Housing Stability and Financial Empowerment

According to the 2012 Status of Women and Girls in Iowa Report, the fastest growing population of homeless persons is composed of single women with 2 or 3 children. Last year our agency provided 4,432 nights of safety to victims of domestic violence in our 24-hour safe shelter in Bremer County to 108 women and 106 children from Northeast Iowa and beyond. Last year, the average length of stay in our shelter was 21 days. Our grant will support an ongoing program which provides one-on-one case management and housing assistance and budgeting as well as offering regular financial literacy classes to groups of women affected by domestic violence.