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Central Iowa Shelter & Services Offers “Sneak Peak” of New Facility

March 12, 2012

Central Iowa Shelter & Services Offers “Sneak Peak” of New Facility

Homeless individuals will soon have expanded opportunities for shelter under one roof thanks to the Central Iowa Shelter & Services (CISS) opportunity center. The homeless shelter celebrated the collaborative support it has received to increase their services as well as recognized funders, Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines and Freedom Financial Bank. A $500,000 Affordable Housing Program grant was awarded to CISS to partially fund the creation of the facility.

A true community effort has made the construction of the opportunity center possible. During the event, CISS Executive Director, Tony Timm, spoke about the impact this project will have on Central Iowa. “This economy has wreaked havoc on some of the most vulnerable in our community. The project is an example of public-private partnerships working together to keep individuals safe and to breathe life back into households struggling to rebound from the housing crisis and job loss.”

Congressman Leonard Boswell was on hand to award the $500,000 grant. “With today’s uncertainties, many families find themselves falling on tough times. CISS provides for people in those situations. A roof over their heads, a warm meal, access to health programs – a jumpstart to getting people back on their feet,” Boswell said. “Today would not be possible without everyone’s generosity and all of us realizing the importance of caring for those in our community who are less fortunate.”

Central Iowa Shelter & Services has offered shelter and supportive services to homeless adults since 1992. Over the last 20 years, the organization has served 20,000 people. The current facility provides a warm bed for 116 people from 4:00 PM – 8:00 AM and is operating at capacity. Upon completion of the new facility, CISS will operate as a 24-hour center and will no longer have to be closed during the day. In addition to expanded capacity, CISS will have a supportive services wing that includes an education area, food pantry, clothing closet and clinic. CISS is the only emergency sheltering program in central Iowa that provides comprehensive services to homeless adults, housing for women without children and shelter without fees.

Each year, FHLB Des Moines returns 10 percent of its net income to communities throughout its district through the Affordable Housing Program. These grants assist in the development of affordable owner-occupied and rental housing for very low-to-moderate income households. During its recent AHP round, the Bank awarded $15 million in grants through its member institutions including, Freedom Financial, to fund 45 housing projects, which will help create or renovate 1,800 housing units across five states. Over $2.0 million was committed to projects in Iowa. For a complete listing of AHP grant recipients, please visit

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Megan Feld     
FHLB Des Moines   

Tom Vance  
Central Iowa Shelter & Services

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