Housing & Neighborhoods

Since the Flood of 2008, Matthew 25 has worked to rebuild and redevelop flood-impacted neighborhoods through a variety of programs, such as the Block by Block program, which restored nearly 300 homes. Today, Matthew 25 offers a virtual “toolbox for neighborhood building.”


Front Yard Club

To promote our vision of locally grown healthy food and to help foster a sense of community, Matthew 25 provides raised garden beds and Adirondack Chairs to our neighbors in the Time Check neighborhood. Click here to request more information or to join the Front Yard Club!


Garden Beds

Our garden beds are built from cedar, measure around 3×6 feet, and are varnished with linseed oil. Instillation includes compost from the Solid Waste Agency and plant starts grown on our urban farm. Free garden beds will be delivered on a first come, first served basis to residents living in Time Check.

Adirondack Chairs

A set of two Adirondack chairs will be provided on a limited basis for members of the Front Yard Club in the Time Check neighborhood. This is a great way to relax in your front yard and connect with neighbors!


Click here to request to join the Front Yard Club, or call the Matthew 25 office with questions at 319-362-2214. *Garden beds and Adirondack chairs are available on a first come, first served basis and a limited quantity are available for the 2020 season. Neighbors can still join the Front Yard Club at any time, and can be put on a wait list for next year’s garden beds and chairs, which are funded by grants for the Time Check neighborhood.


Home Energy Audits & Weatherizations

Matthew 25 hosts the Cedar Rapids site for Green Iowa AmeriCorps. Find out how Green Iowa AmeriCorps can help you reduce your heating and cooling costs and make your house more comfortable through a home energy audit and weatherization. Weatherization makes your home more energy-efficient by doing things like sealing air leaks and adding insulation.

The Green Iowa AmeriCorps program in Cedar Rapids is sponsored by the City of Cedar Rapids





Transform Week

Transform Week revitalizes lives and neighborhoods, one house at a time. By connecting volunteers with homeowners, we take on basic maintenance projects that might otherwise cause the entire house to deteriorate. We offer hope when people are only seeing hardship. Learn more about Transform projects and volunteer needs.

Tool Library

Gain access to a wide range of tools for home and garden projects through the Matthew 25 Tool Library.

Grow Taylor

Learn about our investment in the Taylor Area Neighborhood. Get information about our Grow Taylor program.


Groundswell Coworking

We offer a community-driven shared workspace for location-independent workers at Groundswell Coworking. It promotes collaboration and provides an alternative work environment for entrepreneurs, freelancers, independent consultants, creative professionals and others who might have traditionally worked from home.


Groundswell Events

We provide event space in the Taylor neighborhood by renting out our cafe and coworking space. Groundswell is an ideal venue for a variety of events, including community group meetings, corporate events and training, holiday parties, concerts, recitals, and more. Learn more about our event space.

Rent or Buy a Home

Find your next home. Rent or purchase safe, quality, affordable housing from Matthew 25. See our list of available homes to rent.

November 2017 we completed and sold a full remodel of a beautiful 3/1 home on the SE side. This house was completely transformed with custom cabinets, beautifully restored original woodwork and floors.