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Iowa City Shelter House receives grant to help homeless veterans


A federal grant will allow an Iowa City shelter to continue its work in helping homeless veterans become self sufficient.  The Shelter House was awarded a $105,000 grant to help these service men and women find jobs. Inflated temperature readings like the ones seen on Tuesday can take their toll on those without a permanent place to stay. 

"It's tough. It's not something a lot of people can handle," said Bruce Clark a Vietnam vet who lost his job of 22 years in 2002. 

"It's amazing how many people live paycheck to paycheck and when that paycheck stops, a lot of things can go in the wrong direction," Clark said.

Clark finally has the security of knowing he has a roof over his head, staying at Iowa City's Shelter House thanks to a partnership with the department of Veterans Affairs.

Now the Shelter House is working to provide homeless veterans like Clark more than just the bare necessities. 

 "I think that many people throughout our community and across the country believe that homeless, all homeless, they're not working, not interested in work, they have all these preconceived notions and indeed those notions are not true," said Crissy Canganelli, executive director of the Shelter House. 

Congressman Dave Loebsack was in Iowa City to announce the renewal of a federal
Department of Labor grant.  The program connects service men and women staying at the shelter with resources to receive the necessary job training and ultimately find work.

"It's one thing to be able to say they can get you in the job in the service sector, but if you can get people into a more skilled labor opportunities you're increasing your overall income," Canganelli said.  

The hope is to put people like Clark in position to transition back into an independent lifestyle.

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