Every citizen deserves to feel financially stable. United Way's funding priorities include:

  • Programs that provide for basic needs, including physical and / or financial security.
  • Programs that help individuals / families navigate human and legal services to secure basic needs and address financial crises.
  • Programs to help individuals / families improve money management skills to secure and maintain financial stability.

United Way funds the following income stability programs

2-1-1 Information Resource & Referral:

United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States

2-1-1 provides trained and certified Information and Referral specialists who assist individuals and families in finding possible resources to meet their needs.

Centralized Homeless Coordinator*:

East Central Development Corporation

Provides a full time Homeless Coordinator to support and provide case management to the homeless population in Delaware, Dubuque and Jackson Counties by coordinating with social service providers; assessing the needs of the homeless individuals and families; and working toward securing them with permanent stable housing.

Continuum of Care Special Needs Assistance Program:

East Central Development Corporation

Provides comprehensive permanent housing and supportive services for the chronically homeless population that have been diagnosed with mental illness, alcohol and/or substance abuse issues, or HIV/AIDS in the City of Dubuque.

Emergency Food Pantry:

Salvation Army

Provides food through the food pantry on an emergency basis to clients who find themselves food insecure.

Emergency Shelter Program*:

Friends of the Family

Provides safe shelter, confidential services, and housing assistance to individuals and families affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

Food Pantry*:

Dubuque Area Labor Harvest

Provides security to the elderly, disabled, unemployed, and underemployed citizens of the Dubuque area.

Foster Care Community Integration*:

Hillcrest Family Services

Provides integration for children aging out of the foster care or special education system that supports the mental and physical well-being of youth as they transition into adulthood.

Homeless Prevention:

Project Concern

Helps move individuals & families who are homeless towards stable housing & maximum self-sufficiency while providing supportive services.

Homeless Services (Shelter)*:

Almost Home

Provides shelter and mentorship linkage to homeless men, enabling them to focus on employment, budget, and self growth; preparing them for living-wage employment, affordable housing and self-sufficiency.

Income & Housing Stabilization:
Iowa Legal Aid

Provides civil legal assistance that helps Dubuque County low-income individuals & families remain in their homes & have sufficient income to meet their basic needs.

Jail & Prison Ministry:
Catholic Charities

Provides mentoring & support to individuals being released from jails & prisons to assist them in positive re-entry into family & community life through achievement of self-sufficiency & reduction of recidivism.

Maria House & Teresa Shelter

Opening Doors

Teresa Shelter provides 30 day emergency and 6 month to 1 year extended stay. Maria House provides a 2 year transitional housing program for homeless women, alone or with children. Both programs provide hospitality, opportunity, and other related support services.

Victim Services Shelter:
Dubuque Community YMCA / YWCA

Empowers and advocates for all victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking who need safety at our shelter and create an educated community that supports and participates in securing a person's right to a life free from violence.