About the PATCH Program
With many homes still too damaged to be habitable, housing has been identified as one of the most pressing needs following the August 10 derecho. A new program called the Providing Assistance to Community Homeowners (PATCH) has been created to help homeowners repair homes or make them livable for the winter months.
Matthew 25 has been coordinating efforts with United Way of East Central Iowa, Alliant Energy Foundation, the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, and others to bring much needed emergency repair assistance to those who need it. This partnership and coordination ensures that recovery needs are identified and services are not duplicated.
What’s the need?
- Approximately 18,700 Linn County homeowners earn less than 80% of area median income ($68,150 for a family of four)
- 61% of homes in Linn County sustained “minor” or “major” damage, and around 10% of these homeowners need support
- There are approximately 1,150 homeowners with a financial gap in need of assistance
What is being provided?
Repair work is being coordinated by Matthew 25. Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP) and Iowa Legal Aid are assisting with FEMA applications, insurance claims, and other legal needs. Waypoint is coordinating all intake and routing to the appropriate agencies.
There is an urgent need to help homeowners now, even before winter arrives. As we move through the winter, Matthew 25 and others will be setting up volunteer teams and contractors who will be ready to go as soon as the weather breaks in early spring. Our intent is to help out as long as donations last and people need help. Currently, funding for staffing is in place through December, 2021.
Want to help?
The PATCH Program is like a patchwork quilt. PATCH partners will be needed to help the community overcome the devastation of the derecho. It’s going to take all of us in the community coming together to do our part in helping homeowners in need. If you want to give financially to help others, or if you have talent and supplies to donate, please reach out.
We’re looking for contractors and laborers who have specific contributions they can make. For instance, we already have a roofing company donating two free roofs per month. If you are a contractor willing to provide free or discounted services for this program, please contact us at 319-362-2214.
We’re also looking for volunteer groups to help with home repairs and debris clean up. If you’d like to volunteer, please contact us at 319-362-2214 or fill out our volunteer registration form.
If you’d like to make a donation to help with this program, you can do so online or by sending a check with “PATCH Program” in the memo to: Matthew 25, 201 2rd Ave SW, Cedar Rapids IA 52404. If you have any questions or would like to become a major financial partner in this program, please contact Jana at 319-200-2783. If you would like to donate new building materials or supplies, please contact Aaron.
Residents can access this program by calling Waypoint at 319-366-7999. Displaced renters will be referred to the rental assistance program or, if facing homelessness, entered into the centralized intake system. Homeowners will be referred to a variety of organizations based on their needs. Income guidelines will determine who qualifies to receive support from the construction program.
PATCH Program Funding Partners
Thank you to all who have contributed to help make this program happen, especially our major funding partners: