October 12 Update: Financial Assistance Available to Eligible Low-Income Iowans for COVID-19 Utility Disruption Prevention
To be eligible to receive assistance, a residential electric, natural gas and/or water utility customer must have:
September 14 Update: New IowaWORKS mobile app helps job seekers connect with workforce services
September 3 Update: The Ames Expansion Office will be re-opening on Tuesday, September, 8th at 9:00 am. We will only be providing basic and limited Employment Services. This would include IowaWORKS registration, assistance with job searches, applications, resume preparation and other services to help Iowans with their employment needs. Customers can call (515) 725-5495 to schedule an appointment. NOTE: Temperatures will be taken at the door. Face coverings are not required, but highly recommended.
August 21 Update: The State will reinstate the work search requirement on September 8, 2020.
Unemployment – workers impacted by COVID-19 closures can apply online for unemployment benefits. Make sure you are selecting that you are receiving unemployment benefits due to the COVID-19 spread. Two new unemployment benefit programs available to Iowans:
State Extended Benefits (EB) have been triggered; unemployed workers who exhaust their allotted weeks of regular state unemployment and then the 13 weeks of federal PEUC benefits will now be eligible for State EB, which provides up to an additional 13 weeks of regular unemployment benefits while State EB is still triggered “On” in Iowa. Additional program details can be found HERE.
Map for Child Care Programs with Vacancies – The Department of Human Services along with Child Care Resource & Referral are updating this list daily for essential staff to access.
CDC Temporarily Halts Evictions Nationwide – On September 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an emergency public health order to temporarily halt most evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. The order’s expected effective date is September 4, the anticipated date of publication in the Federal Register. The order will be effective through December 31. Learn more here.
City of Ames Mortgage, Rent & Utility Relief Program – This program is designed for low-income households impacted by loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic to assist with their mortgage, rent, and utilities. The program is limited to the City Limits of Ames. Learn more here.
Alliant Energy - Alliant Energy energy bill resources HERE
Iowa Housing Recovery Assistance – The Iowa Finance Authority has announced a program designed to assist Iowans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with rental and mortgage assistance. Applicants must be at or below 80% of the county-wide median income for their household size. Additional program details can be found HERE.
UPDATE: Renters and Homeowners who previously received $600 unemployment benefit now eligible to apply for rent and mortgage assistance. Additional eligibility information is available here.
Iowans who have experienced change in employment status due to COVID-19 may be eligible to enroll in Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage through healthcare.gov. A special enrollment period (SEP) is a period outside of open enrollment when a person can enroll in or switch ACA coverage.
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