Northwest Iowa County Hiring Emergency Housing Coordinators

Spencer, Iowa — A recent statewide report found the number of people in the Spencer area who were homeless more than doubled between 2019 and 2021, and Clay County and the City of Spencer are launching an emergency housing program.

Rebecca Goeken is the General Relief director for Clay County.

Data released recently by the Institute for Community Alliances found fewer than 50 people in Clay County were homeless in 2019, but two years later, more than 100 people in the area were homeless. Goeken says the plan is to hire two part-time people who would be emergency housing coordinators.

Goeken says the county’s emergency coordinators will help set up a plan to find housing for homeless individuals or a job if needed.

According to federal data, about 24 hundred people in Iowa experienced homelessness at some point last year, and only 16 percent of them were chronically homeless.



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