Homeless Housing Assistance

Home Services Homeless Assistance

A Variety of Rental Assistance Programs

One of our key missions at Friends of the Family is providing assistance that help individuals overcome the barriers that can lead to homelessness. With our Homeless Assistance programs, we provide rental assistance, case management and advocacy to qualified individuals for up to two years.

FOF’s Homeless Assistance Programs Include:

Turning Point Housing Program:

  • A rental assistance and case management program for residents of Allamakee, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek Counties that provides assistance for up to two years.
Program Requirements
  • Create and follow an individual case plan
  • Meet a caseworker once a week for in-home visits to work on identifying needs and barriers to maintaining permanent housing including budgeting and life skill development
  • Participate in mental health or substance abuse counseling
  • Work toward self-sufficiency

Northeast Iowa Permanent Housing Program:

  • Work with a housing support specialist to find secure housing to work on mutually-agreed-upon goals to maintain housing long term. Available in Allamakee, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek Counties.
Program Requirements
  • Each applicant household must have a documented disability which provides significant barriers to housing stability.
  • Priority given to households that are residing in a shelter, living on the streets or fleeing domestic violence or sexual assault.

North Iowa Rapid Rehousing Program:

  • This program provides rent and utility assistance for individuals experiencing homelessness in Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Franklin, Mitchell and Worth Counties.
Program Requirements
  • Priority will be given to the chronically homeless and persons fleeing domestic violence.

Homelessness Prevention Program Benefits

With the case management services offered by FOF, for individuals and families enrolled in our homelessness prevention programs receive:

  • Help finding safe and affordable housing
  • Rent assistance
  • Employment Assistance
  • Childcare assistance
  • Mental health and substance abuse counseling
  • Outpatient healthcare services
  • Life skill counseling
  • Transportation assistance
  • Secure, permanent housing
  • Self-sufficiency
  • Support from community assistance organizations

Program Enrollment Requirements

There are eligibility requirements for individuals enrolled in the FOF homelessness prevention programs. These requirements include:

  • Meet the definition of homelessness established by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Verification of homeless situation must be provided in writing at time of application
  • Applicants living in subsidized housing unit (Section 8) at the time of program entry are not eligible