What is MRT?
Habitat for Humanity of Iowa’s AmeriCorps Mobile Response Team is an AmeriCorps funded resource for Iowa Habitat Affiliates and Volunteer Iowa. The MRT’s primary focus is disaster preparedness and response. Its secondary priority is assisting with non-disaster related housing needs in communities across Iowa. The team consists of 1 construction manager (Josh Dank), 1 project manager (Michael Rojas), and 6-10 AmeriCorps members through out the year.
How to utilize the team: When the team is not on deployment for a disaster, they are available to serve at affiliates across the state of Iowa. Disasters will always take precedence even if an affiliate has already reserved the team for that time. Example activities for the MRT could include new house builds, home repairs, ramp builds, volunteer coordination, blitz builds, and more.
Affiliates must complete this form to request the team and email it to Katie Zellmer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Affiliate Responsibilities: Affiliates who take on the team must provide the listed resources below. While providing food in not required it is highly encouraged. In the past affiliates have partnered with local churches or camps to meet these needs.
Local Affiliates must provide:
Access to a kitchen and shower daily
Mileage reimbursement for MRT travel
Donated food as much as possible
Habitat Iowa will provide:
Cots and bedding
Coolers for food storage
MRT Vehicles and Trailers
Members will be responsible for their own food when food is not donated.