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Shelter House’s winter programs, Housing First project fight homelessness in Johnson County

LITTLE VILLAGE | Shelter House, an Iowa City nonprofit that serves the needs of the homeless, has kicked off its Out of the Cold fundraising campaign.

“It’s to support all of our winter programs, and that includes the winter emergency shelter,” said Angelica Vannatta, development director for Shelter House. “Our fundraising goal this year is $100,000.”

Shelter House, which was founded in 1983, is the only shelter in Johnson County for people experiencing homelessness. It has 70 beds available on a nightly basis. It also offers drop-in services, including shower and laundry facilities, on a daily basis. During the winter, it opens a second, emergency shelter. In November, it was announced that Johnson County had agreed to let Shelter House use a county-owned building on S Clinton Street as this winter’s emergency shelter.

“We hope to hold an open-house at the winter emergency shelter in December to let the public see some of the work we are doing, and to answer any questions people might have,” Vannatta said.

FULL ARTICLE: https://littlevillagemag.com/shelter-house-winter-programs-housing-first-fight-homelessness/

POSTED ON NOV 28, 2017 BY PAUL BRENNAN

 

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