In 2017, Iowa City’s Shelter House received $2.7 million from the Iowa Finance Authority and $463,000 in additional funds from The Housing Trust Fund of Johnson County to construct a 24-unit apartment building, Cross Park Place. Cross Park Place is a Housing First concept, created to provide housing and supportive services for homeless individuals with a disabling condition.

The Iowa City Housing Authority (ICHA) is partnering with Shelter House by providing ongoing financial assistance to Cross Park Place, converting 24 of the ICHA’s 1,215 tenant-based vouchers to project-based vouchers. This housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the ICHA on behalf of the tenants. The tenants then pay the difference between the actual rent charged by Cross Park Place and the amount subsidized by the project-based voucher. All funding is provided by the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The primary goals of this partnership are to provide safe, decent, affordable housing and supportive services to individuals for whom homelessness has become a chronic condition. These individuals, the elderly, and people with disabilities, often need additional services to maintain stable housing and their health.

“Attaching Project Based Vouchers (PBVs) to Cross Park Place residents enables service providers to work more efficiently with residents and improve access to services. The PBV system is particularly well suited to permanent supportive housing models,” said Housing Administrator Steven Rackis.

For questions about program, contact Shelter House Executive Director Crissy Canganelli at 319-338-5416. 

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Cross Park Place, 820 Cross Park Ave., includes 24 one-bedroom apartments with on-site offices and an exam room for case managers and partnering health and behavioral health clinicians.

Date of publication

Monday, January 07, 2019