Community volunteers are needed to help roughly 20 families move out of a low-income apartment complex in Iowa City that is closing for renovations. 

The City of Iowa City provided funding to help Shelter House open an onsite resource center at Rose Oaks inside unit 1801, formerly a one-bedroom apartment.  At the center, people have been able to fill out applications seeking aid for moving costs, utility and security deposits, rent and other assistance needed to secure permanent housing. 

Staff members, in partnership with staff from The Crisis Center of Johnson County, Salvation Army and Johnson County General Assistance, have also provided lists of affordable housing while talking through concerns and determining next steps for tenants.

"These efforts by our staff, community partners and the City have helped prevent homelessness for low income families experiencing an expensive, unexpected move," Shelter House Associate Executive Director Mark Sertterh said.

But help is still needed.

On Monday, August 1, 2016-one of the busiest moving times in Iowa City-Shelter House will help individuals and families move to their new residences. Moving trucks will be provided, but volunteers are needed to load and unload belongings.

The move will happen between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Volunteers can set-up a time in advance or stop by Rose Oaks, 2401 Highway 6 unit #1801, and ask for Abby. Setting up a time in advance is preferred.

Moving supplies donations, including boxes and moving carts are also needed. People can bring those items to Shelter House, 429 Southgate Ave., any day between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Those interested in setting up a time to volunteer should e-mail Debbie Peck at<>.

To learn more about the program visit<> or contact Alex, Communications Coordinator, at

Funding for the resource center at Rose Oaks was provided by College Fund Properties II and the City of Iowa City.

Photo credit: MacKenzie Bihl and Shelter House 

Date of publication

Wednesday, July 13, 2016