YSS Press Release

Two awards granting expanded Housing and Supportive Services for at risk youth 

IHYC has received two awards granting expanded Housing and Supportive Services for at risk youth. 

Housing assistance for youth that have aged out of foster care or that are homelessness is being expanded at Iowa Homeless Youth Centers thanks to two major grants. IHYC was awarded a $380,136 grant from Iowa Finance Authority and a $45,000 grant from Polk County Housing Trust Fund that will be combined to create expanded rapid rehousing services at IHYC. 

“This award provides tremendous momentum as we expand our wrap-around supportive services for transition aged youth in Polk County,” Toby O’Berry, IHYC Director said. “These two grants will immediately address the lack of safe housing for homeless or at-risk youth in our community.”

These grants will serve 18 Aftercare youth and 20 youth experiencing homelessness (either sleeping on the streets or in an emergency shelter). IHYC is the Polk County provider for the Iowa Aftercare Network and these services will be another way to meet the needs of young adults (age 18-21) who have aged out of the foster care system who participate in the program.

“The goal of these services is to help youth who have been dealt a bad hand in life a chance to get back on their feet,” O’Berry said. “By participating in these services, youth will have their basic needs met and connect youth to a positive adult support system. Our trained staff will advocate for each youth in the program and come alongside them on their journey to self-sufficiency.”

This is the first TBRA award to be granted to Iowa Homeless Youth Centers. These awards are a part of the Iowa Finance Authority and Polk County Housing Trust Funds larger initiative to help provide safe, reliable and affordable housing options for low income Iowans.