State offering new resources for ‘critical repairs’ in Marshalltown

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM SODDERS - The devastation left by the July 19 tornado is still weighing heavy on residents who were impacted.

Damaged homes in Marshalltown are set for a boost in repairs to the tune of $400,000 from Volunteer Iowa.

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the recovery effort Thursday. The money will be used “to equip and staff a mobile response unit that will make critical repairs to tornado-damaged homes in Marshalltown,” per an administration statement.

It also read that new staff are being sought to help coordinate and lead volunteers working on Marshalltown homes.

With the winter months approaching, mobile response unit volunteers will work to “make homes livable through the winter and support long-term recovery.”

The unit is the result of a partnership between Volunteer Iowa and Habitat for Humanity of Iowa. Support is also being lent by the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Officials from area organizations like Mid-Iowa Community Action and the Region 6 Housing Trust Fund have worked to support tornado victims’ housing needs. They have said that one of the top needs for those with damaged homes is preparation for winter.

Donations can be made at www.iowahabitat.org. General volunteers or volunteer groups who would like to get involved may contact the Central Iowa RSVP volunteer center at 515-444-2390 or emailmarshalltowntornadovolunteers@gmail.com to learn more about available opportunities.