Anawim Housing
Monthly E-Newsletter | January 2021


We want to take the opportunity to say thank you.

Through the generosity of our supporters, and community, Anawim Housing is so grateful to announce that we have surpassed our end-of-year $100,000 match campaign goal and have raised over $242,000 to fund our permanent supportive housing programs!
The generous support we received gives our team the flexibility to ensure those with the greatest needs receive the best opportunity to access housing and remain housed. Anawim Housing works towards ending homelessness in central Iowa and with your support, we will continue to house those in need of safe, permanent supportive housing.

This past year has been challenging for everyone - especially for those who are housing insecure. Thank you for helping Anawim Housing provide life-changing permanent supportive housing and services to over 380 individuals, youth and families in central Iowa.

ReNew Crew Update
Anawim Housing’s supportive employment social enterprise, ReNew Crew, is off and running. With a committed team of 13 Crew members (and counting!) the team has been successfully handling a wide variety of work for Anawim Housing and Allterra Property Solution's properties including moving services, painting, and cleaning. The ReNew Crew was recently fitted with official work shirts and badges! 

Scott Sithonnorath, Anawim Program Manager and lead ReNew Crew developer, shared:
“I feel like the ReNew Crew is many things. For some, it’s income, learning new skills, or having a sense of community. To me, ReNew Crew is about providing stability and an opportunity. I love to see people winning. With ReNew Crew, everyone wins. We are providing a service to our community, developing a program that brings stability to otherwise unstable individuals and families and earning income for our tenants and programming. ReNew Crew is awesome and it is such a privilege to be a part of it. I can talk all day about why this is such a good program.”

At the end of the year, ReNew Crew received a $30,000 Founding Funder gift from the Lohse Family Foundation Fund that will provide critical funding to sustain and grow the program. Anawim Housing is excited to see the future of this transformative program begin to take shape.

Take a closer look into the important work, mission and leadership of Anawim Housing's Executive Director, Cynthia Latcham, in this recent article by The Des Moines Business Record.

"I believe having the mindset of a social worker and a belief system of person-centered case management and self-determination, and the dignity of the individual, is absolutely core to my belief system. That sits very well with the type of work we do at Anawim and serving people who are experiencing homelessness." - Cynthia Latcham, MPA

Latcham was named Executive Director of Anawim Housing in July of 2020.

Anawim Housing has been awarded $364,000 through the Iowa Finance Authority to assist people displaced by the August 10, 2020 Derecho in the 12 most affected counties in Iowa. 
In order to qualify for the rental assistance, rental deposit or utility deposit funds, persons must have had their primary home damaged by the weather event and been displaced. Other income restrictions apply to be eligible for funding. 

“This funding allows for people who have had to move from their apartments or homes due to the Derecho to find and maintain safe and stable housing” according to Andrea Baldwin, who is working to administer the grant funding.

Those who qualify are eligible to receive help in connecting with other critical stabilization services including connection to credit repair and employment services. A comprehensive form covering eligibility requirements and information can be found on our website.

Our friends at Trixies Salon, Invictus Media, Creative Des Moines - Digital and Social Marketing, and The Riverbend Collective have teamed up for an awesome event: The Big Hair Big Hearts // Glamour Shots for Charity Event! 

Event proceeds are being generously donated to Anawim Housing to support our mission and programs. Groups up to six people in size can sign up for a time slot where you will have your hair and makeup done up big, and then receive three professional glamour shots. CDC guidelines will be in place. You don’t want to miss this! 

Event Date: Friday, February 5th
Click to learn more and sign up today!

Anawim Housing and Allterra Property Solutions are listed in the Business Record 2021 Book of Lists. Our rankings:

Nonprofit List: Ranked by 2019 budgets, Anawim Housing is 24th out of 70 with an annual budget of $7,600,000.

Developer List: Ranked by total square feet of property owned in central Iowa, Anawim Housing is 17th out of 25 with 480,000 sq ft of property owned.

Commercial Property Management Firm List: Ranked by square feet of properties managed, Allterra Property Solutions is 11th out of 20 with 1,060,000 sq ft of properties managed.

Anawim Housing develops stable homes and strengthens communities