DES MOINES – The board of directors of the Iowa Finance Authority recently approved more than $ 4.8 million in grants to help 47 agencies implement initiatives to help the homeless during the year calendar 2022.

The YWCA Clinton Empowerment Center will receive a grant of $ 103,176 for emergency solutions and a grant of $ 24,985 from the Housing Assistance Fund. The Pathway Living Center will receive a Housing Assistance Fund grant of $ 8,871.

The homeless assistance prices will have a direct impact on helping thousands of Iowa residents in times of need, said Iowa Finance Authority executive director Debi Durham.

“Iowa’s homeless service professionals work tirelessly to help the people of Iowa get back on their feet and find permanent housing and this funding will help those efforts,” she said. .

Those in need of homeless assistance should call the coordinated entry system at (833) 739-0065. Residents of Des Moines or Polk County should call centralized admission at (515) 248-1850.

Funding is made available through the Federal Emergency Solutions Grant program and the state-funded Shelter Assistance Fund. The Iowa Finance Authority held 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 management of subsidies.

Emergency Solutions Grant Program

The primary goal of the Federal Emergency Solutions Grants program is to help Iowa residents and their families quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness. Examples of eligible services include rental and other emergency financial assistance, outreach services, case management, and support services. The program is administered by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Iowa Finance Authority in Iowa. Twenty-seven agencies received a total of more than $ 2.7 million in 2022 Emergency Solutions Grant program funds.

Housing assistance fund

The state-funded Shelter Assistance Fund program provides assistance to help cover the costs of running homeless and domestic violence shelters, essential homeless services, and assessment and reporting services. Thirty-five agencies received a total of more than $ 2.1 million in 2022 Housing Assistance Fund grants.

Agencies were eligible to apply for up to $ 150,000 in shelter assistance, based on their available shelter beds and shelter nights provided over the past two years, and up to $ 50,000 in street assistance. Agencies were also eligible to apply for funding to provide rapid rehousing and / or homelessness prevention on a regional basis, through a network of 17 co-ordinated services / co-ordinated entry regions for homelessness services. roaming across the state. Eligible regional amounts were determined based on the needs and historical predictors of homelessness in each county.