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Contact: Friends of the Family, Ben Brustkern  

Phone: 319-352-1108, Ext. 207

Email: [email protected]

Safely Home & Home Free

New program options available for families experiencing housing instability in Northeast/Northcentral Iowa counties.


Effective January 1, 2021 – Safely Home – This Continuum of Care funded program is for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, or human trafficking that are experiencing housing instability due to their victimization. This program provides up to 90 days in transitional housing in a fully furnished unit, or up to 24 months of rapid re-housing assistance, such as rental, utility, or deposit assistance. Services offered: transitional and permanent housing, resource referrals, landlord advocacy, housing search/housing placement, safely planning, employment connections, victim advocacy, and guidance on survivor rights. Covered counties: Benton, Black Hawk, Delaware, Dubuque, Grundy, Jones, Linn, and Tama.


Effective February 20. 2021 – Home Free – This Department of Justice funded program is for survivors of sex or labor trafficking who need housing assistance. This program provides up to 24 months of rapid re-housing assistance such as rental, utility, and deposit assistance, or cover the cost of relocation. Services offered: victim advocacy, legal advocacy and accompaniment, medical advocacy and accompaniment, resource referrals, understanding survivor rights and options for housing support, landlord advocacy, housing search/housing placement, safety planning, and employment connections. Covered counties: Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Howard, Jones, Linn, and Winneshiek.


To determine eligibility, please call our crisis line to speak to an advocate 24/7, 1-800-410-7233.


Our mission: To provide safe shelter, confidential services, and housing assistance to individuals in crisis due to homelessness, domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

Our vision: Everyone has a home.


Media – for interviews, please call Ben Brustkern, Executive Director, at 319-352-1108 ext. 207, or email [email protected].