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Iowa Assistance Programs for Renters, Homeowners Impacted by COVID-19 Begin Monday

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(KTIV) - On Wednesday, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced COVID-19 impacted renters and homeowners can apply for assistance with rent and mortgage payments.

The assistance comes from a pair of programs that begin this Monday.

The Iowa Homeowner Eviction Prevention program will reopen to help eligible homeowners at risk of eviction with mortgage assistance of up to four months.

Applicants must be: current renters earning no more than 80 percent of their county’s area median income; One or more individuals in the household must have either qualified for unemployment benefits or have experienced a documented financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; and can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability which may include a past due utility or rent notice or eviction notice.

Meanwhile, the Iowa Rent and Utility Assistance Program will provide impacted renters with rent and/or utility assistance for a total of up to 12 months.

However Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Finance Authority, says the utility assistance can include past due payments only.

"Eligible utlities types include, and it's quite extensive: electricity, natural gas, propane for fuel oil, water, sewer and/or trash removal," said Debi Durham

Durham says all past due rent or utility assistance must be for cost incurred no earlier than March 13 of last year.

For more information on the programs, click here.

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