***Updated September 8, 2020 to include Iowa Housing Search***
***Updated August 21, 2020 to include WIC support***
***Updated August 19, 2020, to include the Iowa Association of Realtors grant***
Governor Kim Reynolds formally requested an expedited Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for Iowa communities and counties that have been severely impacted by the devastating derecho storm that occurred on August 10, 2020.
The governor requested funding under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Individual Assistance Program for 27 counties, including Johnson County. Reynolds also requested funding under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program for the repair or replacement of public infrastructure and debris removal for 16 counties, including Johnson County.
Iowa Housing SearchIowans displaced by the derecho and looking for housing options can search www.IowaHousingSearch.org for available rental housing.
Property providers can log in to www.IowaHousingSearch.org to help Iowans who have been displaced due to the devastating derecho. Add or update your rental listings so that individuals can contact you about urgently-needed available units. Sign in on the website or call the IowaHousingSearch.org team at 1.877.428.8844, weekdays from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm, for assistance. Please note accessible features, and consider short-term leases as well as permanent housing options. You can also mark your property as under repair if it was damaged in the derecho, and the unit will be removed from public view.
IowaHousingSearch.org offers a secured, restricted access portal that allows approved case managers to search for listings in which landlords have expressed a willingness to work with targeted populations such as victims of natural disaster, refugees or others. Please be sure to select these populations during the listing process if you are willing to work with them to provide critically needed housing. Your properties are a crucial link when people are displaced from their homes. Thank you for supporting our neighbors in their time of need.
Iowa Individual Assistance Grant ProgramThe Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level or a maximum annual income of $43,440 for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car 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. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim. Information about the Iowa Department of Human Services disaster assistance programs, including food assistance replacement and the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program is available at https://dhs.iowa.gov/disaster-assistance-programs.
Report Property DamageProperty damage can be self-reported at www.crisistrack.com/public/johnsonIA/request.html. This is the first step in submitting a claim for the Iowa Individual Grant Program. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and temporary housing expenses.
United Way of Johnson and Washington CountiesUnited Way of Johnson and Washington Counties is responding locally by helping individuals and families who are facing losses from the storm. United Way’s 2-1-1 service has been, and continues to be, available for those in need of assistance due to the storm. 2-1-1 is a free, 24/7 hotline that provides information to individuals seeking community resources. Those in need of immediate assistance may access support services through 211 by dialing 2-1-1 on their cell or landline, texting their zip code to 898211, visiting 211iowa.org, or downloading the 211 Iowa app.
United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties has opened its local Community Disaster Relief Fund, which will distribute support for individuals and families in crisis. If you have been affected by the storm, and reside in Johnson or Washington County, contact United Way at 319.338.7823. Donations are also being accepted and volunteers are needed. If you would like to learn more about how to donate, information can be found at www.UnitedWayJWC.org.
Iowa Association of RealtorsThe Iowa Association of REALTORS® (IAR) partnered with the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) to provide storm relief for areas of Iowa impacted by the Derecho Storm on August 10. NAR’s REALTOR Relief Foundation has awarded IAR a grant of $250,000. This grant can help individuals affected by the derecho storm with mortgage payment assistance or rental costs due to displacement up to $1,000 per applicant. For more information, visit www.iowarealtors.com/news/derecho-storm-relief. All questions regarding the grant can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 800.532.1515.
WIC Food ReplacementWIC families currently receiving benefits and living in Johnson County can request to replace WIC foods. WIC foods purchased between August 1-10, 2020, and destroyed or spoiled as the result of storm damage or power outage may be replaced. WIC families must contact their local WIC agency no later than August 31 to be considered for food replacement. Learn more at https://idph.iowa.gov/WIC or call 319.356.6042.