More help is coming to homeowners impacted by the July tornado in Marshalltown in the form of funding to equip and staff a mobile response unit.
On Thursday, Governor Kim Reynolds announced $400,000 in state and federal funding is being allocated to a mobile response unit to assist homeowners in getting their homes repaired before winter arrives.
“The State of Iowa is committed to working across departments with our non-profit partners, industry and community leaders to help our neighbors in Marshalltown get their homes and community back,” Gov. Reynolds said in a written statement. “Our teams have been on the ground since day one, assessing damage, coordinating volunteers and identifying resource needs. This mobile response effort is the next step in recovery.”
The mobile response unit is a partnership between Volunteer Iowa and Habitat for Humanity of Iowa. The unit is funded by the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
“The long-term benefit of this mobile response unit is significant,” IEDA Director Debi Durham said in a written statement. “Once the work in Marshalltown is complete, the crew will be available to respond to disasters across Iowa and support rural housing builds in the communities in most need of our assistance.”
Immediate openings are available for AmeriCorps members, a construction manager and volunteer coordinators. Volunteers will also be needed.
An estimated 900 residences were impacted by the July tornado. About 60 homes were destroyed or sustained significant structural damage. Approximately 300 more sustained major damage.
“The hardest part of the recovery process is keeping the ongoing need top-of-mind after the initial disaster,” Volunteer Iowa Executive Director Adam Lounsbury said in a written statement. “There will continue to be a significant need for additional fundraising and volunteers to support long-term recovery in Marshalltown.”