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 Year in ReviewOctober 2008 - October 2009
 
The LinnArea LongTerm Recovery Coalition (LALTRC) was formed in July of 2008 to provide assistanceto our neighbors as they struggled to recover from the floods of 2008. The LALTRC is a story of partnerships both new and old that were formed to re-mobilize the collective resources of these in order to address the unmet needs of flood survivors living in disaster-impacted Linn County. Businesses,funders, nonprofits, faith communities and local and state government have all worked side by side tofind solutions to the challenges facing us.The mission of the LinnArea Long Term Recovery Coalition (LALTRC) is to:
Provide collaborative leadership in order to strengthen area-wide ongoing disaster coordinationin the affected areas. The LALTRC will share information, advocate for the most vulnerable,simplify access to service and jointly resolve disaster-caused human recovery needs.
The Steering Committee includes representatives from United Way of East Central Iowa, Iowa AnnualConference of the United Methodist Church, Linn County Community Services, ISU Extension, Heritage Area Agency on Aging, FEMA, Abbe Center for Community Mental Health, the local faith community,HawkeyeArea CommunityAction Program, the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, the Cityof Cedar Rapids, the City of Palo and SalvationArmy.LALTRC worked with Christian Reformed World Relief Committee to conduct a needs assessment inearly fall 2008. 1,292 families throughout Linn County completed this needs assessment. The Coalitionlearned through this process that respondents represented the following vulnerable populations:Elderly – 18.4%Disabled – 12.1% Acute Medical Problems – 9.8%Single-parent – 9.5%Veterans –7.7%Sixteen months later, families are still struggling to navigate a complex network of resources andavailability. Individuals who are retired, living on limited income, individuals living with disabilities, andsingle parents all face unique challenges in finding sufficient resources to return their families to safe,affordable, secure housing. Individuals living in FEMA assisted housing struggle with future housingplans. All survivors need encouragement and guidance as they apply for resources, appeal decisionsand make plans for the future. In the most affected neighborhoods, Taylor and Time Check, averagehousehold income is under $35,000.
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Where does the LALTRC receive its funding?
The LALTRC receives dollars from numerous funding sources including the Greater Cedar RapidsCommunity Foundation, state Unmet Needs dollars, Federal Emergency Public Jobs dollars, andmany others. These public and private partnerships are needed to help those impacted by theFloods of 2008.Members of the coalition focus on these key areas: CaseAdvocacy, Volunteer Coordination, Spiritualand Emotional Care, Crisis Counseling, and Rebuilding
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How has the LALTRC helped withrebuilding?
Over $977,000 of funding has beencontributed to the community by thecoalition. 74% of these dollars havegone to homeowners to rebuild their homes post flood. The remaining26% of the dollars have been usedfor other projects. For example,specialized work such as electricaland plumbing, rental assistance, etc.
What are the number of hoursthat have been contributed byvolunteers?
 A volunteer’s time is just as valuableas a financial contribution. For every$1 contributed by donors, volunteerscontributed $5 in labor. 563,000volunteer hours, and counting, havebeen recorded to date by numerousorganizations, including the volunteer hours of groups coordinated by theEast Central Iowa Volunteer Center.This brings a value of nearly$11,400,750 back into our community.
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