Homeless Services

Turning Point Transitional Housing Project:

Cedar Valley Friends of the Family offers help in obtaining and maintaining housing for those that are struggling with homelessness. The program provides services in Allamakee, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek counties. This service offers rental assistance, case management and advocacy as well as referrals to resources that provide other types of assistance for a maximum of two years.

Housing case management and advocacy helps individuals and families:

  • Help finding safe and affordable housingclient quote TH
  • Rent and utility assistance
  • Supportive Services such as:
    • Employment assistance
    • Child Care assistance
    • Mental Health/Substance Abuse Counseling
    • Outpatient Health Care
    • Life Skill counseling/Case Management services
    • Transportation Assistance
  • Secure and maintain permanent housing
  • Achieve self-sufficiency
  • Get connected to other community resources that can help.

Expectations for the Turning Point Project include:

  • Work at least 15 hours a week
  • Create and follow an individual case plan
  • Meet a caseworker once a week for in-home visits to work on identifying needs and barriers to maintaining permanent housing including budgeting and life skill development
  • Volunteer 5 hours a month for a community organization
  • Participate in mental health or substance abuse counseling
  • Work toward self-sufficiency

To be eligible for the program, each applicant must:

  • Meet HUD’s definition of homelessness
  • Verification of homeless situation must be provided in writing at time of application
  • Each applicant must have been a resident of our nine county area for at least 6 months out of the last 12 months prior to the date of application
  • Priority will be given to households with children who are homeless and residing in shelter due to domestic violence
  • Applicants living in subsidized housing units (Section 8 for example) at the time of program entry are not eligible

The first step is to call 319-352-1108 or 1-800-410-7233 and talk with a CVFF staff member.

 

Northeast Iowa Permanent Housing Program:

The program provides services in Allamakee, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek counties. This service offers rental assistance, case management and advocacy as well as referrals to resources that provide other types of assistance.

Our goal is to help you secure housing first.  After you have secured housing and become stabilized, your Housing Support Specialist will work with you on maintaining housing.  These areas will be addressed in one on one in-home visits with your Housing Support Specialist.   This will give you time to work on mutually agreed upon goals that lead to maintaining housing.  Goals may include but are not limited to:

  • Tenant rights/responsibilities
  • Landlord rights/responsibilities
  • Increasing income
  • Building informal supports
  • Budgeting/financial literacy
  • Volunteering/community engagement
  • Addressing mental health/substance abuse needs
  • Working towards stability

Benefits of the program may include:

Help finding and maintaining safe and affordable housing

Rent and utility assistance.

Supportive Services such as:

  •          Life skills counseling
  •         Employment assistance
  •         Childcare assistance
  •         Budgeting/financial literacy
  •         Transportation assistance
  •         Referrals to community resources
  •         Mental Health/Substance Abuse counseling
  •         Outpatient healthcare

Eligibility Requirements

Each applicant must meet HUD’s definition of homelessness. Verification of homeless situation must be provided in writing at time of social history.

Each applicant must have been a resident of our nine county service area for at least 6 months out of the 12 months prior to the date of application.

Each applicant household must have a documented disability which provides significant barriers to housing stability.

* 2 rental slots are reserved for military veterans * Veterans do not have to meet residency requirements to qualify. *

Applicants living in subsidized housing units (section 8, for example) at the time of program entry are not eligible.

Priority will be given to households who are:

  • Residing in shelter
  • Living on the streets/uninhabitable situations
  • Fleeing domestic violence/sexual assault

The first step is to call 319-352-1108 or 1-800-410-7233 and talk with a CVFF staff member.

 

Rapid Housing Initiative:

Rapid Housing Initiative is a rapid re-housing program that provides rent and utility assistance as well as one-on-one case management services, for up to two years, to those experiencing homelessness in Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Franklin, Mitchell and Worth Counties. 

 

Case management helps individuals and families:

 

  • Help finding safe and affordable housing
  • Rent and utility assistance
  • Supportive Services such as:
    • Employment assistance
    • Child Care assistance
    • Mental Health/Substance Abuse Counseling
    • Outpatient Health Care
    • Life Skill counseling/Case Management services
    • Transportation Assistance
  • Secure and maintain permanent housing
  • Achieve self-sufficiency
  • Get connected to other community resources that can help.

 

To be eligible for the program, each applicant must:

 

  • Meet HUD’s definition of homelessness
  • Verification of homeless situation must be provided in writing at time of application
  • Each applicant must have been a resident of our nine county area for at least 6 months out of the last 12 months prior to the date of application
  • Priority will be given to the chronically homeless, and persons fleeing domestic violence
  • Applicants living in subsidized housing units (Section 8 for example) at the time of program entry are not eligible

 

The first step is to call 319-352-1108 or 1-800-410-7233 and talk with a CVFF staff member.

Cedar Valley Friends of the Family is dedicated to providing meaningful and quality services to persons regardless of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, marital status, socio-economic status, and religion. We celebrate diversity and strive to meet each individual’s culturally specific needs.  Our agency embraces these same beliefs in our employment practices, and encourage all interested persons to respond to job postings regardless of any identities held in the classes stated above.