Gov. Reynolds Establishes Task Force to Address Housing Concerns Following July Tornado

Gov. Kim Reynolds has established a task force to address housing concerns following the July 19 tornado in Marshalltown.

“As we’ve assisted Marshalltown citizens impacted by the tornado, it’s become apparent that lack of available housing is an issue,” Gov. Reynolds said. “I brought this task force together to coordinate and leverage the resources and expertise each member organization can bring to the table. I want a dedicated team to meet the needs of Marshalltown and its residents as they rebuild.”

The 2018 Long Term Housing Recovery Task Force, which had its first meeting on Tuesday in Marshalltown, is comprised of representatives from local, state and federal agencies, along with voluntary agency partners. The task force members will collaborate to identify available resources and provide an overall network of assistance to support immediate and long-term housing recovery goals.

The task force will share information and data to assist in housing recovery, ensure coordination among government and nonprofit agency partners, identify unmet needs and potential resources to meet those needs and deploy resources to support Marshalltown’s long-term housing recovery goals.

Organizations represented at the first task force meeting include:

  • American Red Cross
  • Central Iowa RSVP
  • City of Marshalltown
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Iowa Department of Human Services
  • Iowa Disaster Human Resource Council
  • Iowa Economic Development Authority
  • Iowa Finance Authority
  • Iowa Legal Aid
  • Iowa Mennonite Disaster Service
  • Marshall County
  • Mid-Iowa Community Action
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • United Way of Marshalltown


Additional organizations may be asked to join the task force as additional partners are identified and engaged.