Homeless No More

Des Moines • September 2020

Central Iowa Shelter & Services (CISS), the largest homeless shelter in the state of Iowa, plans to expand its current campus to include 24 studio apartments. The new building will be adjacent to its current site at 1420 Mulberry Street and will provide supportive housing for homeless clients ready to transition into independent living.

CISS’s goal is to end chronic homelessness by 2022 and HDG was hired to develop a structure and secure the financing for the project.  It will consist of multiple boxcar containers arranged into 24 studio apartments.

These 24 studio apartments will allow CISS to offer a stair-step approach toward self-sufficiency. Currently, the Shelter offers 150 emergency beds, 38 project-based, Section 8 voucher apartments, 14 Safe Haven apartments and 5 contract residential apartments for Veterans. Unlike most shelters, CISS provides comprehensive services to assist adults experiencing long-term or chronic homelessness. Created to be a one stop shop for the homeless in Central Iowa, the services CISS offers in addition to housing include emergency food pantry, clothing closet, job training, medical and dental care, and three meals per day through its commercial-grade Community Kitchen. The new building, with its 24 studio apartments, will keep clients on campus for case management work.