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Shelter House opens ‘housing first’ project to combat chronic homelessness in Iowa City

THE GAZETTE | The new facility is a “housing first” model, operated with the mentality that stable housing should come before prerequisites such as addressing behavioral health issues or completing programs. Cross Park Place, which was debuted during an open house Wednesday, will begin filling its 24 single-occupancy apartments this month with residents who fall under the FUSE category. FUSE st...
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Shelter House opens Cross Park Place

KWWL | VIDEO | The first-of-its-kind apartment building in Iowa is ready. It’s an apartment building where all of the tenants will have been homeless. Years worth of work by the Iowa City Shelter House built up to Wednesday afternoon with the grand opening of Cross Park Place. The apartment complex is a demonstrative project for the state to get people off the streets and hopefully save the ...
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Cross Park Place to Celebrate Open House January 16

PRESS-CITIZEN | The completion of Iowa's first barrier-free, permanent housing complex for the chronically homeless will be celebrated January 16 at an open house hosted by the Shelter House, according to a release. Construction for Cross Park Place, located at 820 Cross Park Ave., began in spring 2018. It will offer up to 24 single-occupancy units to people who've been referred to the program a...
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‘Unconditional’ Shelter House housing project near completion

THE DAILY IOWAN | An ambitious new housing project from Shelter House, an Iowa City organization that aids people who are homeless, in collaboration with a number of other Iowa City and Johnson County groups, is nearing completion and set to open in January. The project, called Cross Park Place, located on the avenue of the same name, is unconditional, permanent housing intended for Iowa City’s c...
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Shelter House celebrates 35th anniversary, hosts homelessness awareness week

PRESS-CITIZEN | More than $5,000 was raised and 2,470 pairs of socks collected during this year's Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week hosted Iowa City's Shelter House. The awareness campaign started Sunday, Nov. 11 with a pop-up shop at RayGun for a weeks-long fundraising event, and ended Friday, Nov. 18 with volunteers cooking meals at the Shelter House. "The week is both a focus on fund...
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Apartments for chronic homeless nears completion

KWWL | VIDEO | The state’s first apartment complex for the chronically homeless is nearing the finishing line in its construction. The Cross Park Place in Iowa City is being built by the Shelter House. Soon, it will be the home for 24 of the chronically homeless. Inside, there are 24 modestly sized apartments at just over 300 square feet. The individual bathrooms jet out in the middle of...
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Iowa City Shelter House to increase capacity in extreme, cold weather

PRESS-CITIZEN | The Shelter House — currently Johnson County's only homeless shelter — received a permit from the City of Iowa City Wednesday to allow people to stay in its lobby overnight in the case of extremely cold weather, according to Mark Sertterh, Shelter House associate executive director. The permit allows the facility to increase its capacity from 70 to 100, and will stretch its fina...
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Warming heart and sole: groups collecting socks to ease winter’s chill

THE GAZETTE | A chance meeting will soon take some bite — perhaps even some frostbite — out of the cold weather that’s just around the calendar corner. Things are heating up already in two groups’ efforts to pair warm, dry socks with feet in need. “My mom makes blankets for the Shelter House. She was in here one day donating, and a man was standing at the counter, and he asked for a pair of sock...
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Summer heat brings in more families to eastern Iowa shelter

KCRG | VIDEO| Shelter House is an overnight emergency shelter that holds 70 clients. Monday night, it was nearly at capacity. Development Director Angelica Vannatta said the summer months bring in more families in need of a place to stay. “Some of that has to do with school not being in session any longer,” Vannatta said. However, she said heat is a factor. Some may believe winter could be t...
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Shelter House’s new permanent housing to help lessen Iowa City’s financial burden

KGAN | VIDEO | With efforts four years in the making, Iowa City will be the home of a new kind of housing model aimed at ending homelessness. It's called “Housing First” and it's a project Iowa City leaders, health professionals, and shelter directors have been working together to bring to the community for years. What makes this project so different from many others in Iowa City: it's a soluti...
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