LEE COUNTY – The Governor issued a disaster proclamation last week for 10 additional counties, including Lee County. This proclamation allows state resources to be utilized for response recovery and activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program for Lee County.
The Individual Assistance Grant Program provides grants up to $5,000 for household incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level or a maximum annual income of $41,560 for household of three. These grants are available for home or car repairs, clothing or food and temporary housing expenses. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery.
The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) website and potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim. The link to the application can be found here: https://dhs.iowa.gov/disaster-assistance-programs?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
The Disaster Case Management is a program designed to provide assistance for a disaster-related hardship, injury or adverse conditions. Disaster case managers work with individuals to create a disaster recovery plan and provide guidance, advice and referral to obtain a service or resource. There are no income eligibility requirements for this program and closes 180 days from the Governor’s proclamation date. The Disaster Case Management Program is administered through local community action associations, which Lee County’s local agency contact information can be found here: http://iowacommunityaction.org/agencies/community-action-of-southeast-iowa/