds. It enables us to continue reentry and homeless veteran residential programming and maintain our contracts with the Veterans Administration, Indiana Department of Corrections, U.S. Probation, and Federal Bureau of Prisons." said Michael Lloyd, Vice President of Operations at VOAIN. "The men and women who live at Brandon Hall need an excellent place to live, and with these funds we can offer that to them."

Residents of Brandon Hall have on-site case managers who help them address applicable individual programming goals such as mental health and addiction treatment, anger management and life skills development. Vocational training, vocational credentialing, family reunification, and housing services are also offered to residents. The facility is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

In order to make all needed repairs to Brandon Hall, VOAIN needs $1.2 million. Individuals or groups interested in contributing to this project are welcome to donate.