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Partners United for Supportive Housing in Cedar Rapids (PUSH-CR)

Partners United for Supportive Housing in Cedar Rapids (PUSH-CR) is a special program designed for families in the child welfare system who are facing  homelessness or a housing crisis. PUSH-CR families will be connected with safe and affordable homes. Program staff work to assist parents with their DHS case, assess their needs and help families meet their goals to stay together.

Four Oaks is the managing partner for the PUSH-CR collaborative that includes Four Oaks, Department of Human Services, Affordable Housing Network, Inc., University of Iowa, Waypoint, Foundation 2, Abbe Center for Community Mental Health, Area Substance Abuse Council, Partnership for Safe Families, Horizons, Hawkeye Area Community Action Agency, Linn County & Continuum of Care, City of Cedar Rapids – Housing, Linn County Public Health, Cedar Rapids Community Schools, Juvenile Courts, Kirkwood Community College, United Way of East Central Iowa, Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, Diversity Focus, Iowa Children’s Justice, Casey Family Programs, and the National Center on Family Homelessness.

Randy and Alisha and their infant daughter were the first family to be a part of PUSH-CR. Watch their story:

Video courtesy of KGAN CBS2

  • 81 Families
  • 86 Parents/Caregivers
  • 147 Children
Families must be…
  • homeless,
  • living in an emergency shelter or transitional housing,
  • losing housing in immediate future, or
  • fleeing domestic violence
Families must have...
  • an open Child Welfare Service (DHS) case and
  • all children must be 12 years old or younger
At least one family member must be facing one or more of the following…
  • a physical disability,
  • a developmental disability,
  • a chronic health condition,
  • a mental health condition,
  • an alcohol or other drug problem, or
  • domestic violence or other trauma. 
Family income eligibility... 
  • area median income – 30% or less
Families will have a clear choice where to live including properties owned and/or maintained by The Affordable Housing Network, Inc. (AHNI). AHNI owns and maintains several safe homes and apartments in Cedar Rapids.

We want to ensure that AHNI properties remain safe for all children and families.  Families will not be allowed to live in an AHNI home if a background check shows a family member is found to be on the state sex offender registry or on a list of known terrorists and violent criminals of the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC), FBI or other state and local law enforcement.

PUSH-CR is currently working to furnish for program participants. Household items are being collected to help more than 125 families. Contact Debbie Craig if you or your company would like to contribute items to PUSH-CR.
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