Programs (Disaster Assistance)

Programs (Disaster Assistance)


To apply for the Iowa Individual Assistance Program or the Iowa Disaster Case Management Program visit your local Community Action Agency.


Current Disaster Updates:

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Disaster Programs Overview

When the Governor releases a proclamation of disaster activating the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program, it activates the Community Action Agencies serving the disaster-affected county(ies) to provide Disaster Case Management services.  Please see the training that provides an overview of Iowa Community Action Agencies and their role during times of state and federally declared disasters. Please click here for the training.


Disaster Case Management includes time-limited services to eligible households to develop and carry out a Disaster Recovery Plan, providing guidance, advice, and referral in obtaining a service, or assisting in obtaining resources from various providers that address a serious need essential to the Household to prevent, mitigate, or overcome a disaster-related hardship, injury, or adverse condition.

Disaster Case Managers serve as a primary point of contact, assisting the household in coordinating necessary services and resources to address the client’s complex disaster recovery needs in order to re-establish normalcy. Disaster Case Managers rely on the client to play an active or lead role in their recovery.


The Iowa Individual Disaster Assistance Grant Program (IIAGP) offers grants to families whose household’s annual income is at 200% or less of the federal poverty level.  Each qualifying household may receive up to $5,000.00. To view eligible items, see the IIAGP/IDCM Rules.

The IIAGP is activated when the Governor issues a disaster proclamation turning on IIAGP for the affected counties in the disaster declaration.

The grant application may be download by clicking on Iowa Disaster Assistance Application.  Applications must be turned in to a local Community Action Association by the application deadline, Click Here to find your local agency.

Below is more information from the Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS):



Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) helps families with a limited income rent safe, sanitary housing in Iowa. TBRA helps provide payments to make up the difference between the amount the household can afford to pay for housing and the local rent standards. TBRA can also assist with other housing costs, such as security and utility deposits. Iowa Community Action Agencies implement the TBRA program with funding
from the Iowa Finance Authority.

Program Eligibility

Household income must be at or below 80% of the area median income (AMI). The level of TBRA subsidy varies and is based upon the income of the household, the particular unit the household selects and the local rent standard

TBRA assists individual households, rather than subsidizing particular rental projects. Eligible rental units must meet local housing codes and standards and Section 8 Housing Quality Standards (HQS).

To find out if this program is available in your area, contact your local agency.