Special Needs Assistance Program

Overview

The Continuum of Care - Special Needs Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Shelter Plus Care or S+C, is a permanent supportive housing program that assists those who are chronically homeless and also have either a substance abuse issue, mental health diagnosis and/or has been diagnosed with having HIV/AIDS.  SNAP provides rental assistance for homeless persons with disabilities in connection with supportive services funded from sources throughout the community through other agencies and programs.

The City of Dubuque has received a grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to operate a Sponsor-based Rental Assistance (SRA) Program through SNAP.

The City enters into a subcontract with a nonprofit local organization to provide rental assistance, screen prospective participants, and perform assessments of client’s needs. This program was previously subcontracted to Project Concern.  With the closing of Project Concern, the program found a new home with East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA) under its nonprofit, Community Solutions of Eastern Iowa (CSEI).  CSEI leases the units to be occupied by the participants.

Services Provided

SNAP uses the housing first model which allows us to help those who qualify, obtain housing first and then address the barriers that have kept someone homeless. With case management, supportive services are put in place and verified on a monthly basis to help ensure stability. 

If you have any questions about this program, please call CSEI Regional Homeless Coordinator, Ashley Noonan at 563.690.5708 or email her anoonan@ecia.org.