A Storm Lake family is in desperate need of housing to keep the family together and get back on their feet, and frustrated social workers are turning to the community for help.
"This family consists of a single mom, six boys and two girls, and the children range from elementary school to high school age," said James Walker, a Storm Lake social worker with West Iowa Family Services.
The family has lost its previous housing and is facing a crisis situation, Walker said, spurring the unusual public appeal.
Needed is a five bedroom home available for rent. It should meet the basic requirements of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program.
"All of the social programs have wracked their brains for months, and we've had every realtor in town helping us to try to look for appropriate available housing for this family. At this point the family is going to be made indigent and we really hope someone will step forward with a lead on a home. If someone does, HUD will send a young lady with a very big smile on her face to check it out," Walker said.
Anyone with information on a five bedroom home in Storm Lake or the immediate surrounding area that may meet HUD guidelines is urged to leave a message for Walker at 732-5528.