Mitchell, Cerro Gordo, Worth, Winneshiek Counties Receive Governor Disaster Proclamation
Mitchell, Cerro Gordo, Worth and Winneshiek are among seven north Iowa counties included in Governor Kim Reynolds’ disaster proclamation issued Wednesday for areas impacted by Tuesday’s severe weather.
The move activates state resources to assist qualifying residents in those counties, plus, Hancock, Humboldt and Pocahontas counties, through the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program as well as the Disaster Case Management Program.
The Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and temporary housing expenses. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website at https://dhs.iowa.gov/disaster-assistance-programs. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim.
The Disaster Case Management Program addresses serious needs related to disaster-related hardship, injury, or adverse conditions. 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.