East Central Intergovernmental Association

A regional response to local needs

7600 Commerce Park
Dubuque, IA 52002
800-942-4648 (Iowa Only)


Special Needs Assistance Program (SNAP)


The Continuum of Care – Special Needs Assistance program is a permanent supportive housing program that assists those who are chronically homeless and have either a substance abuse issue, mental health diagnosis and/or has been diagnosed with having HIV/AIDS. The program is operated on ECIA's non-profit, East Central Development Corporation (ECDC).


The Continuum of Care – Special Needs Assistance program uses the housing first model which allows us to help those who qualify, obtain housing first and then address the barriers that have kept someone homeless. With case management, supportive services are put in place and verified on a monthly basis to help ensure stability.

If you have any questions about this program, please call ECIA Employment & Training Specialist, Amanda Hohmann at 563.258.9187 or email her at ahohmann@ecia.org.


The East Central Development Corporation is a United Way Partner Agency. Please visit the Dubuque office at www.dbqunitedway.org.


The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) is a federally funded program that allows ECDC to provide temporary rental assistance to individuals and families who are homeless as defined by HUD as  Category 1 ( residing in a shelter or place not meant for human habitation). The application process involves a needs assessment in which clients who present the greatest need will be served first and work with their case manager on goals, budgeting, housing stability, crisis plans and exit strategies to ensure stable housing. Amount and duration of assistance will be determined based on outcomes from client interactions and progress, as 100% rental coverage is not guaranteed with the expectation of client contribution.

ESG funds are also used to support staff in providing Street Outreach efforts to individuals and families who are residing in a place not meant for human habitation. Staff are able to meet with clients where they are residing and work on immediate needs related to shelter, food, health, clothing, transportation, etc.