Iowa Council of Foundations Rural Equity & Housing Justice Cohort
We had the pleasure of hosting members of Iowa Council of Foundation’s Rural Equity and Housing Justice Cohort for a learning-from-place site visit on October 12. The cohort, facilitated by Funders Together to End Homelessness, is an engagement spanning from both in-person and virtual events for a deep dive into intersectional housing opportunities and impact.
While in Muscatine, attendees got the opportunity to learn more about collaborative and intersectional housing work happening in the community, with a focus on the Neighborhood Revitalization Pilot Project, 3D Home Printing, Fueling the Future Program, and the Mulberry Health Clinic Project. After a learning session at the Community Foundation offices, attendees went on a community tour to see local housing and community development projects firsthand, including a stop at Stanley Center for Peace and Security’s new living building. “We are grateful for the meaningful learning opportunities that Iowa Council of Foundations provides as we collaboratively work to address housing through a multi-faceted approach,” said Charla Schafer, President, Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine. “It is inspiring to see individuals from across the state come together to share approaches and solutions to better the lives of our neighbors and children.” The theme for Muscatine’s cohort visit was focused on Building, Leveraging and Weaving – building a strategy for the community, leveraging expertise and partnerships, and weaving resources. The visit was part of a River-to-River Learning Tour, and cohort members had the opportunity to visit the Omaha/Council Bluffs area earlier in the week.
Pictured: Cohort members at the 3D printed home in the Arbor Commons neighborhood