Homeless Housing Assistance

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A Variety of Rental Assistance Programs

One of our key missions at Friends of the Family is providing assistance that help individuals overcome barriers to maintaining stable housing. Our Homeless Assistance programs provides rental assistance, case management and advocacy to qualified individual.

FOF’s Homeless Assistance Programs Include:

Supportive Housing & Turning Point Rural Housing Programs

A rental assistance and case management program for residents of Allamakee, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties.  

Program requirements
  • Participants must be living in a shelter, on the streets, or fleeing domestic violence, sexual assault, or human trafficking.
  • 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
  • Work toward self-sufficiency

**Permanent Supportive Housing - must have a documented disability & chronic homeless status**

Rapid Housing Initiative of North Iowa

This program provides rental assistance for individuals experiencing homelessness for residents of Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Franklin, Mitchell and Worth Counties.

Program Requirements
  • Participants must be living in a shelter, on the streets, or fleeing domestic violence, sexual assault, or human trafficking.
  • 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
  • Work toward self-sufficiency

Safely Home


This program provides transitional housing or housing assistance for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, or human trafficking which has led to them experiencing homeless for residents of Benton, Black Hawk, Delaware, Dubuque, Grundy, Jones, Linn, and Tama Counties.

Program requirements
  • Participants must be experiencing housing instability, literal homelessness, or doubling up within 3 months.
  • 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
  • Work toward self-sufficiency

Homeless Prevention & Rapid Rehousing (ESG-CARES)


The program provides housing assistance to those who are experiencing literal homelessness or are at imminent risk of being homeless for residents of Allamakee, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Hamilton, Hancock, Howard, Kossuth, Mitchell, Winnebago, Winneshiek, Worth, and Wright Counties.

Program requirements:
  • Participants must lack a fixed, regular, & adequate nighttime residence or be facing imminent loss of their primary residence.
  • 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
  • Work toward self-sufficiency

Crime Victims Homeless Prevention 


This program provides rental assistance to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, or human trafficking that has lead to them experiencing housing instability for residents of Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Grundy, Howard, Jones, Linn, Tama, and Winnesheik Counties.

Program Requirements:
  • Participants must be experiencing housing instability, literal homelessness, or doubling up within 3 months.
  • Ready to move on from the violent relationship that has caused their housing crisis.
  • 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
  • Work toward self-sufficiency

Home Free


This program provides housing or relocation assistance to survivors of human trafficking for residents of Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Howard, Jones, Linn, and Winneshiek Counties. 

Program requirements:
  • Experienced trafficking within the last year that has impacted their safely & housing stability
  • 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
  • Work toward self-sufficiency

Homelessness Program Benefits

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