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Women living in shelter move into new Dubuque apartments

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

It's a day 39-year-old Amy McFarland of Dubuque has looked forward to for quite some time.

"I didn't actually think it would ever happen, this day would come, but it has," she said.

After countless life struggles including drug abuse, she is moving out of Maria House, a shelter for women, and into an apartment. "I got into drugs when I was 21," McFarland said.  

She has now been drug-free for 491 days. 

The Francis Apartments are located on the Steeple Square campus in the downtown area. The former St. Mary's school was renovated into 12 apartment units. Eight of them are for homeless women who are graduates of the Opening Doors program, a nonprofit organization helping women rebuild their  lives.

Once moved in, the women will continue to get supportive services from case managers.

As McFarland looks around her new place, she's reminded how far she's come. "From a recovery stance, I've accomplished so many things -- getting a bank account, from continuing on in phase four in drug court, and doing a 16 week program," she said.

The women will pay rent on a monthly basis. It will be at a lower, affordable rate. 

The other four apartments are available to anyone at market value. 

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