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Willis Dady now able to offer housing assistance

Homeless individuals may quality for help with rent, deposits

Phoebe Trepp stands by a bunk bed in one of the overnight rooms at Willis Dady Homeless Services in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. Trepp is the executive director at Willis Dady, which will break ground on a new addition and renovations to the old shelter starting this fall. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Phoebe Trepp stands by a bunk bed in one of the overnight rooms at Willis Dady Homeless Services in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. Trepp is the executive director at Willis Dady, which will break ground on a new addition and renovations to the old shelter starting this fall. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Willis Dady Homeless Services is now able to offer limited financial housing assistance for qualifying individuals.

The organization received about $80,000 in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Rapid Re-Housing funds.

Rapid Re-Housing is a program intended to quickly connects homeless individuals with permanent housing with the use of limited financial assistance.

Funds will help individuals with rental fees and security deposits.

Those who qualify would be living in a homeless shelter, on the street or are in a space that is not meant as permanent housing. They also must make under 30 percent of less of the area median income and show that they would be unable to establish housing on their own for some time, said Phoebe Trepp, Willis Dady executive director.

No individuals will be excluded from funding based on type or size of family or criminal record, Trepp said.

“Not every client needs this assistance, but for those who do, it makes a difference,” Trepp said in a news release. “Moving out of shelter and into housing quickly is essential for them to begin rebuilding their lives and contributing to our community.”

Previously, Willis Dady referred individuals who needed assistance to Waypoint Services or Hawkeye Area Community Action Program, which had Rapid Re-Housing funds.

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