Home Is Where the Heart IsColleen plays with her dog in their new home.

Colleen Reeves-Armatis joyfully sits in her home in Mason City, entertaining guests with her easy laugh. However, just a year ago, this scene was not a reality for Colleen. She was at the women’s shelter in Mason City and was coming to the end of her stay. Facing homelessness, Colleen sought refuge in the services provided by the Mason City Housing Authority.

Colleen was able to gain assistance from the federal HOME  Tenant-Based Rental Assistance program, which is administered locally by Mason City, and funds allocated by the Iowa Finance Authority. This assistance secured the funds needed in order for Colleen to find a place to live, while she continued going back to school as a full-time adult student.

With an upcoming graduation  and her loveable companion by her side, life doesn’t get much better for Colleen. With a home to offer security, warmth and a fun place to decorate, it’s easy to understand why Colleen can so easily fill her home with laughter.