If you have tenants who are unable to pay rent, please be aware that many agencies currently have rental assistance funds available. Please do not wait to contact your tenant to discuss. It is important to work with tenants so that you can collect back rent and they can remain housed.

Assistance available to tenants in Johnson County, including Iowa City:

An eviction prevention help desk is now available at the Johnson County Courthouse Monday afternoons from 12:30 - 3 p.m. If a tenant is facing eviction, they may be eligible for rental assistance through state or local funding if they have been financially impacted by COVID-19. Additionally, in partnership with Shelter House, the City of Iowa City and Johnson County are offering prospective rental assistance for tenants facing eviction while an application for the Iowa Rent & Utility Assistance Program (IRUAP) is pending approval. Please consider stopping by the eviction prevention help desk, located in the lower level of the Johnson County Courthouse, prior to an eviction hearing to meet with Shelter House staff to determine if a tenant’s balance can be paid with these rental assistance funds. The program pays up to 12 months of past due rent and utility assistance. More information about this program can be found at https://www.iowafinance.com/iowa-rent-and-utility-assistance-program/

Assistance for Iowa City tenants only who are not eligible for IRUAP funds (home must be located within Iowa City’s corporate limits):

Emergency Housing Assistance is available for qualified applicants. Contact Shelter House at 319-351-0326. Shelter House administers several different housing relief programs, including housing eviction and foreclosure prevention, with funds made available through the City of Iowa City's Community Development Block Grant-CV program. The program can assist with up to 6 months of rent, mortgage, or utility assistance.

For other City of Iowa City COVID-19 Recovery and Support information, please visit https://www.icgov.org/covid-19-vaccinations/recovery-and-support

Date of publication

Friday, August 06, 2021