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Marion Civil Rights Commission Announces Housing Assistance Grant

Post Date:11/30/2018 2:14 PM

The Marion Civil Rights Commission (MCRC) is pleased to announce the approval of the Marion Low & Moderate Income Housing Assistance Grant to be awarded in 2019. The Marion City Council has approved up to $10,000 to be used in this grant program.

The Centers for Disease Control has stated that one of the major social detriments of health is having stable and adequate housing. The intent of the grant will be to assist non-profit, charitable organizations or other entities interested in assisting low-and- moderate income individuals with programs that address housing instability in the community.

“The Marion Civil Rights Commission is thrilled to be able to offer this grant to help make an impact on homelessness in the community,” said Bret Nilles, chair of the commission. “By providing this grant opportunity, our hope is that it will create an incentive for local entities to provide assistance for those impacted by housing instability.”

Innovative proposals are sought from organizations and non-profits that have programs dedicated to helping those who are at risk for housing instability and/or address the ripple effects of that instability.

The application period is now open and will remain open through Jan. 8, 2019. The materials and application form are available via

The target date for awarding the funds is March 2019. The commission will make funding recommendations, based on a defined set of criteria, to provide maximum assistance to as many proposals as possible.

Questions may be directed to Bret Nilles, chair of the Civil Rights Commission via email or by calling 319-431-7261 or Amanda Kaufman, deputy city manager via email or by calling 319-743-6303.

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