Author Archives: Director of Communications & Marketing, Community Housing Initiatives

National Preservation Month restores memories

Throughout the month of May, we are taking the opportunity to invite team members to share anecdotes about our historic properties. We are uncovering fascinating recollections around lovingly restored apartment units that once occupied classrooms full of students and the summer romances that bloomed within the hushed walls of the local library. You can follow…

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A word on looting, generators, and food assistance

Hello Cedar Rapids Residents,  It’s important to us to stay in close contact with you as we uncover details that might be helpful while navigating this difficult time. Please lean on friends and neighbors to stay informed about current and forecasted weather conditions The utility company cannot give us an estimated time of when power…

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Free, Confidential Financial Conversations from ISU Extension and Outreach

Many Iowans have experienced a sudden income drop, yet the bills keep coming. In these uncertain times, it is important to make decisions based on trustworthy information and to take action sooner rather than later. Because ISU Extension and Outreach staff are currently working from home, Iowans are invited to reach out to our Human…

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Senior residents receive 1st food delivery

The Daily Reporter shined a light on a very special program launch for our senior residents in Spencer, Iowa. Here's a clip from their article, you can read it in its entirety here. Brittany Spieker, with CHI, worked with volunteers to coordinate delivery at Sunset Apartments later in the afternoon. Grand Avenue Community Kitchen also…

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Stay on top of financial obligations as best you can

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact more people, force new levels of normalcy, and trigger heightened emotions, we ask our residents to stay calm, vigilant, and focused on what truly matters. Paying rent is one of those things that truly matters, and we're here to help with payment options for staying current (or even…

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Tanager Place in Cedar Rapids Offers Teletherapy

Tanager Place, a children’s mental health care not-for-profit based in Cedar Rapids, is offering teletherapy for Iowans of all ages. "We know people of all ages are feeling the pressure of this new environment, and that our organization has the ability to step up and help," said Tonya Hotchkin, vice president of clinical services in…

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Which retailers will be accepting SNAP payments online?

As of March 11, 2020, SNAP Online Purchasing has expanded to Iowa. Only eligible food may be purchased with SNAP benefits; delivery fees and other associated charges may not be paid for with SNAP benefits. On Jan. 5, 2017, FNS announced the selection of seven retailers for the initial launch of the SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot.…

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Creating space for safety

Out of an abundance of caution, we have closed all of our offices to walk-in traffic to protect the health of our residents and staff. If you have questions, need assistance, or would like to apply for housing, please contact us. During this unprecendented time, we have also shut down all community rooms, computer learning…

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What every community can do now to decrease the spread of the coronavirus

With confirmed coronavirus cases growing in Iowa, we want to reach out to you and share some helpful information. Our entire team at Community Housing Initiatives is dedicated to the safety and well-being of our residents and our communities. We want to work together, as a team, as more information becomes available to us. Please…

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