Prelude has a longstanding commitment to the families of those in recovery. Combining substance abuse treatment and housing for families with children means a chance for a family to live in safe, affordable, drug-free housing with ready access to ongoing treatment and support; to stabilize employment and become self-sufficient; and to break the cycle of substance abuse in the family and embark on a new life.
Prelude has twelve Transitional Housing apartments: ten with two bedrooms and two with three bedrooms. The purpose of the program is to support parents in recovery in making a successful transition from primary treatment to self-sufficient, independent, and responsible living as family members and members of the community.
While in transitional housing, residents are connected with other recovering families and resources in the community. The program includes counseling and case management services to address issues such as prenatal and family health care, mental health concerns, parenting, childcare, transportation, job seeking and job retention, budgeting, and financial management.
Residents of our Transitional Housing program are required to:
- Be an Iowa resident
- Participate in treatment services as recommended
- Remain drug and alcohol-free
- Pay rent or a portion of rent (based on income, as determined by Section 8 rental assistance)
Cost & How to Apply
Our Transitional Housing units are eligible under Section 8 rental assistance. If needed, we are happy to help with the application process. For details on the cost of services, please see Cost of Services.
How to Apply
To learn if our transitional housing program is a good fit for your continued recovery, email TH@preludeiowa.org.
What We Provide
All twelve apartments are furnished, if needed. We provide a “starter” package of household items, including linens, cookware, dishes, cleaning items, and baby supplies. These items are donated by local groups and individuals. If a family stays in the program for at least six months, the “starter” package is gifted to them to take to their next home. We feel it makes a significant difference for families to own and care for these items.
To be eligible for Transitional Housing, a participant must:
- Be alcohol and drug-free,
- Be a caretaker of, or seeking reunification with children under 18 years of age,
- Be seeking safe, affordable, substance-free housing to maintain recovery,
- Agree to program requirements, including continuing substance abuse treatment.
Single parent families and families with two parents are eligible to apply.
Central Iowa Regional Office
3451 Easton Blvd
Des Moines, Iowa
Eastern Iowa Regional Office
430 Southgate Ave
Iowa City, Iowa