Cross Park Place – a Housing First project of Shelter House
By finding a solution to the frequent user issue, the FUSE (frequent user systems engagement) program serves as a catalyst for system change. The FUSE-Housing First project targets chronically homeless individuals who are frequent users of high cost services at the public’s expense. Cross Park Place is a demonstration project for the state of Iowa formed by the Collaboration Committee of the Johnson County Local Homeless Coordinating Board which incorporates the FUSE and Housing First models, two nationally recognized programs. Housing opportunities will be made available through a Housing First approach—a permanent housing intervention proven to save both money and lives—and will be targeted for the chronically homeless of our community demonstrating high cross-system service utilization.
Cross Park Place construction began in spring 2018 and is expected to be completed and accepting occupancy in January 2019. The building will be comprised of 24 one-bedroom apartments with on-site offices and an exam room for case managers and partnering health and behavioral health clinicians.