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New supportive housing at Steeple Square in Dubuque

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Pretty soon, there will be a new option for women in Dubuque transitioning out of homeless shelters.

On Aug. 1, the organization, Opening Doors is opening a permanent supportive housing unit at Steeple Square.

Eight of the apartments, either two or three bedrooms, will be reserved for the graduates of the  Maria House and Teresa Shelter.  

“The challenge is, when a family is ready to move out, there is a severe shortage of affordable housing for them to move into. As a result, Opening Doors is seeing more and more women and families cycle back to the shelters because they don’t have the adequate job skills and the corresponding income to be able to afford market-rate rent," said Michelle Brown, Opening Doors Executive Director.

Case managers will provide supportive services to the families that are selected to live in the Steeple Square Apartments. 

Also, because they are permanent housing, men will be allowed in the homes. 

A ribbon cutting is scheduled on Thursday, July 27 at 1501 Jackson Street at 4:30 p.m., followed by an open house and campus tours from 5 to 6:30 p.m. 

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