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Main Shelter at 225 S. Kellogg Ave.
Main Shelter at 225 S. Kellogg Ave.

Emergency Residence Project began in 1985 after the closing of two earlier shelters. The first shelters had demonstrated both a need for a shelter, and for more support.  The shelter began in what had been a single family home Ames and primarily served single men, mostly transients.  Over the years the shelter expanded to include a shelter for single women, couples, and families.  This was due to the fast growing need for shelter for families, a trend that continues today.  In 1999 Emergency Residence Project started a transitional housing program for families.

Vic Moss served as the has been the shelter’s director from 1987 until his retirement.  Carrie Dunnwald stepped in as the Executive Director in August 2016.

Emergency Residence Project offers three programs:

-Emergency Shelter for people experiencing homelessness.  Shelter space is available for single men, single women, couples, and families.

-Transitional Housing for families with children.  The program offers an affordable apartment for a short time while families work on decreasing barriers to maintaining housing.

-Homeless Prevention financial assistance to prevent individuals and families from becoming evicted or getting utilities shut off.

Mission and Goals

We are an organization that provides shelter to the homeless and, whenever possible, help to prevent individuals from becoming or from remaining homeless.  We seek to do so in a welcoming, nonjudgmental atmosphere that respects their human dignity.  It is also our goal to involve the community in the provision of services to the homeless and in fostering the conditions that prevent homelessness.

Four-plex redo team.
Four-plex redo team.

Population Served

Almost two-thirds of the people benefiting  from the programs offered through the Emergency Residence Project are residents of Story County, with the rest composed of individuals attempting to relocate to Story County or who are passing through town.

Main Shelter – The shelter provided 680 people with emergency shelter during the 2015-2016 fiscal year.   We also provided over 5000 meals to our shelter guests.

Transitional Housing – This program served 54 people and 12 households during the 2015-2016 fiscal year.  The majority of people served are children and youth under the age of 18 years old.

Homeless Prevention Program – This program provided financial assistance to 1316 people living in 517 households during the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

Annual Service Report

Annual Report for 2015-2016

How to Contact Us

Emergency Residence Project
225 South Kellogg Ave.
Ames, IA 50010
515-232-8075
erp@midiowa.net