The UN refugee agency officials are surrounded.
Every home on this street in Fallujah was gutted and burnt by Islamic State group militants as they retreated, but so far only one house on this block has been refurbished.
A crowd forms as each parent begs for their house to be next.
"I'm by myself and I need help. My older brothers and my father got killed," one man explains.
Another woman, holding her baby, tried to persuade the officials to come see her burnt out house where her family is squatting.
"Everyone needs help. Everyone is approaching," the UNHCR's Saif Hameed Altatooz explains, as his team patiently listens to the families and writes down phone numbers.
"But we can't make any promises as there is no current budget for this project for this year."
The battle against the Islamic State group has been won in most of Iraq's cities and towns, but the country is now facing one of the largest urban reconstruction projects since WWII.
The jihadist militants systemically destroyed much of the public infrastructure in the 40 per cent of Iraq that they occupied; whole neighbourhoods in Fallujah were made unliveable, 80 per cent of neighbouring Ramadi was flattened and West Mosul was all but wiped out in fighting.
The Iraqi Government has put the cost of rebuilding at over $100 billion.
"I think it's really important to recognise that the Iraqi Government has been dealing with three crises at the same time. A security crisis, a humanitarian crisis and a fiscal crisis," says Lise Grande, the UN humanitarian coordinator and chief of the United Nations Development Program in Iraq (UNDP).
Ms Grande has been overseeing a special United Nations 'stabilisation' program where the UN is supporting the Iraqi Government to fast-track the rehabilitation of public infrastructure so people can return home as quickly as possible.
"With the military campaign nearly over, we expect that the Government will be investing significant resources into getting people home. This now becomes the highest priority," Ms Grande explains.
Fallujah is one of the early success stories for what this program has and can achieve across the country.
Ordnance has been cleared from most neighbourhoods, electricity has been restored, 80 per cent of children are back at school and 60 per cent of the city's residents now have access to drinking water.
"Fallujah has come a long, long way. A year ago it was a destroyed ghost town. Today it is a city being reborn," Ms Grande says.
"What we have seen is that the Government has managed to stabilise the city and through the managed return process hundreds of thousands of people have returned home. That's an incredible achievement in a very short period."
'Nobody wants to see international community walk away'
But right now, even as stabilisation efforts are underway across Iraq, the urgent humanitarian phase of this crisis is not yet over.
Around 3.3 million Iraqis are still displaced across the country at a time when the UN refugee agency's funding is critically low, with only 14 per cent of their program to care for Iraq's millions of displaced funded.
There are fears that if the funding for rebuilding and humanitarian programs is not urgently increased, resentment will grow and the military success against the Islamic State group will be undermined.
"People are still prone, after three years of living under ISIS control, to think that people may be out to get them and that ISIS was the only recourse that they had," UNHCR Iraq country head Bruno Geddo says.
"That's why it is so important that our efforts for stabilisation, for safe and sustainable return and to uphold the rule of law must continue to be supported by donors, by the international community."
The Australian Government has announced that it will provide $110 million over the next three years for humanitarian and stabilisation assistance in Iraq, adding to the $70 million it has already provided since 2014.
While the contribution is significant, particularly amid a time that foreign aid has been slashed by the Turnbull Government, it is a fraction of what Australia has spent on military efforts to fight the Islamic State group, which stand at $799 million in the past three years.
Mr Geddo says it is important countries like Australia give Iraq's humanitarian and stabilisation efforts as much support as they gave to the military defeat of the Islamic State group.
"I would very much welcome a better balance between the military effort, the humanitarian assistance and the return of IDP's in a safe and sustainable manner," Mr Geddo said.
"If countries like Australia can have a balance between these three sides of the same problem then the problem could be addressed, otherwise an element will be missing and this could undermine the future prospects of a unified Iraq."
Ms Grande says it is crucial the international community stays engaged well beyond the military victory and that the gains against the Islamic State group are consolidated.
"I have every confidence that the international community is going to continue its commitment to both humanitarian action and stabilisation," she says.
"What nobody wants to see is the international community walk away now. That just doesn't make sense."