500 Housing Professionals Expected to Attend HousingIowa Conference

DES MOINES  - The Iowa Finance Authority will host housing professionals from throughout the state at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown for the HousingIowa Conference Sept. 3-5. The conference, themed Awesometown, will showcase the wide-ranging benefits affordable housing has on communities. Attendees will hear from national housing experts, discuss local issues and network with housing professionals. The event is open to anyone interested in learning more about the housing industry. The registration fee is $200. More information is available at IFAMeetings.com.

Conference highlights:

Keynote speakers

  • Liz Murray, From Homeless to Harvard
  • Mary Kelly, PhD,  An Economic Update: What Housing Professionals Need to Know in Awesometown
  • Jon Stetson, Invest in your Intuition
    • 2014 HousingIowa Awards

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Churches United of the Quad City Area is extremely proud and thankful to announce the award of a grant in the amount of $30,000.00 from the Riverboat Development Authority, to be utilized for our Hunger Program.

The Riverboat Development Authority has been a vital supporter of this mission, and we are extremely grateful to them for helping to address the hunger needs in our community.


SPRINGFIELD - Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the passing of world-renowned poet, author and performer Maya Angelou:

"Maya Angelou was a towering figure of the arts who has inspired generations of people across the globe. Her life, talent and accomplishments read like an epic novel, and yet her works touch the mind and soul like few in our nation's history.

"Maya's example of overcoming almost unimaginable pain and silence to produce masterpieces that will live forever is a shining beacon for all. As she said, 'I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.'

"Thank you, Maya, for throwing us something back. I join people across Illinois today in remembering Maya Angelou's life and work, and extend our condolences to her family, friends and millions of admirers."


HousingIowa Awards to honor outstanding housing initiatives throughout Iowa

(DES MOINES) - The Iowa Finance Authority is seeking nominations for the seventh annual HousingIowa Awards. The HousingIowa Awards recognize outstanding programs, projects and people in all sectors of Iowa's housing industry for their leadership and innovation in advancing affordable housing opportunities in Iowa. Award nominations are due July 3.

Award nominations are judged by an independent panel of judges. The 2014 award winners will be announced at the 2014 HousingIowa Conference on Sept. 3 at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown.

Award categories include :

  •  ·          Multifamily Development
  •  ·          Single-Family Development  
  •  ·          Special Needs Development  
  • ·         Innovation
  • ·         Legislative Friend of Housing
  • ·         Kay Anderson Friend of Iowa

More information about the 2014 HousingIowa Awards and the HousingIowa Conference is available at IFAMeetings.com.

The Iowa Legislature created the Iowa Finance Authority, the state's housing finance agency, in 1975 to

undertake programs to assist in the attainment of housing for low- and moderate-income Iowans. Since then, the Iowa Finance Authority's role has grown to include approximately 40 programs. The Iowa Finance Authority is a self-supporting public agency whose mission is to finance, administer, advance and preserve affordable housing and to promote community and economic development for Iowans.

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The Scott County Regional Authority has awarded Churches United of the Quad City Area a grant in the amount of $10,000.00 to be utilized for technical upgrades to our offices, which will certainly aide us in helping those in need through our Hunger and Shelter ministries.

We are extremely grateful to the Scott County Regional Authority for its support in this endeavor.


Churches United of the Quad City Area is extremely proud and thankful to announce the award of a grant in the amount of $30,000.00 from the Riverboat Development Authority, to be utilized for our Hunger Program.

We are forever grateful to the Riverboat Development Authority for its support in this endeavor to combat hunger in our community.


Rock Island, IL - The Scott County Regional Authority (SCRA) has awarded Christian Care with a $6,100 grant, which will provide for new shelves in a food pantry at the domestic violence shelter, and new kitchen ware for its homeless rescue mission.

Christian Care is transforming the lives of homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence, veterans, men and women coming out of prison, and those with mental illness. Its two facilities?a domestic violence shelter for abused women and children and a rescue mission for homeless men?provide safe shelter, nutritious meals, clothing, counseling, referrals and guidance to those in need. Its services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week with the goal of nourishing the bodies, minds, hearts and souls of the men, women and children who come seeking a new way of life. If you know someone in need, call the Christian Care crisis hotline any hour of the day or night at (309) 788-2273.

Rachel HartmanRachel Hartman, the April 28 guest in Augustana College's River Readings at Augustana series, is the author of the 2012 young-adult novel Seraphina. It's a fantasy tale of royalty and knights and the faraway kingdom of Goredd; of a mysterious murder and supernatural powers and fanciful beings named Loud Lad and Pelican Man.

More specifically, it's a story of the 16-year-old girl of Hartman's title, a gifted music instructor who's harboring a bit of a secret: She's not actually a girl. Or rather, she's half-girl, and half-dragon. And she's hardly the only dragon in town.

It turns out Goredd, as we learn on the book's eighth page, is a kingdom where dragons are able to assume human form, even if they don't have much understanding of, or use for, human emotions. Yet if you ask Hartman how she landed on the idea for Seraphina, and for her transformable creatures in general, she'll no doubt admit that inspiration didn't come from mythology or legend or previous works of fiction. It came from an inability to illustrate dragons.

Local Quad Cities author Katie Ganshert's new novel, A Broken Kind of Beautiful (Waterbrook Press, April 15, 2014) follows the life of Ivy Clark, a ten year veteran model in the fashion industry.
When Clark's life starts to fall apart with her modeling career is at risk, she turns for help in unexpected places.
With broken relationships and the unresolved reality of her life being conceived through her father's affair, Ivy's life feels broken and shattered. Is it possible for her to find real beauty in her stained and shattered life?
Ganshert's local event takes place:
Saturday, April 26, 1-3 PM CT
4000 East 53rd St
Davenport, IA 52807
To request a review copy or schedule an interview, please contact lkittle@randomhouse.com

Art Legacy League Launches our Art Preservation Campaign by Bringing Steve Berry to Discuss Importance of Historic Preservation of the Arts  The Art Legacy League, (ALL) a nonprofit organization honoring the life's works of Fr. Edward M. Catich, is proud to present Steve Berry, international bestselling author to speak about historic preservation, June 1, 2014, 7pm at Jumer's Casino & Hotel. Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally recognized author of "thrill novels." His themes are meticulously researched and the fictional aspects are blended with actual historic incidents. His books have been translated into 40 languages with more than 15 million printed copies in 51 countries.

"We are so pleased that Steve accepted our invitation to share his knowledge of historical preservation. The Art Legacy League's main goal is to preserve in accordance with the standards of professional art conservators the artworks of the late Reverend Edward M. Catich, artist, author and scholar." said Paul Herrera Chairman of ALL. "We are launching the Art Preservation Campaign hoping to provide funds for continued teaching events, gallery exhibitions and lectures to share Father Catich's legacy with a national and international audience. But most importantly, the preservation of his artwork."

Steve Berry and wife Elizabeth created the HISTORY MATTERS foundation dedicated to history preservation. They travel the country lecturing and giving workshops and have helped save historic treasures raising more than $750,000. Berry has been recognized by the American Library Association, which named him the first spokesman for National Preservation Week, a role he reprised in 2013. He has also been honored for his philanthropic work with the Poets & Writers' Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, the International Thriller Writers Silver Bullet Award in 2013. The Spirit of Anne Frank Human Writes Award was given to Berry for the best exemplification of the spirit of Anne Frank in their work. In addition, Steve was asked to write the forwards for the 2014-2015 re-release of the novels of James Michener, his boyhood idol and one of America's foremost storytellers.

ALL, organized in 2012 as a nonprofit organization, has adopted as its primary purpose the fostering of the Catich doctrine and making it known and accessible to all. For more information regarding this event visit the Art Legacy League at www.artlegacyleague.com For more information regarding Steve Berry, visit www.steveberry.org