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Partners United for Supportive Housing in Cedar Rapids

PUSH-CR is a collaborative effort to implement lowa's first supportive housing designed specifically for families who are at risk of or already involved with the child welfare system as a result of homelessness or housing crisis. Through a coordinated, community-wide system that includes housing in safe and affordable environments, intensive service coordination and access to a full array of home and community-based services, families will be provided with a stable, healthy environment for their children while reducing their involvement with child welfare.

Lead Organization

Four Oaks Family and Children’s Services

Location

Cedar Rapids, IA

Number of families to serve

125 families

Family Selection Criteria

Income: Family income qualifies for a Housing Choice Voucher

Child Welfare Involvement: Families must be involved with the child welfare system

Housing Stability: At the time of referral, PUSH-CR families will be:

  • homeless or at risk of homelessness,
  • living in shelters or transitional housing
  • unstably housed
  • fleeing from domestic violence

Multiple high needs: Families must have one or more serious conditions that impact day-to-day functioning and contribute to child welfare involvement and/or homelessness:

  • physical/developmental disabilities
  • chronic health issues
  • mental health problems
  • substance abuse
  • criminal history
  • trauma or domestic violence history

Partners

  • Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS)
  • Affordable Housing Network, Inc., (AHNI)
  • Cedar Rapids Housing Services
  • Waypoint & Foundation 2
  • Area Substance Abuse Council
  • Abbe Center for Community Mental Health
  • Horizons
  • Cedar Rapids Public Schools
  • Kirkwood Community College, Public Health, Civil Rights
  • Diversity Focus
  • Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation
  • United Way
  • Iowa Children’s Justice
  • University of Iowa
  • Leadership Circle
  • Casey Family Programs
  • National Center on Family Homelessness

 

download the Partners United for Supportive Housing fact sheet

 

 

 

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