FUSE – Housing First

FUSE Housing First is an Iowa City Shelter House project based off of two nationally recognized models: FUSE and Housing First. The new building will provide a permanent home for the chronically homeless, integrating health and social services into permanent, stable housing.

The FUSE project was made possible through donations from the Iowa Finance Authority and the Housing Trust Fund of Johnson County. Consequently, the design was driven by the need to utilize those funds in the most responsible way possible. The team sought to select the most efficient, durable systems, and low maintenance exterior and interior materials and finishes.

The floorplan takes full advantage of the restricted width of the site as well as zoning regulations which specify a maximum of 24 one-bedroom units on the site. Each unit will include a single bed, bathroom, and kitchen/living area. The first floor includes a reception desk – staffed 24/7, a flexible multi-purpose room, and on-site support services including an exam room for medical care and offices for case management providers. Several age in place characteristics such as accessible restrooms in each unit, elevator access, and adaptable casework have been integrated for older adults.

Construction is expected to begin in March 2018.

Project Type

In Progress


Iowa City, Iowa


14,000 SF