Davenport citizens: Survey input can help the homeless (by September 24)

Davenport Iowa map
Moderate to low income areas of Davenport are indicated in orange on the map.

A short online survey by the City of Davenport gives citizens the chance to help send federal funds to housing rehabilitation and economic development. The eight question survey will accept input until September 24.

The City of Davenport may focus Community Development Block Grant funds for housing rehabilitation and economic development in specific areas of the City based on the income of residents. This would provide important assistance to our HMHI program and participants. Your support of the proposal will help make it happen.

Community Development Block Grant funds are federal dollars that must be used for low to moderate income people. A portion of these funds can be used to support non-profits. This portion has decreased significantly (approximately $100,000) over the past two years. So the city must determine its priorities.

Fifteen different non-profits programs could benefit from $260,000 in CDBG money. Each of these programs addresses a different community need and therefore supports a different population.

The survey questions will help city officials determine a high, medium, and low priority to support these population groups in the future:

  • Homeless/Shelter
  • People with AIDS
  • People in need of transportation
  • People in need of affordable housing,
  • Physically and mentally handicapped,
  • Seniors,
  • Survivors of domestic violence/sexual abuse, and
  • Youth.

We hope you will consider the needs of families without homes as you offer your input.

Click through here or copy and paste this link in to your browser to access the survey: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e689xb7ah5jlef9y/start

New Davenport store pledges assistance to HMHI

A new store in town provides upscale resale shopping…and promotes HMHI, too! Junk in My Trunk, which opened this month, sells vintage items, new items, arts and crafts, and much more at 3127 Brady Street in Davenport. The new owner, Jenni Corson, is just setting up shop, but–even in the midst of all the opening week details–she’s remembering those less fortunate, too. She’s designated each Monday as “Mary’s Mondays” and pledged to donate 20% of her profits to HMHI each Monday.

Junk In My Trunk logo
A new Davenport store is promoting Humility of Mary Housing.

According to their new Facebook page, you can expect to find “the best bargains on Brady Street in Davenport, IA!” at Junk in My Trunk.  Furniture, home decor, sports memorabilia, children’s items, and dishes all co-mingle attractively–along with other great merchandise. Everything is clean and very attractively arranged, making shopping enjoyable…and priced right to be affordable.

Help Junk in My Trunk get a rousing welcome to the Quad Cities by visiting their store, by liking them on Facebook, and by participating in “Mary’s Mondays.” In so doing, your retail experience will benefit not only you, but also the single-parent families of HMHI who are working hard everyday to regain housing independence for themselves.

We’re grateful for the boost we’re going to receive from Junk in My Trunk and from its Monday patrons. We hope you’ll be one of them. They’re open Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. [But especially remember to shop on Mondays!]

Convenient parking is available in their lot and on the street. For more information, call 563-676-7058 and/or 563-639-8885.

HMHI families see a Davenport, IA River Bandits game

River Bandits' scordboard
A perfect evening for River Bandits’ ballgame!

Our participating families are relieved to receive a secure place to live. With your help, HMHI can provide them with that and a few other foundational needs. Nevertheless, their lives continue to entail difficulties. They are working hard to accomplish the goals that will allow them to reach housing independence and financial wellbeing. It is not easy, and there is very little for the “extras” that can make summertime special.

Thanks to a generous supporter, who gifted HMHI with tickets to a River Bandits baseball game, our families had the opportunity to attend a home game on Monday. What a wonderful opportunity for fun for our participants who were able to take advantage of this offer!

River Bandits ball game
Fans enjoy the River Bandits’ game!

Can you spot our participating families? Of course not! They look like many other families in the Quad Cities. And, like many families, our participants really enjoyed that special summertime event: a baseball game!