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    Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust grants $100,000 to MCSA housing initiatives

    Muscatine Center for Social Action (MCSA)
    MCSA offers shelter for the homeless and those fleeing domestic violence, a homeless prevention program, permanent supportive housing, a food pantry, health services through community partnerships, and collaborative learning opportunities.

    Muscatine Living

    MUSCATINE, Iowa–In order to support the Muscatine Center for Social Action workforce-housing initiatives, a $100,000 grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust was awarded to MCSA to aid in the renovation of two properties in Muscatine.

    This collaborative housing initiative titled Revitalize Muscatine aims to add to and preserve the amount of affordable workforce housing in the Muscatine community. The City of Muscatine is 990 units short of affordable housing, and in an effort to address this, MCSA has established local partnerships and relationships to find solutions. The awarded grant funds will support renovation work at two properties, a single-family home on Sixth Street and a five-plex on Fifth Street. Work has already started on MCSA’s Sixth Street property, in collaboration with First Presbyterian Church, and work on the Fifth Street property is scheduled as well.

    MCSA Resource Development Officer Jenny Leirness says, “This grant award from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust will propel our team of staff and volunteers further toward achieving our goal of renovating two properties in Muscatine. These dollars will go straight into improving the community and adding units to the workforce-housing index in Muscatine. Our organization and partners see so much value in preserving and renovating aging buildings to transform them into homes for local families and individuals, and this grant will help immensely.”

    “While this grant is somewhat of a departure from the Carver Charitable Trust’s primary program areas of interest, we are very pleased to participate in a project that directly addresses a critical need in our local community,” said Dr. Lynne Sasmazer, Program Director of the Carver Trust. “We look forward to the transformation of these properties and their welcoming of new tenants in the near future.”

    To follow along with the progress on this project, please like Muscatine Center for Social Action on Facebook or sign up for our newsletter at mcsaiowa.org.

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