DES MOINES – The Iowa Finance Authority Board of Directors recently awarded $824,655 in grants to twenty-five organizations to assist homeless and domestic violence shelters with costs associated with providing essential services and emergency shelter operations. The funding is made available through the Shelter Assistance Fund program.
“The grants announced [last week] will have a direct impact on thousands of Iowans in need of assistance and provide many positive ripple effects to communities all throughout Iowa,” said Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Dave Jamison. “The Iowa Finance Authority is proud to partner with these organizations to support their vital work in serving some of Iowa’s most vulnerable citizens in 79 Iowa counties.”
In Mason City, Community Kitchen of North Iowa was awarded $29,250 and Northern Lights Alliance for the Homeless was awarded $32,370.
The Iowa Council on Homelessness reports that 18,810 Iowans experienced homelessness in 2013 and a total of 11,811 were served by a shelter.