Utility bill assistance available for Iowa renters
March 29. 2021 - Last week, Governor Reynolds announced a new program designed to assist eligible Iowans who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and need assistance with rent and utility bills. The Iowa Rent and Utility Assistance Program will provide rent and/or utility assistance for up to 12 months.
Funded by the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, the Iowa Rent and Utility Assistance Program is administered by the Iowa Finance Authority. Eligible renters can receive financial assistance with past due electricity, gas, propane, fuel oil, water, sewer and/or trash removal bills incurred no earlier than March 13, 2020. Utility payments through the program will be made directly to utility providers and applied to the applicants’ accounts.
Full eligibility details for the Iowa Rent and Utility Assistance Program are available at https://link.edgepilot.com/s/b68def67/EiLT1fwegEahbD7ka47r1g?u=http://www.iowahousingrecovery.com/(link is external). The website includes an eligibility pre-check and answers to frequently asked questions. You can also call Iowa’s Utility Recovery Hotline at 515-348-8976 or 877-463-3269 for more information about this program.