Almost $9 million available for homeless shelters and Iowans 'at imminent risk' of eviction

Assistance goes directly to landlords, service providers

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds updates the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak during a Nov. 19 news conference in John
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds updates the state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak during a Nov. 19 news conference in Johnston, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Almost $9 million in funding from the federal CARES Act will be available for low-income Iowans “at imminent risk” of eviction, Iowans who already are evicted and to homeless shelter operations, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Friday.

Along with being at imminent risk of an eviction, a resident also must earn 50 percent or less of the area median income to be eligible. Anyone already homeless is eligible.

“The funds announced today will assist those at risk of eviction while also providing support to homeless shelters supporting Iowa’s homeless population at this critical time,” Reynolds said in a news release. “I appreciate the continued collaboration with our federal partners in support of the state’s pandemic response.”

The pandemic moratorium on evictions expires Dec. 31.

The funding is through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Emergency Solutions Grant program. Funding will go directly to the recipient’s landlord or service provider, according to a news release.

Several Corridor nonprofits received assistance in the most recent round of Emergency Solutions Grant allocations. In Linn County, five agencies — the Area Substance Abuse Council, Catherine McAuley Center, Hawkeye Area Community Action Program, Waypoint and Willis Dady Homeless Services — received grants ranging from $35,500 to $1.2 million. The city of Cedar Rapids also received $150,000.

In Johnson County, Shelter House received $802,880, and the Domestic Violence Intervention Program received $419,864.

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