You can choose where you want to live in the United States. Many people stay with friends or family members when they first arrive in Iowa. After they find a job they move into their own housing. Sometimes religious or community organizations also help with temporary housing.
If you are coming as a refugee, you can expect that your first housing will be ready for you and that it will be furnished with necessities. The resettlement agency is responsible for making sure that housing is provided for you for the first three months following your arrival in Iowa.
Finding a suitable place to live is not easy for most Americans and may be difficult for you. You will want to consider the type of housing (apartment, house, trailer, etc) and how close it is to school, to work, to public transportation, to stores. Talk with family, friends, and others about areas to consider when looking for housing. If you are a refugee, your resettlement agency should help you. Expect the search to take several weeks. If you need low-income housing, visit houseiowa.org for a list of resources or call 515-266-6886. (See Shelters page or go to http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/iowa.html to search for a shelter).