About Home Forward Iowa

Mission: To provide solutions to homelessness through supportive funding programs, expanding community collaboration, capacity building, education, and advocacy.

Approximately 9% of those served would be chronically homeless families, individuals and veterans; about 28% would be characterized as severely mentally ill and a similar number would be involved with chronic substance abuse. Victims of domestic violence account for the remaining 35% of those served.


There are over 4,800 served on a daily basis through over 200 facilities including 64 emergency shelters, 85 transitional housing facilities, 17 rapid rehousing and 45 permanent supportive housing properties across the state this excludes victims of domestic violence. Occupancy rates, Using 2015 Points in Time Counts, for rapid rehousing and permanent supportive housing exceeds 97% and emergency shelters / transitional housing are over 81%. Known areas of service are presented in the following heat map with demonstrated need in 25 counties in western side of the state. There are special needs for homeless and mental health issues statewide.