Anawim Housing
Monthly E-Newsletter | April 2020
What do you do if you're told to stay at home, but you don't have a home? You call Anawim Housing.

COVID-19 does not discriminate. But increasing evidence of disparate impact on the vulnerable populations served at Anawim Housing from pandemic is coming to light. Many of our permanent supportive housing residents have significant underlying health conditions. For those with a mental health diagnosis, the isolation and loneliness due to restricted contact and in-person programs not being available is taking a toll. Many of our tenants have lost their jobs or have had hours cut, and all are sacrificing in order to keep their families fed and housed. Many are unsure if they can pay next month's rent. We will not sit idly by - Anawim Housing has made a commitment to be there for our families.

This is why we need your help.
Will you join us in helping support our community with a financial donation?

Anawim Housing is poised to strategically distribute your gift in a manner that will directly impact the health and wellbeing of those served by Anawim Housing.

Your monetary gift will support the programs and supportive services we provide our 230 individual and family Permanent Supportive Housing residents. It will provide critical rental relief funds for those in a time of crisis, as well as family wellness funds for the 2,000+ families and individuals we provide affordable housing to across our community.

We're all in this together. We thank you for your continued support during this time of need.
Anawim's Director of Programs and Services, Cynthia Latcham, appeared on the Iowa Live morning show earlier this month - via Skype! She spoke with Lou Sipolt and shared about the vulnerable population Anawim serves and how we're adjusting our response during COVID-19 to ensure our residents remain taken care of. Earlier this month we were able to deliver over 600 rolls of toilet paper to Anawim program tenants in need, thanks to generous donations from the community and partners. We've since put out a call to action for financial donations to help assist our most vulnerable populations through supportive services, and rental relief funds.

View the segment by clicking READ MORE
In our latest "Stories from the Field" blog, meet Hunter! As a college student participating in Drake University's Engaged Citizen's Corps, Hunter interned with Anawim Housing's program team for the past school year.

After dedicating his time to working with Anawim's Full Circle peer support group and learning from program staff,
he reflects on his experiences: "I have learned that poverty is more precarious than what most people believe. I have learned that the institutional mechanisms that are supposed to bring people out of homelessness, may be keeping them there."

Read Hunter's story by clicking READ MORE
All Anawim Housing spring events have been postponed. We will keep you informed of new dates should these events be rescheduled for later this year.

The Women Empowering Families Spring Event:
  • Postponed until further notice.

Anawim Housing Spring Home Tour:
  • Postponed until further notice.
Anawim Housing continues to provide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The services we provide to our community are essential and we continue to take necessary steps to protect the health and safety of our staff and residents–as well as provide care, support and critical housing needs to over 2,000 individuals in our community.

Read our COVID-19 procedures and policies by clicking READ MORE
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