The City recently received additional Community Development Block Grant-CV (CDBG-CV) funds through the Iowa Economic Development Authority to assist in its response to the pandemic. This funding provides an additional $390,000 in assistance to help Iowa City households secure housing and prevent homelessness through CommUnity Crisis Services.

Funds are available to provide rent, mortgage, and/or utility assistance to those financially impacted by COVID. Since the pandemic began, the City has allocated over $748,000 to our area partners, including CommUnity Crisis Services, Shelter House and Center for Worker Justice, to prevent eviction or foreclosure in our community.

Funding programs available

There are various programs available to assist households financially struggling due to COVID. If you need housing assistance and your household income is below 80% of the area’s median income (eligibility chart available here), the City encourages you to do the following:

  • Apply to Iowa’s Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program. This program can provide up to four months of rent or mortgage assistance. Eligibility and available assistance information can be found online. The State allocated $20 million to this program and the City encourages you to apply for these housing benefits first.
  • If you are not eligible, or your application is denied by the State and you are an Iowa City resident, please apply to CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank. The program can assist with up to 6 months of rent, mortgage, or utility assistance. If you receive or have received State assistance, you can apply for this program after their assistance ends and there is no duplication of benefits. More information can be found here.
  • The City is also partnering with the Center for Worker Justice to provide additional funding through the From My Home to Yours program focused on those not eligible for unemployment or stimulus benefits. The program will make up to two payments of $600 within a 12-month period for rent, utilities, healthcare, childcare or food assistance for those under 80% of median income and financially impacted by COVID. To apply, contact Center for Worker Justice at 319-594-7593.

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Date of publication

Friday, September 18, 2020