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Assistance for Individuals

 

Logo for the Iowa Department of Human ServicesIowa Individual Assistance Program

When a disaster occurs, the Governor will often issue a Disaster Proclamation in the affected counties. When a Governor's Disaster Proclamation is made in an Iowa county, the Iowa Individual Assistance (IA) Program can be activated at the request of local officials to help those Iowans adversely affected.

Click for more about the Iowa IA Program... (UPDATED SEPT. 21, 2018)

 

The Iowa IA Program provides up to $5,000 in reimbursements for damage incurred for families whose income is at or below twice the federal poverty level (or, a maximum annual income of $41,560 for a family of three*).

 

Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and for the expense of temporary housing. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The program is administered by the Iowa Department of Human Services (IDHS). When the program is activated, information and application instructions are available on the IDHS website. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the disaster proclamation to submit a claim.

 

If a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance is issued for the same event, the state program is automatically canceled as the federal program then goes into effect.

 

At this time, there are 22 counties where Iowa Individual Assistance is still available as a result of storm systems since June. See the tables below for proclamation dates and application deadlines.

Map of counties covered by governor's disaster proclamations in June, July, August, and September 2018. Click on the map to access a PDF version.

County

Proclamation Date

Deadline for IA Applications

Black Hawk

Sept. 7

Oct. 22

Bremer

Sept. 4

Oct. 22

Buchanan

Sept. 12

Oct. 29

Cherokee

Sept. 21

Nov. 7

Clay

Sept. 21

Nov. 7

Clinton

Sept. 7

Oct. 22

Dickinson

Sept. 21

Nov. 7

Emmet

Sept. 21

Nov. 7

Franklin

Sept. 7

Oct. 22 (Sept. 2 storms)

Franklin

Sept. 21

Nov. 7 (Sept. 19 storms)

Hancock

Sept. 21

Nov. 7

Humboldt

Sept. 21

Nov. 7

Iowa

Sept. 4

Oct. 22 (Aug. 28 storms)

Iowa

Sept. 11

Oct. 29 (Sept. 2 storms)

Kossuth

Sept. 7

Oct. 22 (Sept. 2 storms)

Kossuth

Sept. 21

Nov. 7 (Sept. 19 storms)

Marshall

Sept. 19

Oct. 29

(The original proclamation for Marshall from July 20 was extended twice.)

O'Brien

Sept. 21

Nov. 7

Palo Alto

Sept. 21

Nov. 7

Poweshiek

Sept. 7

Oct. 22

Sioux

Sept. 21

Nov. 7

Union

Sept. 19

Nov. 5

Winnebago

Sept. 21

Nov. 7

Worth

Sept. 21

Nov. 7

Wright

Sept. 21

Nov. 7

 

Residents in the following counties are still eligible for Disaster Case Management, though the time frame to apply for Iowa Individual Assistance has passed.

 

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 this program; it closes 180 days from the date of the governor's proclamation. For information on the Disaster Case Management Program, contact your local community action association or visit www.iowacommunityaction.org.

 

County

Proc date

IA Deadline

Case Management Deadline

Allamakee

June 11

July 27

Dec. 8, 2018

Bremer

June 11

July 27

Dec. 8, 2018

Chickasaw

June 11

July 27

Dec. 8, 2018

Cerro Gordo

June 11

July 27

Dec. 8, 2018

Floyd

June 11

July 27

Dec. 8, 2018

Howard

June 11

July 27

Dec. 8, 2018

Winneshiek

June 11

July 27

Dec. 8, 2018

       

Hamilton

June 15

Aug. 2

Dec. 12, 2018

O'Brien

June 15

Aug. 2

Dec. 12, 2018

       

Clay

June 21

Aug.6

Dec. 18, 2018

Dickinson

June 21

Aug. 6

Dec. 18, 2018

Emmet

June 21

Aug. 6

Dec. 18, 2018

Kossuth

June 21

Aug. 6

Dec. 18, 2018

Lyon

June 21

Aug. 6

Dec. 18, 2018

Osceola

June 21

Aug. 6

Dec. 18, 2018

Palo Alto

June 21

Aug. 6

Dec. 18, 2018

Scott

June 21

Aug. 6

Dec. 18, 2018

Story

June 21

Aug. 6

Dec. 18, 2018

       

Hancock

June 25

Aug. 10

Dec. 22, 2018

Humboldt

June 25

Aug. 10

Dec. 22, 2018

Plymouth

June 25

Aug. 10

Dec. 22, 2018

Sioux

June 25

Aug. 10

Dec. 22, 2018

Winnebago

June 25

Aug. 10

Dec. 22, 2018

       

Cherokee

June 27

Aug. 13

Dec. 25, 2018

Warren

June 29

Aug. 13

Dec. 25, 2018

Webster

June 27

Aug. 13

Dec. 25, 2018

       

Boone

July 2

Aug. 16

Dec. 28, 2018

Dallas

July 2

Aug. 16

Dec. 28, 2018

Jasper

July 2

Aug. 16

Dec. 28, 2018

Polk

July 2

Aug. 16

Dec. 28, 2018

       

Franklin

July 3

Aug. 20

Dec. 31, 2018

       

Lee

July 20

Sept. 6

Jan. 16, 2019

Polk

July 20

Sept. 6

Jan. 16, 2019

Van Buren

July 20

Sept. 6

Jan. 16, 2019

       

Marion

July 27

Sept. 10

Jan. 23, 2019

 

 

  *Effective Jan. 13, 2018

 

 

Federal Individual Assistance ProgramFEMA logo

The federal Individual Assistance Program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is activated when a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance is made. Generally, affected counties have 60 days from the date the declaration is made to apply for assistance with FEMA.

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Federal Individual Assistance is made available to homeowners, renters and businesses and can include grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other aid programs. Individuals may also be eligible for other needs assistance including medical and dental expenses and replacement of essential personal property such as furniture, clothing and some appliances. Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) may also be available to cover residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance. Grants do not have to be repaid, but loans from the SBA must be repaid.

 

Factors considered when the State makes an application for federal Individual Assistance

Under the Stafford Act, the following factors are considered when measuring the severity, magnitude and impact of a disaster and to evaluate the need for assistance to individuals:

  1. Concentration of damage.
  2. Trauma.
  3. Special populations.
  4. Voluntary agency assistance.
  5. Insurance.
  6. Average amount of individual assistance by State. There is no set threshold for recommending Individual Assistance, but the following averages may prove useful to States and voluntary agencies as they develop plans and programs to meet the needs of disaster victims.

Average Amount of Individual Assistance per Disaster
for Medium States (Population of 2-10 million)
from July 1994 to 1999*

Average Population (1990 census data)

4,713,548

Number of Disaster Housing Applications Approved

2,747

Number of Homes Estimated with Major Damage or Destroyed

582

Dollar Amount of Housing Assistance

$4.6 million

Number of Individual and Family Grant Applications Approved

1,377

Dollar Amount of Individual and Family Grant Assistance

$2.9 million

Disaster Housing/IFG Combined Assistance

$7.5 million

 

Click here for a PDF of this portion of the Code of Federal Regulations.

 

At this time, there are no counties where the federal Individual Assistance program is currently available.

 

 

*From the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 44, Chapter 1, Subchapter D, Part 206 (206.48), 10-1-10 edition. The three high and three low disasters, based on Disaster Housing Applications, are not considered in the averages. Number of Damaged/Destroyed Homes is estimated based on the number of owner-occupants who qualify for Eligible Emergency Rental Resources. Data source is FEMA's National Processing Service Centers. Data are only available from July 1994 to the present. Medium Size States (2-10 million population, listed in order of 1990 population): Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi, Iowa, Oregon, Oklahoma, Connecticut, Colorado, South Carolina, Arizona, Kentucky, Alabama, Louisiana, Minnesota, Maryland, Washington, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Missouri, Indiana, Massachusetts, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, New Jersey, Michigan. Puerto Rico.

 

 

Photo of a woman with her hand to her head.Crisis Counseling

The Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program is available to Iowans through the Iowa Department of Human Services at 1-800-447-1985. Also, find information online about coping with/recovering from disasters, including brochures for teens and children, older adults, and emergency responders.

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Iowa Disaster Behavioral Response Team (DBHRT) are trained volunteers who can mobilize resources to provide post-disaster mental health services statewide. The goal of Iowa DBHRT is to provide an organized response to individual victims, family members, volunteers, responders, survivors, or the community affected by critical incidents or disasters. Local authorities may request Iowa DBHRT assistance to meet the behavioral health needs of communities in crisis by contacting the HSEMD duty officer at any time by phone at (515) 725-3231 or email.

 

Visit the DBHRT website.

 

 

 

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Iowa Workforce Development logoAfter a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance, certain Iowans may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits under the federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Program.

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Disaster Unemployment Assistance extends income compensation to self-employed civilians, farm workers, individuals who have worked for only a few weeks, and others who have lost earned income or whose income has been interrupted as a result of a major disaster declared by the President of the United States. The benefits cover those usually not entitled to unemployment insurance. Claims are handled by Iowa Workforce Development.

 

In addition to assistance filing a DUA claim, Iowa Workforce Development Centers offer reemployment services, including testing, counseling and placement. Job search and career information also is available IWD's website.

 

At this time, there is no Disaster Unemployment Assistance available for Iowans.