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Indianapolis received over $200 million in COVID relief; here’s where it went

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Since Congress passed the first economic stimulus package in March 2020, $3 billion of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act money has been spent in Indiana.

I-Team 8 has been investigating how the money was spent for the last year and half and has collected more than 2,000 pages of documents and tracked the spending across the state. But we start with the city of Indianapolis.  

Indianapolis was handed more than $200 million, Mackenzie Higgins, a policy advisor in Mayor Joe Hogsett’s office, says. 

“About 50% went to serving our households and our businesses to ensure that they were able to survive the crisis,” Higgins said. 

Of the $200 million, $168 million went to coronavirus relief efforts. That includes $16 million in small business loans and grants. Another $39 million was used for rent assistance. I-Team 8 previously explained how the city used almost $10M of rent assistance money for hotels to house the city’s homeless population

Most of the money was to be used to pay for a year’s worth of rent for people who qualified. The city admitted to I-Team 8 at the time that the money intended for the rapid rehousing program was slow to get into the right hands.  

Initially, Congress required the coronavirus relief bill money be used by the end of 2020, but that timeframe was eventually extended. However, Indianapolis had already spent its share by mid-December. I-Team 8 asked the city if it could have done without the money.

 “Absolutely not,” Higgins said. “First and foremost, the city when the crisis began had to operate as both employer and service provider, and so about 40% of the investment went into things like investing in technology to ensure that our employees that could work remotely and work safely could do so [and ensuring] that we had leased additional equipment so that our DPW employees were able to socially distance while they collected trash. And so that was just critical for our ability to continue to operate, just perform the basics of government let alone the additional community investments we made to stabilize our residents and our businesses.” 

 Documents obtained by I-Team 8 show how the city spent the money. The Arts Council of Indianapolis received more than $500,000.  

The Capital Improvement Board, which operates Lucas Oil Stadium and Bankers Life Fieldhouse, was given more than $15 million. The Indianapolis Private Industry Council, which operates Employ Indy, was given more than $5 million.

Initially, federal rules didn’t allow the use of coronavirus relief bill money to buy equipment, vehicles or buildings. Only expenses directly related to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic were allowed, like personal protective equipment, medical supplies and testing. But then the rules started to change and blew the lid right off the spending caps.  

Indianapolis was able to purchase some technology that has a shelf life beyond the pandemic. The city did receive an additional $4 million to cover public safety salaries.

A summary of Indianapolis’ sources of funding can be found here. Below is a breakdown of how Indianapolis has spent its coronavirus relief bill money.

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NameVoucherSum of Amount
5 ALARM FIRE & SAFETY EQUIPMENT00019273 49,951.00 
5 ALARM FIRE & SAFETY EQUIPMENT00019275 8,663.75 
AIRPORT INN DEVELOPERS LP00003998 418,565.84 
AIRPORT INN DEVELOPERS LP00003454 39,975.00 
AIRPORT INN DEVELOPERS LP00003455 42,375.00 
AIRPORT INN DEVELOPERS LP00003998 17,650.00 
ALLISON PAYMENT SYSTEMS LLC00037137 41,888.22 
ARTS COUNCIL OF INDIANAPOLIS INC00036672 250,000.00 
ARTS COUNCIL OF INDIANAPOLIS INC00036812 250,000.00 
ARTS COUNCIL OF INDIANAPOLIS INC00035452 20,000.00 
BEE LINE LAUNDRY00003447 1,746.50 
BEE LINE LAUNDRY00003451 2,725.50 
BEE LINE LAUNDRY00003575 2,966.50 
BEE LINE LAUNDRY00003576 1,623.93 
BEE LINE LAUNDRY00003577 3,047.50 
BEE LINE LAUNDRY00003578 2,478.08 
BEE LINE LAUNDRY00003656 1,233.98 
BEE LINE LAUNDRY00003902 2,039.72 
BEE LINE LAUNDRY00003946 9,468.02 
BEE LINE LAUNDRY00003947 12,897.50 
BELL TECHLOGIX INC00036206 65,298.51 
BELL TECHLOGIX INC00036207 3,715.48 
BELL TECHLOGIX INC00036209 18,068.48 
BELL TECHLOGIX INC00036550 27,909.45 
BELL TECHLOGIX INC00036881 22,771.00 
BELL TECHLOGIX INC00036882 28,053.85 
BELL TECHLOGIX INC00036931 52,584.00 
BELL TECHLOGIX INC00036932 42,262.00 
BELL TECHLOGIX INC00036981 20,585.06 
BELL TECHLOGIX INC00036982 39,145.36 
BELL TECHLOGIX INC00036984 25,050.82 
BELL TECHLOGIX INC00036985 25,741.44 
BELL TECHLOGIX INC00036986 2,530.95 
BELL TECHLOGIX INC00036987 21,934.90 
BENSUSSEN DEUTSCH & ASSOCIATES LLC00003269 607,500.00 
BENSUSSEN DEUTSCH & ASSOCIATES LLC00003276 607,500.00 
BENSUSSEN DEUTSCH & ASSOCIATES LLC00003322 405,000.00 
BENSUSSEN DEUTSCH & ASSOCIATES LLC00003323 405,000.00 
BENSUSSEN DEUTSCH & ASSOCIATES LLC00003324 105,927.59 
BENSUSSEN DEUTSCH & ASSOCIATES LLC00003406 424,512.80 
BENSUSSEN DEUTSCH & ASSOCIATES LLC00003420 405,000.00 
BENSUSSEN DEUTSCH & ASSOCIATES LLC00003421 405,000.00 
BENSUSSEN DEUTSCH & ASSOCIATES LLC00003422 405,000.00 
BENSUSSEN DEUTSCH & ASSOCIATES LLC00003452 164,177.67 
BENSUSSEN DEUTSCH & ASSOCIATES LLC00003453 405,000.00 
BENSUSSEN DEUTSCH & ASSOCIATES LLC00003519 25,713.19 
BENSUSSEN DEUTSCH & ASSOCIATES LLC00003520 405,000.00 
BENSUSSEN DEUTSCH & ASSOCIATES LLC00003615 11,928.64 
BENSUSSEN DEUTSCH & ASSOCIATES LLC00003735 3,437.04 
BENSUSSEN DEUTSCH & ASSOCIATES LLC00003736 9,861.17 
BERKONE INC00036952 39,405.00 
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT BOARD00037130 3,583,883.02 
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT BOARD00037669 1,250,000.00 
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT BOARD00036813 1,000,000.00 
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT BOARD00036814 84,303.00 
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT BOARD00036780 11,000,000.00 
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT BOARD00036784 750,000.00 
CARAHSOFT TECHNOLOGY CORP00035949 350,000.00 
CARAHSOFT TECHNOLOGY CORP00036790 326,531.25 
CARAHSOFT TECHNOLOGY CORP00036791 19,500.00 
CARAHSOFT TECHNOLOGY CORP00036930 19,500.00 
CARAHSOFT TECHNOLOGY CORP00037047 188,125.00 
CENTRAL INDIANA CORP PARTNERSHIP INC00037140 732,150.00 
CITY MARKET CORPORATION00037632 142,137.00 
CITY OF BEECH GROVE00036407 119,302.36 
CITY OF BEECH GROVE00036480 70,538.30 
CITY OF BEECH GROVE00036481 13,007.55 
CITY OF BEECH GROVE00036994 8,892.79 
CITY OF LAWRENCE00036511 125,479.42 
CITY OF LAWRENCE00036746 142,049.43 
CITY OF LAWRENCE00036797 433,626.15 
CLAWSON COMMUNICATIONS INC00036957 20,976.46 
COALITION FOR HOMELESSNESS INTERVENTION00003739 21,549.64 
COALITION FOR HOMELESSNESS INTERVENTION00003740 64,150.96 
COALITION FOR HOMELESSNESS INTERVENTION00003741 80,299.05 
DELL FINANCIAL SERVICES LLC00036928 698,101.04 
DELL FINANCIAL SERVICES LLC00036934 1,007,784.96 
DELL FINANCIAL SERVICES LLC00037067 476,739.84 
DELL FINANCIAL SERVICES LLC00037068 330,241.68 
DELL MARKETING LP00035901 5,104.13 
DELL MARKETING LP00036341 15,078.01 
DELL MARKETING LP00037046 713,133.00 
DELL MARKETING LP00037254 41,037.50 
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE NETWORK OF00003650 3,601.50 
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE NETWORK OF00003651 3,451.08 
DYNAMARK GRAPHICS GROUP INC00028047 600.00 
EXTENDED STAY AMERICA00003602 82,500.00 
EXTENDED STAY AMERICA00003743 37,550.95 
EXTENDED STAY AMERICA00003744 45,363.15 
EXTENDED STAY AMERICA00003751 48,725.73 
EXTENDED STAY AMERICA00003752 178.47 
EXTENDED STAY AMERICA00003764 41,331.81 
EXTENDED STAY AMERICA00003765 43,381.76 
EXTENDED STAY AMERICA00003766 47,582.67 
F A WILHELM CONSTRUCTION CO INC00037033 534,700.00 
FAEGRE DRINKER BIDDLE & REATH LLP00003772 40,972.50 
FASTENAL CO00027962 518.48 
FASTENAL CO00027964 107.70 
FASTENAL CO00027972 730.20 
FASTENAL CO00027984 2,697.79 
FMG INDIANAPOLIS LLC00037192 850.00 
FMG INDIANAPOLIS LLC00037193 3,500.00 
GLEANERS FOOD BANK OF INDIANA INC00003593 488,062.50 
GLEANERS FOOD BANK OF INDIANA INC00003724 107,937.50 
GLEANERS FOOD BANK OF INDIANA INC00003596 274,857.90 
GLEANERS FOOD BANK OF INDIANA INC00003715 12,678.62 
GLEANERS FOOD BANK OF INDIANA INC00003718 170,084.64 
GLEANERS FOOD BANK OF INDIANA INC00003719 35,482.29 
GLEANERS FOOD BANK OF INDIANA INC00003720 200,248.07 
GLEANERS FOOD BANK OF INDIANA INC00003724 1,555,353.98 
GLEANERS FOOD BANK OF INDIANA INC00003932 175,142.10 
GLEANERS FOOD BANK OF INDIANA INC00003933 82,388.40 
HEALTH & HOSPITAL CORP OF MARION COUNTY00003867 3,319,022.72 
HEALTH & HOSPITAL CORP OF MARION COUNTY00003965 5,138,936.33 
HEALTH & HOSPITAL CORP OF MARION COUNTY00003987 1,214,030.95 
HERD STRATEGIES LLC00003763 8,240.00 
HOME DEPOT USA INC00028045 719.40 
HOME DEPOT USA INC00028048 199.92 
HOME DEPOT USA INC00028049 10,935.00 
HOME DEPOT USA INC00028054 569.82 
IMMIGRANT WELCOME CENTER INC00003753 26,885.48 
INDIANA RELIEF LLC00035899 5,000,000.00 
INDIANA RELIEF LLC00036988 250,000.00 
INDIANA UNIVERSITY00003526 346,338.29 
INDIANA UNIVERSITY00003700 371,598.10 
INDIANA UNIVERSITY00003868 989,100.00 
INDIANA UNIVERSITY00003869 503,636.09 
INDIANAPOLIS-MARION CO BLDG AUTHORITY00035950 20,790.18 
INDIANAPOLIS-MARION CO BLDG AUTHORITY00035951 91,454.24 
INDIANAPOLIS-MARION CO BLDG AUTHORITY00036364 6,760.79 
INDPLS LOCAL PUBL IMPROVEMENT BOND BANK00037069 325.71 
INDPLS MARION CTY PUBLIC LIBRARY00036499 130,121.09 
INDPLS MARION CTY PUBLIC LIBRARY00036512 42,192.44 
INDPLS NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING PARTNERSHIP00036722 2,000,000.00 
INDPLS PRIVATE INDUSTRY COUNCIL INC00035593 1,500,000.00 
INDPLS PRIVATE INDUSTRY COUNCIL INC00036269 1,144,000.00 
INDPLS PRIVATE INDUSTRY COUNCIL INC00036642 2,060,000.00 
INDPLS PRIVATE INDUSTRY COUNCIL INC00036943 202,915.44 
INDPLS PRIVATE INDUSTRY COUNCIL INC00037135 499,903.00 
INDPLS PRIVATE INDUSTRY COUNCIL INC00036276 1,050,000.00 
INDY PUBLIC SAFETY FOUNDATION00003640 25,000.00 
INVOICE CLOUD INC00037019 17,499.95 
JOHN H BONER COMMUNITY CENTER00035510 7,500,000.00 
JOHN H BONER COMMUNITY CENTER00035538 7,500,000.00 
JOHN H BONER COMMUNITY CENTER00036169 7,500,000.00 
JOHN H BONER COMMUNITY CENTER00036470 7,500,000.00 
JOHN H BONER COMMUNITY CENTER00036995 2,000,000.00 
JOHN H BONER COMMUNITY CENTER00037262 1,100,000.00 
JOHN H BONER COMMUNITY CENTER00037702 750,000.00 
JP MORGAN CHASE BANK00003856 7,500.00 
KEEP INDIANAPOLIS BEAUTIFUL INC00036811 30,000.00 
KEEP INDIANAPOLIS BEAUTIFUL INC00037134 20,554.45 
KNOWLEDGE SERVICES00036365 4,932.00 
KNOWLEDGE SERVICES00036665 2,740.00 
KNOWLEDGE SERVICES00036666 98.48 
KNOWLEDGE SERVICES00036951 5,480.00 
KNOWLEDGE SERVICES00036953 10,412.00 
KNOWLEDGE SERVICES00037045 98.48 
LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP00036263 14,100.00 
LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP00036264 11,571.74 
LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP00036489 6,720.00 
LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP00036818 33,454.26 
LESSONLY INC00036885 194,251.42 
LESSONLY INC00036963 202,999.99 
MANGAS GLOBAL SOLUTIONS INC00003539 2,240.00 
MANGAS GLOBAL SOLUTIONS INC00003540 3,520.00 
MANGAS GLOBAL SOLUTIONS INC00003541 3,520.00 
MANGAS GLOBAL SOLUTIONS INC00003623 22,008.57 
MANGAS GLOBAL SOLUTIONS INC00003632 23,879.96 
MANGAS GLOBAL SOLUTIONS INC00003820 24,397.12 
MANGAS GLOBAL SOLUTIONS INC00003836 27,575.59 
MARION COUNTY00036247 35,925.51 
MARION COUNTY00036830 10,298.65 
MARION COUNTY00036817 7,162,944.00 
MARION COUNTY00036833 18,017.09 
MARION COUNTY00036983 222,383.00 
MARION COUNTY00037866 40,724.10 
MARION COUNTY00036753 1,696,214.40 
MARION COUNTY00036275 71,647.56 
MARION COUNTY00036868 18,244.00 
MARION COUNTY00036243 26,664.60 
MARION COUNTY00036973 7,911.60 
MARION COUNTY CLERK00036991 8,511.47 
MARION COUNTY CLERK00037034 10,793.52 
MARION COUNTY CLERK00037601 8,765.68 
MIDWEST FOOD BANK NP00003491 41,376.89 
MIDWEST FOOD BANK NP00003566 182,320.04 
MIDWEST FOOD BANK NP00003567 65,448.89 
MIDWEST FOOD BANK NP00003568 86,098.66 
MIDWEST FOOD BANK NP00003569 114,828.56 
MIDWEST FOOD BANK NP00003570 76,534.39 
MIDWEST FOOD BANK NP00003604 69,535.49 
MIDWEST FOOD BANK NP00003919 106,748.47 
MIDWEST FOOD BANK NP00003920 721,608.61 
MUSICAL FAMILY TREE INC00035787 125,000.00 
NEIGHBORHOOD  CHRISTIAN LEGAL CLINIC00003647 31,007.26 
NEIGHBORHOOD  CHRISTIAN LEGAL CLINIC00003732 4,183.12 
NEIGHBORHOOD  CHRISTIAN LEGAL CLINIC00003996 110.00 
NEIGHBORHOOD SELF-EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVE00036816 150,000.00 
NEIGHBORHOOD SELF-EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVE00036970 72,102.00 
NEIGHBORHOOD SELF-EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVE00035342 5,000,000.00 
PARKER GRANT SOLUTIONS LLC00035647 9,625.00 
PARKER GRANT SOLUTIONS LLC00036057 7,437.50 
PARKER GRANT SOLUTIONS LLC00036334 7,375.00 
PARKER GRANT SOLUTIONS LLC00036414 7,500.00 
PARKER GRANT SOLUTIONS LLC00036883 7,500.00 
PARKER GRANT SOLUTIONS LLC00036993 7,187.50 
PARKER GRANT SOLUTIONS LLC00037521 6,875.00 
PHVIF III INDIANAPOLIS LLC00003674 221,760.00 
PHVIF III INDIANAPOLIS LLC00003844 126,720.00 
PHVIF III INDIANAPOLIS LLC00003845 126,720.00 
PHVIF III INDIANAPOLIS LLC00003872 465,852.55 
PHVIF III INDIANAPOLIS LLC00003901 4,789.32 
PHVIF III INDIANAPOLIS LLC00003997 4,158.13 
PRESIDIO HOLDINGS INC00036210 3,114,668.67 
PRESIDIO HOLDINGS INC00036335 1,959.38 
PRESIDIO HOLDINGS INC00036336 10,670.00 
PRESIDIO HOLDINGS INC00036337 4,652.50 
PRESIDIO HOLDINGS INC00036338 456,040.00 
PRESIDIO HOLDINGS INC00036538 4,430.72 
PRESIDIO HOLDINGS INC00036539 1,237.50 
PRESIDIO HOLDINGS INC00036540 990.00 
PRESIDIO HOLDINGS INC00037048 19,200.00 
PRESIDIO HOLDINGS INC00037049 23,150.00 
PRESIDIO HOLDINGS INC00037114 165.00 
PRESIDIO HOLDINGS INC00037115 787.50 
PRESIDIO HOLDINGS INC00037123 48,731.33 
PRESIDIO HOLDINGS INC00037245 1,120,969.80 
PRESIDIO HOLDINGS INC00037246 76,800.00 
PROMISE CREDIT SOLUTIONS LLC00003703 5,195.93 
PROMISE CREDIT SOLUTIONS LLC00003704 137,275.24 
PROMISE CREDIT SOLUTIONS LLC00003705 7,528.83 
SHIEL SEXTON COMPANY INC00035298 62,822.28 
SHIEL SEXTON COMPANY INC00035576 54,169.03 
SHIEL SEXTON COMPANY INC00035845 45,162.87 
SHIEL SEXTON COMPANY INC00036134 40,899.61 
SHIEL SEXTON COMPANY INC00036478 73,943.04 
SHIEL SEXTON COMPANY INC00036800 25,334.33 
SHIEL SEXTON COMPANY INC00037032 26,290.86 
SHIEL SEXTON COMPANY INC00037522 35,684.87 
SIGNS DIRECT INC00028046 3,530.35 
STEP-UP INC00003767 493.00 
STEP-UP INC00003768 15,733.60 
STEP-UP INC00003769 11,246.07 
STEP-UP INC00003770 10,986.54 
TOWN OF CLERMONT00037021 20,739.00 
TOWN OF ROCKY RIPPLE00036242 3,308.45 
TOWN OF ROCKY RIPPLE00036972 5,934.55 
TOWN OF SPEEDWAY00036832 172,844.00 
UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL INDIANA00035733 2,000,000.00 
VISIT INDY INC00035841 335,992.05 
VISIT INDY INC00036137 388,426.58 
VISIT INDY INC00036808 265,412.26 
WARREN TOWNSHIP00037037 47,655.21 
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE00036562 1,798.50 
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE00036565 4,269.97 
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE00037252 6,510.28 
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE00037257 53,443.58 
WAYNE TOWNSHIP00036482 131.96 
WAYNE TOWNSHIP00036483 59,430.54 
WAYNE TOWNSHIP00036485 800.00 
WAYNE TOWNSHIP00036488 2,104.09 
WAYNE TOWNSHIP00036553 1,339.54 
WAYNE TOWNSHIP00036561 11,850.87 
WELL DONE MARKETING INC00035903 19,999.67 
WELL DONE MARKETING INC00035904 41,904.60 
WELL DONE MARKETING INC00035905 4,998.81 
WELL DONE MARKETING INC00036815 4,310.00 
WELL DONE MARKETING INC00037075 7,387.50 
WELL DONE MARKETING INC00003775 17,675.00 
WELL DONE MARKETING INC00003776 142,447.64 
WHEELER MISSION MINISTIRES INC00003742 148,065.00 
WHEELER MISSION MINISTIRES INC00003762 333,700.58 
Information provided by city of Indianapolis

This is the first story in a series we’re calling “INside Story.” The rest of Richards stories looking into coronavirus relief bill spending will air each evening this week on News 8.

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