A state program designed to help people recover from last year’s disasters is getting to the end of its resources.
Department of Human Services spokesman Roger Munns says it’s called the “Unmet Needs Disaster Grants Program,” and was approved by the legislature and the program is designed to help low or moderate-income people to cover damage or other needs caused by last year’s storms and floods.
Munns says over 3000 households have been helped by the program, but the funds are starting to run out.
They started with $7.85 million and all but 1.5 million has been spent. The deadline for applying for the remaining funds has been set at October 16.
Munns says the money can cover a variety of needs. For example, he says if you’ve already spent money on disaster-related expenses, then you can bring in your receipts and get reimbursed. The program also allows you to get an estimate and obtain a voucher for payment
Munns says with the deadline getting closer, you’re asked to have everything lined up when you apply for the assistance. The first call to make is to the “Iowa Concern Hotline” at 1-800-447-1985 or go to the Rebuild Iowa Office Web site at: www.rio.iowa.gov. Click on “Disaster Recovery Case Management” tab to make an appointment with your local Long-Term Recovery Committee to see about your eligibility for the funds.
Applications that qualify will be awarded funds on a first-come, first-serve basis until the money is no longer available.