Homelessness Help & Prevention
Supervised Apartment Living
More than a roof over their heads… a ray of hope.
Supervised Apartment Living (SAL) is a foster care program for teens ages 16 ½ until completion of their high school diploma/High School Equivalency Test (HiSet) and is funded by the Iowa Department of Human Services.
Participants learn to live independently and receive life skills education, monitoring and support. Service plans are developed to empower them to achieve their educational and personal goals with the collaboration of the participant, their family, and DHS/JCS worker. Referrals to this program are only through the Department of Human Services or Juvenile Court Services.
Project Help is a HUD-Funded Permanent Supportive Housing Program for chronically homeless individuals and families with a disability. The program pays the monthly rent for the participant and a Caseworker provides support and teaches life-skills, so that the participant may remain stably housed in the community.
Referrals to the program go through a coordinated entry process at: (712) 301-7427
Supervised Apartment Living
Amy had a difficult childhood. Her parents abused drugs and lost custody of Amy when she was 11 years old. She lived in shelters, group homes and foster care, but had a difficult time with trust and following rules and bounced from placement to placement. At age 17, her DHS worker placed her in SAL.
Amy learned skills such as cooking, budgeting, interviewing, and how to live independently. She quickly got a job at a grocery store and moved into her own apartment. She then completed her high school credits and was accepted into WITCC’s nursing program. After exiting SAL, she stayed in touch with her SAL Caseworker and is now a nurse in the community.
Ron had been homeless for over six years. He lived on the streets, often sleeping under the bridge or on park benches in the summer and at the Warming Shelter in the winter. He had part – time jobs, but had a hard time keeping them because he did not have a consistent place to shower, so his hygiene was not good. He wanted to get off the street, but his mental health issues added to the difficulty and he was not able to save the little money he did earn, because others took advantage of him.
Once he entered Project Help, the Caseworker found him an apartment right away, as well as furniture and other apartment needs donated by generous people in the community. Project Help taught him skills he needed to maintain living independently. Project Help also assisted him with getting appropriate mental and physical healthcare, insurance, and food assistance. He was able to start working full-time and pays a portion of his income toward his rent every month.