Indiana and Indianapolis have spent millions to hire contact tracers to reach out to people infected with the coronavirus and others they have been in contact with to help stop the spread. Here’s how that works.
Indianapolis moved to distribute the remainder of its federal coronavirus relief funding on Wednesday night, draining the remains of its total $168 million in Cares Act money that city officials have repeatedly stressed is not enough to weather Indianapolis through the ongoing pandemic.
The final $76 million continues a variety of public assistance programs while also launching new initiatives — including roughly $7 million in building modifications for the Indiana Convention Center and a foreclosure prevention program.
As city leaders voted to spend the last federal dollars, Mayor Joe Hogsett lamented the lack of action from Washington, D.C. to provide more money.
“No amount of finger-pointing in Washington will make rent for