Willis Dady acknowledges that homelessness is a systemic issue that has always existed in Cedar Rapids and has been exacerbated due to the pandemic and derecho, and is therefore visible to the public eye for the first time. Since the closure of the community overflow shelter in June 2021, our team has remained committed to engaging with individuals sleeping outside. As the primary street outreach program in our community, we remain dedicated to providing emergency response case management, housing services, and access to basic needs to over 100 individuals sleeping outside while all shelters remain at capacity. We recognize this will continue to be an increasing issue unless the lack of affordable housing is addressed in this community. Willis Dady is actively working with our City and County officials alongside other homeless service providers to advocate for supportive and affordable housing in our community. Willis Dady believes that all individuals have the right to safe, stable housing.
To learn more about the Linn County Overflow Shelter, read this gazette article here: https://www.thegazette.com/news/linn-county-buys-building-for-overflow-homeless-shelter/
To learn more about Willis Dady Homeless Service's programs, visit the following program pages below:
Street Outreach https://www.willisdady.org/outreach
Shetler Services https://www.willisdady.org/emergency-shelter
Homeless Prevention https://www.willisdady.org/homeless-prevention
Permanent Supportive Housing https://www.willisdady.org/supportive-housing
Rapid Rehousing https://www.willisdady.org/rapid-rehousing
Veteran's Services https://www.willisdady.org/grant-per-diem
If you are seeking shelter, please call Shetler Services at 319-366-7999 or fill out their intake portal here: https://ica.formstack.com/forms/call_center_portal for a call back within 48 hours.