Shelter House gets financial assistance for housing first initiative

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) — The Shelter House has a new partnership with the Iowa City Housing Authority (ICHA) which will help fund a new housing first initiative.

The initiative comes in the form of Cross Park Place, a 24-unit apartment building that provides housing and support for homeless individuals with a disabling condition, according to a press release.

The Shelter House received $2.7 million from the Iowa Fiance Authority back in 2017, along with $463,000 from the Housing Trust of Johnson County to construct the apartment building.

The new partnership with ICHA will provide Shelter House with financial assistance for funding of the Cross Park Place in the form of vouchers.

24 of ICHA’s 1,215 tenant-based vouchers will be converted to project-based vouchers.

The tenants will then pay the difference between rent charged and what’s covered by the project-based voucher. According to the press release, all funding is provided by the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In a statement Housing Administrator, Steven Rackis said, “Attaching Project Based Vouchers (PBVs) to Cross Park Place residents enables service providers to work more efficiently with residents and improve access to services. The PBV systems is particularly well suited to permanent supportive housing models.”

Cross Park Place is located at 820 Cross Park Ave., Iowa City. The building includes on-site officers and an exam room for case managers.

Ashley Neighbor

Ashley Neighbor

Reporter, Cedar Rapids
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