Sexual Assault Housing & Sheltering

Home Services Sexual Assault Housing & Sheltering

Crime victims services

For survivors of sexual assault, it can be difficult to regain a sense of safety, and to maintain safe and affordable housing. It's critical that victims of sexual violence have a place to go where they can feel safe and secure.

Friends of the Family offers shelter services to residents of 14 Iowa counties, including:

  • Allamakee
  • Bremer
  • Benton
  • Buchanan
  • Black Hawk
  • Chickasaw
  • Clayton
  • Delaware
  • Dubuque
  • Fayette
  • Howard
  • Jones
  • Linn
  • Winneshiek

emergency shelter options

The Friends' House Emergency Safety Shelter is a 21-bed facility that is staffed by certified victim advocates at all times. This shelter is in a confidential location and is a secure facility that features coded doors and an advanced security system to prevent anyone from entering the facility who shouldn't be there.

A variety of other confidential shelter options are located throughout the 14-county region. Crisis line staff work with survivors to identify which shelter option best fits their unique safety needs.

Housing Assistance

For a variety of reasons, sexual assault survivors often have to leave their current living situation. Friends of the Family’s rapid re-housing and homeless prevention services provides assistance to survivors that allows them to obtain and retain safe and affordable housing to help them start over.

FOF staff assist survivors with creating safety plans and identifying ways to overcome barriers for housing.

The program helps survivors:

  • Connect with supportive community resources and organizations
  • Develop budget habits to create a plan of safety
  • Develop financial literacy skills
  • Restart your life free of violence

Contact Us to Learn More About Housing Assistance

If you are homeless or someone you know is homeless because of sexual assault or currently living in an unsafe place, please call FOF and speak with a member of our staff.

Call Us:

  • Victim Services Hotline: 319-352-0037