To mark National Community Development Week, the City of Iowa City’s Neighborhood Services Division will sponsor a donation drive for Shelter House to collect cleaning supplies and personal care products, such as deodorant, shampoo, bar soap, lotion, and toilet paper. Collection boxes will be available at the following locations from Monday, March 28 - Saturday, April 2:

  • City Hall, 410 E. Washington Street
  • Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn Street
  • Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert Street
  • Mercer / Scanlon Recreational Facility, 2701 Bradford Drive

In addition to City staff, members of the public are encouraged to drop off donations for the Shelter House drive at any of these locations during regular office hours.

Tracy Hightshoe, Neighborhood Services Coordinator, said the City wanted to organize a special community project this year to acknowledge the important role federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME funds play in helping local communities meet their needs.

“The construction of the new Shelter House a few years ago is just one of many projects that came to fruition due to CDBG and HOME funding. The investment of these federal dollars in local projects has helped us meet many community needs throughout the years, including affordable housing, medical care, job creation, transportation, child care and after-school programs. CDBG and HOME programs provide the financial resources to make community improvements that Iowa City couldn’t do on its own,” Hightshoe said.

In addition to Shelter House, some of the local organizations that have received CDBG and HOME funding in recent years include Crisis Center, Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP), Free Lunch Program, Free Medical Clinic, The Housing Fellowship, and Neighborhood Centers, among others. This funding pool also helps provide resources for the City’s housing rehab program for residents who want to make repairs or upgrades to their homes.

This year marks the 42nd anniversary of the CDBG program, and the 25th anniversary of the HOME program, both of which are administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

For more information, contact the City’s Neighborhood Services Office at 319-356-5230.

Date of publication

Thursday, March 24, 2016