Disaster assist. available
Tue, 04/02/2019 - 10:45am admin
Howard County - Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation on Friday, March 22, 2019 for Howard County in response to flooding and severe weather beginning March 13th and continuing.
The governor’s proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather and activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program.
For Howard County, Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation (NEICAC) administers these two programs outlined below. NEICAC’s Howard County Family Service Office is located at 204 2nd Ave E. in Cresco – telephone number is 563-547-4413.
The Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program (IIAGP) provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with income up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, which have been updated to reflect 2019 guidelines. The maximum annual income for a household of one is $24,980, for a household of two it is $33,820, for a household of three it is $42,660 and for a household of four it is $51,500.
You may go to the website www.neicac.org and click on the “Poverty Guidelines” tab to find the 200 percent poverty level for larger households. Grants are available for loss of personal property, home repairs, replacement of clothing or food and temporary housing expenses. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery.
A voucher program is also available for larger cost items such as furnaces, water heaters, washers/dryers and structural repairs.
The grant application and instructions are available on the Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation website (www.neicac.org) and on the Iowa Department of Human Services website. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim (May 6, 2019). The program is only for individuals and not for businesses or commercial properties.
Disaster Case Management is a program to address serious needs to overcome a disaster-related hardship, injury or adverse condition. Disaster case managers work with clients 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 the Disaster Case Management program; there is also no direct financial assistance with the program. Disaster Case Management closes 180 days from the date of the governor’s proclamation.
Residents of Howard County impacted by the recent severe weather are encouraged to report damage to the Howard County Emergency Management Coordinator, Darrell Knecht, at 563-547-9208 to help better understand the damage sustained. Damage to property, roads, utilities and other storm-related information may be reported.