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Marion Civil Rights Commission Offers Housing Assistance Grant

Post Date:12/09/2019 9:30 AM

The Marion Civil Rights Commission is pleased to announce the approval of the Marion Low & Moderate Income Housing Assistance Grant to be awarded in 2020. The Marion City Council has approved up to $20,000 to be used in this grant program.

The grant will help non-profit, charitable organizations, or other entities interested in assisting low-and- moderate income individuals with programs that address housing instability in the community. In the inaugural year of the program, funding was awarded to Willis Dady Homeless Services and Waypoint.

“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. “As we’ve seen in the first year, this funding is making a real difference in the lives of those impacted by housing instability.”

The application period is now open and will remain open through Jan. 10, 2020. The materials and application form are available via

The target date for awarding the funds is March 2020. 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, by calling 319-431-7261 or Amal Eltahir, assistant to the city manager, by calling 319-743-6357. 

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