EMBRACE IOWA

Shelter & Health Assistance

APPS ARE NO LONGER BEING TAKEN FOR THE 2019-2020 EMBRACE IOWA PROGRAM.  THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS IN REGARD TO THIS YEAR’S PROGRAM AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.  PLEASE CHECK BACK IN NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020 FOR NEW PROGRAM INFORMATION.

2019-2020 Embrace Iowa applications are being taken from November 25, 2019, through January 31, 2020, at SCICAP’s five county outreach centers.  The outreach center locations are listed under the “Locations” tab of website.  The program is funded entirely by donations through partnership with the Des Moines Register and are distributed by ICAA to the community action agencies throughout Iowa to assist eligible households.  All funds are distributed to households, so the number assisted varies from year to year.  Households at or below 200% of the federal HHS 2019 poverty guidelines can apply at their local county outreach office.  Only one application can be filled out per household with $500 maximum and priority given to first time applicants.  Documentation of need must be included with the application including a cost estimate or bill for request and the client must be unable to access funds for the request through any other program or source.  Assistance requested may include rent, utilities, medical expenses (including pharmacy, dental and corrective lenses), appliances such as washers/dryers/cook stoves/refrigerator, beds, car repairs, furniture, home repairs, household items, clothing.  Embrace Iowa money can’t be used to assist families with purchasing motor vehicles due to liability reasons.  In addition, these funds are not intended to be used for Christmas gifts or food nor approved.

Donations may be made online at www.crowdrise.com/embraceiowa; sent to ICAA at 1620 Pleasant Street, Suite 214, Des Moines, IA 50314; or the local community action agency (SCICAP) with checks notated for Embrace Iowa.  

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