Homeless & Crisis Assistance

Homeless & Crisis Assistance

Helping Foster Youth Secure Housing

Approximately 23,000 youth age out of the foster care system each year.  For youth who age out of the foster care system, finding reliable and secure housing is one of their biggest challenges.  Of these youth, approximately 11 percent to 36 percent become homeless, while another 25 percent to 50 percent experience unstable housing.  Today, the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth, co-chaired by Sens

Senators Announce Caucus on Foster Youth Panel Discussion on Homelessness

Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Debbie Stabenow, leaders of the Caucus on Foster Youth, today announced a panel discussion on homelessness among foster youth. Homelessness and unstable housing are serious problems for the approximately 23,000 youth who age out of the foster care system each year. The panel discussion will take place on Friday, May 15, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. in 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building (Judiciary Committee Hearing Room)

Harkin Announces more than $457,000 for Homeless Assistance Programs in Iowa

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced a total of $457,430 in homeless assistance funds for programs across Iowa. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Continuum of Care Program. Harkin is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that funds housing initiatives

Iowa Finance Authority Awards more than $900,000 in Grants for Homelessness Services in Iowa

Des Moines - January 10, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Iowa Finance Authority Board of Directors today awarded $900,776 in grants to twenty-seven organizations to assist homeless and domestic violence shelters with costs associated with providing essential services, emergency shelter operations and homelessness prevention services. The funding is made available through the Shelter Assistance Fund program

Boswell Announces Over $500,000 for Homeless Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - September 20, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congressman Leonard Boswell (IA-3) today announced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded $511,146 to the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of Greater Des Moines to help serve homeless Veterans

Boswell Announces New Funding for Homeless Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - July 18, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congressman Leonard Boswell (IA-3) today announced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded $362,170...


Washington, DC - March 28, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Iowa Congressman Tom Latham on Tuesday voted in favor of bipartisan legislation to extend new help to homeless veterans.


Des Moines, IA - November 17, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds today proclaimed November 12-20, 2011 as Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week in Iowa. Iowa joins with 500 other communities and organizations throughout the country in bringing awareness to the issues. The Iowa Council on Homelessness has published new homelessness data citing a slight decrease in homelessness in 2010 and an increase in overall Iowans served for homelessness prevention.

Iowa Finance Authority awards more than $2 million in grants to assist 123 homeless...

Des Moines, IA - November 7, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Iowa Finance Authority Board of Directors recently announced awards of more than $2 million in state and federal grants to assist homeless assistance projects in 35 counties throughout the state. The funds are made available through the Homeless Assistance Program, which is a combination of the federal Emergency Shelter Grant program and the state Shelter Assistance Fund programs and are jointly administered by the Iowa Finance Authority.

HUD Awards Funds for Permanent Supportive Housing

Sioux City, IA - May 4, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan awarded more than $216 million to nearly 700 new homeless programs across the country. This amount represents $26 million more than last year’s grants and, combined with renewal funding announced earlier this year, represents the most homelessness assistance ever awarded by HUD. Three categories of funding were available:

Results of the Annual Point in Time Homeless Count

February 3, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Siouxland Coalition to End Homelessness (SCEH), in coordination with the City of Sioux City, conducted the annual Point in Time count on Wednesday, January 26. The Point in Time (PIT) count is a snapshot count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night, typically at the end of January. Cities across the country participate in this event as a requirement to receive funding for homeless activities from the Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Human Right, Iowa Legal Aid, The Boys Club, and North Middle School Students Helping...

January 26, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Human Rights, Iowa Legal Aid, The Boys Club, and North Middle School Students Helping the Homeless. Human Rights VISTAs, Legal Aid, The Boys Club and North Middle School Students have all been hard at work gathering much needed items for the homeless in our community. All have devoted time to increase the awareness and advocacy of homeless by requesting donations of items which will be passed out during the annual Point in Time Count.

More Than $1 Million in Loans and Grants to Iowa from USDA

WASHINGTON, DC - September 28, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Senator Chuck Grassley today said that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Rural Development has awarded two grants totaling $465,000, and three loans totaling $828,000 to Iowa through the Rural Economic Development Grant and Intermediary Relending programs

First Lady Mari Culver Announces Success of Homelessness Initiatives

DES MOINES, IA - July 16, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- First Lady Mari Culver today announced that a combination of state and federal programs designed to combat homelessness are helping thousands of Iowans achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. First, the Culver/Judge I-JOBS initiative includes three housing-related programs that provided $40 million to help agencies that provide services to the homeless and low-income Iowans. Second, the federal Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program – called Iowa Rental Help in Iowa – has assisted more than 8,000 Iowans since October.

$399,875 to Help Iowa’s Homeless Veterans

WASHINGTON, DC - June 23, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Senator Chuck Grassley today said that the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded two grants totaling $399,875 to Iowa organizations through the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program


HUD Secretary Donovan and Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller Unveil First...

WASHINGTON, DC - August 3, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan and Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced today the launch of the National Mortgage Servicing Settlement’s first public service announcement (PSA) television ad titled “Homeowner Help.” The PSA, which can be viewed at www.hud.gov and www.nationalmortgagesettlement.com, is designed to educate homeowners about the resources available to them through the mortgage servicing settlement.


Eastern Iowa Businessman Sentenced to Prison for Failing to Pay Employment...

An Eastern Iowa businessman who failed to pay over employment taxes and violated the Clean Water Act by causing ethanol to be discharged into a tributary of the Maquoketa River, was sentenced today in federal court in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to 15 months in federal prison, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Sean R. Berry of the Northern District of Iowa