DES MOINES, Iowa – Over $4.8 million in grants has been approved for 47 agencies dealing with the homeless.
“The homelessness assistance awards announced today will have a direct impact in helping thousands of Iowans in their time of need,” says Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Debi Durham. “Iowa’s homeless service professionals work tirelessly to help get Iowans back on their feet and into permanent housing and this funding will aid in those efforts.”
The funding comes from the federal Emergency Solutions Grant program and the State-funded Shelter Assistance Fund. The Iowa Finance Authority conducted a combined competition for the two programs and applications were scored in several categories, including project design, experience and capacity, community partnerships, performance, budget and grants management.
Among those receiving funding are:
Community Kitchen of North Iowa, Cerro Gordo County - $20,340
Friends of the Family, Bremer County - $27,201
The Salvation Army of Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Black Hawk County - $64,694
The primary purpose of the Federal Emergency Solutions Grant program is to help Iowans and their families quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness. The State-funded Shelter Assistance Fund program provides assistance to help with the costs of operations of homeless and domestic violence shelters, essential services for the homeless and evaluation and reporting services.