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Housing task force begins work in wake of Marshalltown tornado

Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette

Mayor Joel Greer becomes emotional as he talks with Gov. Kim Reynolds on July 20 as they walk around downtown Marshalltown viewing damage from a tornado that struck the city the day before. Reynolds has formed a task force to address housing concerns that arose in the wake of the tornado.
Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette Mayor Joel Greer becomes emotional as he talks with Gov. Kim Reynolds on July 20 as they walk around downtown Marshalltown viewing damage from a tornado that struck the city the day before. Reynolds has formed a task force to address housing concerns that arose in the wake of the tornado.

DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds has established a task force to address housing concerns following the July 19 tornado in Marshalltown.

“As we’ve assisted Marshalltown citizens impacted by the tornado, it’s become apparent that lack of available housing is an issue,” Reynolds said in a statement Wednesday.

“I brought this task force together to coordinate and leverage the resources and expertise each member organization can bring to the table” as the community rebuilds.

The 2018 Long Term Housing Recovery Task Force, which had its first meeting Tuesday in Marshalltown, consists of representatives from local, state and federal agencies, along with voluntary agency partners.

Task force members will collaborate to identify available resources and provide an overall network of assistance to support immediate and long-term housing recovery goals.

Also, the task force will share information and data to assist in housing recovery, ensure coordination among government and nonprofit agency partners, identify unmet needs and potential resources to meet those needs, and deploy resources to support Marshalltown’s long-term housing recovery goals, she said.

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