The Iowa Finance Authority Board of Directors today awarded $900,776 in grants to 27 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.
Centers Against Abuse & Sexual Assault in Spencer was awarded $17,000 in the distribution of grant funding.
"The Iowa Finance Authority is proud to provide our partner organizations with funds that are vital to their continued work in serving some of Iowa's most vulnerable citizens," Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Dave Jamison said. "Through the grants announced today, it is our goal that many Iowans and their families can be prevented from becoming homeless or quickly regain affordable housing."
The Iowa Finance Authority received 39 eligible applications for the 2013 round, requesting more than $1.3 million in funding. The program is funded with proceeds from the Real Estate Transfer Tax, of which $900,776 is available for the 2013 Shelter Assistance program. Shelter Assistance Fund applications are accepted on an annual basis and are judged through a competitive process.
The Iowa Council on Homelessness reports that 17,900 homeless Iowans were served by service providers throughout the state in 2011, which is a decline from 18,212 in 2010. Iowa's homelessness assistance and prevention programs throughout the state assisted an unduplicated total of more than 44,607 Iowans in 2011.