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Every summer, lease gaps leave Iowa City renters scrambling for housing and storage

Paul Holdefer faced a worrying prospect. The University of Iowa graduate research assistant’s lease was set to expire July 25, a week before his new one began. He tried to negotiate a longer stay in his original apartment, “just to […]

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ACLU of Iowa warns Coralville its panhandling ordinance is unconstitutional, calls for its repeal

The ACLU of Iowa sent a letter to Coralville and three other cities on Tuesday, warning that their ordinances against panhandling are unconstitutional. As part of an ongoing review of such ordinances in Iowa, the state chapter of the ACLU […]

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Homelessness was increasing in Iowa. Then COVID-19 and the derecho hit.

A total of 2,647 Iowans were homeless on a single night in January 2020, a 14.3 percent increase from January 2019. The number of people experiencing homelessness in Iowa was increasing even before the COVID-19 pandemic. Then came the August […]

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Iowa City teen Kasey Dawson overcame homelessness and loss to graduate high school. A year later, she’s still fighting for a place to call her own.

In January 2019, Little Village received an email submission from a City High senior named Kasey Dawson titled “My Life Story.” “I never understood what it meant to be depressed,” it began. Over a nearly 2,000-word essay, the 17-year-old reflected […]

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Fillmore Center in Cedar Rapids will be used as a cooling center for people experiencing homelessness

With temperatures rising and many buildings closed to the public due to COVID-19, people experiencing homelessness or individuals who don’t have access to air conditioning have limited options for where they can go to cool off. On Wednesday, the Linn […]

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Shelter House continues serving the community while COVID-19 forces changes and funds run short

Everyone is being told to stay home to help limit the spread of COVID-19. But what does that mean for people experiencing homelessness? And how does social distancing work in emergency shelter? Those are questions Shelter House had to quickly […]

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