Governor Reynolds allocated federal CARES Act funds to assist Iowans who had been economically impacted by COVID-19 and were facing housing hardships. The program provided short-term relief to income-eligible renters and homeowners who were at risk of eviction or foreclosure.
THE APPLICATION PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED.
The number of Iowa renters and homeowners who have been assisted through the COVID-19 Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention program was last updated Nov. 30, 2020.See the updated numbers
If you are at imminent risk of eviction or foreclosure and need legal assistance, Iowa Legal Aid may be able to assist you at no cost.
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The application period is now closed.
Once an application is approved and the landlord verification is received, a single, one-time payment will be issued directly to the landlord or mortgage servicer.
Before a landlord can receive a rental payment, they must certify that they will not evict the household for nonpayment for the months of assistance received through the COVID-19 Iowa Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program.
In order for an application for eviction prevention assistance to be approved, the landlord must complete the online verification to certify the rental information on the application is correct, provide further details and certify that they agree to the terms of the assistance. If your landlord does not submit the certification within ten days of the date of your application submission, the application will be denied.
Yes, you may apply for rental assistance if you live with one or more roommates, but you can only be awarded funding to assist with that portion of the rent payment for which you are personally responsible.
Please do not submit another application since duplicate applications will only slow the review process. Instead, email the housing recovery team explaining the error and providing the correct information. Be sure to include your first and last name and complete address in the email and enter the subject line of your email as “EFP APPLICATION CORRECTION.”
IFA has contracted with partner organizations to provide administrative support under the program and may contact applicants to request follow-up information.
Tenants are strongly encouraged to communicate their inability to pay any or all their rent to their landlord as soon as they know that to be the case and to notify their landlord they have submitted an Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program application. Before your application for eviction prevention assistance can be approved, your landlord must complete the required certification and agree to the terms of assistance within ten days of the tenant’s application, so it is in your interest to notify your landlord of your application submission.
No, an application is not a guarantee of assistance. Eligible applicants will receive assistance if funding is available. Complete applications are reviewed on a first come, first ready to proceed basis. Only fully completed applications that provide all required documentation will be reviewed for eligibility.
Applicants who receive a notice of incomplete application with instructions to provide missing information must successfully provide all necessary information to move their application forward. Funding will not be reserved for incomplete applications. Applicants who fail to provide all required information or are found ineligible based on the program’s requirements will not receive assistance.
Landlords must also complete the required certification and agree to the terms of assistance. Failure by a landlord to complete the required certification and agree to the terms of assistance within ten days of the tenant’s application will result in the denial of the application. Applications that could be considered eligible may not receive assistance if funding is no longer available under the program based on demand.
The EFP program funds cannot be used to pay delinquent property taxes. There is, however a moratorium on penalties and interest on property taxes until June 26, 2020.
There are relief programs such as property tax credit, suspension, or abatement for Iowans who are elderly or disabled, more information is available here.
You may also check with your local tax authority to see if there is any relief available.
Iowa Small Business Relief Grants have been granted state tax exemption by the Iowa legislature. More information will be forthcoming as guidance becomes available in regard to state taxes for other COVID-19 relief programs. Please reference the Internal Revenue Service Guidance for information on federal taxes as they relate to COVID-19 relief funds.