Rental Assistance Programs: When assisting with rent we focus on two areas, either preventing individuals from becoming homeless or rehousing individuals that are currently homeless:
Homeless Prevention (Must be at risk of being homeless)
To meet the criteria for the program you must have at least one of the documents listed below:
- 1. Written Documentation from Landlord of intent to evict (Text Messages or Verbal notices are not acceptable)
- 2. Must have written rental agreement between you and your landlord (verbal agreements are not acceptable)
- 3. If you are exiting a treatment facility or halfway house, you must provide documentation of the date you are due to exit the facility.
- 4. Documentation that your residence has been Red Tagged
- 5. Documentation of Foreclosure
- 6. Provide Social security cards from everyone in the household
Rehousing (Must be homeless)
To meet the criteria for the program you must show documentation that you:
- 1. Reside in a shelter
- 2. Reside in transitional housing (this does not include treatment facilities or a halfway house)
- 3. Live in a place not meant for human habitation
- 4. Must be able to provide documentation from an outside agency on that specific situation.
- 5. Provide Social Security cards for everyone in the household
In addition to providing the documentation listed above you will also need to provide proof of all household income for the last 90 day. If you recently began working and have not yet received a paycheck you will need to get a written letter from your employer stating your start date, rate of pay and the number of hours you work/week. If you received Social Security Benefits, FIP, Unemployment, Child Support or any other government benefits you must bring proof of income with you. We do not have access to look up these documents for you. If you are seeking assistance with first month’s rent or deposit you cannot have moved in or signed a lease prior to coming in for assistance.
Other Agency Programs
Sponsored by MidAmerican Energy, we administer the ICARE program. MidAmerican customers make a donation to help others pay a portion of their heating bills; 25% of the donation is matched by MidAmerican. We distribute the contributions to those in need of help with their energy bill.
Our Community Services Department is our first point of contact for people who come to us for help. The Community Action Agency of Siouxland began administering the General Assistance program for the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors in August 2003. Households receiving help from the General Assistance program must be at or below 100% of Federal Poverty guidelines. The program can assist families with a portion of heating or water utilities, burials, medical expenses, rent or mortgage payments, bus tokens, cab fare or a one way bus ticket.
Angel Cars is an initiative to refurbish and distribute donated autos for the sole purpose of liberating and empowering single parents that are lacking accessible transportation by giving them ownership of their own vehicles.
Employees of the Community Action Agency of Siouxland contribute to the WeCare program that allows us to help families with emergencies. We often get requests for assistance that the programs we administer aren’t designed to assist with. The WeCare program allows us to help someone that needs just a little extra help.
Support Siouxland Soldiers
We are the fiscal agent for Support Siouxland Soldiers. We assist the organization in processing applications for veterans that are homeless or on the brink of becoming homeless by providing assistance with rent, mortgage and utility payments.
The Des Moines Register operates the Embrace Iowa campaign. The paper publishes a series of articles that feature low-income families. Donations are distributed to the 18 Community Action Agencies in Iowa.
Holiday gifts & special projects
Through generous donations from churches, businesses, schools and individuals the Community Action Agency is able to provide clients with a merrier Christmas. Children are provided with toys while some families receive all the food needed to provide a wonderful Christmas or Thanksgiving meal.
Garden of Love (garden seeds)
Interfaith Resources collects and donates packages of garden seeds to our agency each spring. These seeds are made available to anyone that would like them to plant their own flower and vegetable gardens.
Participate in Up From the Earth
Up from the Earth is a voluntary system for connecting excess produce from home gardens to people in need. The program encourages home gardeners to "grow an extra row" and facilitates the gathering and distribution of excess fruits and veggies to those in need through existing food pantries. The Community Action Agency's George J. Williams Memorial Food Bank is one of the food pantries that receives food from the Up From The Earth program.
Federal money for the Energy Crisis Intervention Program allows us to assist people at or below 150 percent of poverty. We can help by providing furnace repairs or replacements, by weatherizing homes or other necessary energy related items.