Disaster Recovery Resources

The Gazette is updating a list of Linn County resources and opportunities to help in eastern Iowa.

The Iowa Department of Human Services has state resources for those impacted by the storm.

Check the LAP-AID website for resources at https://www.linndisasterinfo.com/stormFind Child Care:  Child Care Resource & Referral toll free #:  855-244-5301


Individual Assistance Grants: Households with incomes within 200% of federal poverty (maximum annual income of $43,440 for a family of three) can apply for grants for home and car repairs, replacing clothes and food, and temporary housing.  http://www.cityofatkins.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/470-4448-Iowa-Individual-Disaster-Assistance-Grant-Program-IIAGP-Application.pdf

SNAP Food Assistance: Iowans who receive Food Assistance can request replacement of food destroyed by the storm or power outage. Completed applications must be turned in by September 17.  Food_Replacement_Form_470-2920

Disaster Case Management: Assists all Iowans with overcoming disaster-related hardship (no income cap). Disaster case managers help you create a disaster recovery plan and provide guidance, advice and referrals.  Contact HACAP @ 319-393-7811 for an application.

Disaster Mental Health Assistance211- When calling into 211 the caller is able to press the number 8 to speak to a crisis counselor about mental health needs. If the caller comes through 211 sharing they have the need to speak with someone, we will share the resources we have in the database as referrals for that caller.

Lost Wages Assistance funds

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved Governor Reynolds’s application for the Lost Wages Assistance program, which provides eligible unemployment claimants with additional benefits. Iowans whose unemployment is the result of the pandemic, and who are eligible for at least $100 in benefits per week, will qualify for an additional $300 in weekly benefits retroactive to the week ending August 1.
More information, eligibility requirements and the application process are available at iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov.

Eviction & Foreclosure Prevention Program updates

More Iowans can get assistance with rent and mortgage payments under expanded eligibility for the COVID-19 Iowa Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention program.
Those who previously received $600 in weekly unemployment benefits can now apply for assistance. Those previously denied assistance due to unemployment benefits may re-apply.

Who qualifies? Renters and homeowners at risk of eviction or foreclosure due to a COVID-19 related loss of income since March 17 who meet income and other eligibility criteria. Household income at the time of application may not exceed 80% of the median family income, which varies by household size and county.
What’s available? Up to four months of rental assistance ($3,200 maximum), including manufactured home rent and lot rent; or up to four months of mortgage payment assistance ($3,000 maximum).
For complete details and to apply, go to IowaHousingRecovery.com.