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Johnson County's Direct Assistance Program provides one-time, financial assistance to eligible residents who have suffered hardship due to COVID-19. Applications open on Monday, April 25, 2022 at 12 p.m. and close on Monday, May 23, 2022 at 12 p.m.

Eligible residents who are low- to moderate-income with documented hardship due to COVID-19 are invited to apply for a $1,400 emergency relief payment.

Applicants may apply online between April 25 at 12 p.m. and May 23 at 12 p.m. Because the number of applications may exceed available funds, recipients will be chosen by random selection. Applying for the program does not guarantee that you will receive assistance.

Program Information

Application Steps
1. Check your Eligibility
To be eligible, individuals must have resided in Johnson County, Iowa since March 1, 2020; and be at least 18 years of age or a legally emancipated minor; and demonstrate that they faced financial hardship from COVID-19; and have low- to moderate-income. 

2. Gather Required Documents
Applicants are required to upload documentation establishing identity, residency, and income.

3. Apply Online
Applications must be submitted online. The online application portal is accessible below.
 
Application Clinics

Johnson County is offering two in-person clinics to help residents complete applications on Thursday, May 5  and Friday, May 13 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. in room 203B/C at the Johnson County Health and Human Services Building, 855 S. Dubuque Street Iowa City. We encourage residents to make an appointment using the following link: https://calendly.com/direct-assistance-program/direct-assistance-program-application-clinic

Residents may also schedule an appointment by calling the clinic hotline between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at 319-688-5988. 

Walk-ins are welcome, but may experience wait times.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, applicants must demonstrate:

  1. Identity 
  2. Residency in Johnson County, Iowa since March 1, 2020
  3. Household annual income (2020 or 2021) at or below:
    • $45,370 for a household of one
    • $51,870 for a household of two
    • $58,370 for a household of three
    • $64,805 for a household of four
    • $70,005 for a household of five
    • $75,205 for a household of six
    • $80,405 for a household of seven
    • $85,605 for a household of eight
  4. One or more of the following COVID-19 impacts:
    • Unemployment 
    • Food insecurity
    • Housing insecurity
    • Exclusion from federal stimulus programs 
    • Qualification for one of the following programs:
      • Childcare Subsidies through the Child Care Development Fund Program (CCDF) or State Child Care Assistance
      • Family Investment Program (FIP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
      • Free- and Reduced-Price Lunch (NSLP) and/or School Breakfast (SBP) programs
      • Head Start and/or Early Head Start
      • Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (HAWKI) or Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
      • Johnson County General Assistance
      • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
      • Medicaid
      • Medicare Part D Low-Income Subsidies
      • Pell Grants
      • Section 8 Vouchers or HUD Subsidized Housing
      • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
      • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
      • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Accepted Documentation

Applicants are required to provide documentation of their identity, residency in Johnson County, and annual household income for 2020 or 2021.

For the list of accepted documentation, click here.

Para obtener una lista completa de la documentación aceptada, haga clic aquí.

Pour une liste complète des documents acceptés, cliquez ici.

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يرجى النقر هنا، للحصول على قائمة كاملة من الوثائق المقبولة.


The template letter of annual income for your employer is available here:
English

Spanish

French

Arabic

Swahili

 Household Size
Your household size is everyone who lives with you that you support financially. For example, two parents with two kids and a grandparent is a household of five. Your total income is the combined income of everyone who lives in your household and earns money. For example, if the mother earns $16,000 and the father earns $14,000, the total household income is $30,000. Anyone who lives with you, but is financially independent, is not a part of your household. For example, two people that share a house but pay their own bills separately.
Your household size is everyone who lives with you that you support financially. For example, two parents with two kids and a grandparent is a household of five. Your total income is the combined income of everyone who lives in your household and earns money. For example, if the mother earns $16,000 and the father earns $14,000, the total household income is $30,000. Anyone who lives with you, but is financially independent, is not a part of your household. For example, two people that share a house but pay their own bills separately.
Selection Process
  • Applications will be accepted from April 25−May 23, 2022.
  • Each resident can only submit one application. Intentionally submitting more than one application to the Direct Assistance Program may disqualify an individual from eligibility. If you noticed an error or you need to correct something in your application after submission, please email us at [email protected].
  • After the application deadline, applications will be reviewed and processed.
  • All applicants will receive email notification of application determination. Applicants deemed ineligible will have a week to appeal that determination.
  • Staff will randomly select from eligible applications and will issue payment until funds are exhausted. 
Assistance Amount

Selected applicants will receive a $1,400 check mailed to their Johnson County residence.

Apply Now

1. Begin an application. Applicants are required to create an account in Johnson County's application portal. Applications are open from April 25, 2022 at 12 p.m. to May 23, 2022 at 12 p.m. Any applications submitted after the application closes will not be accepted.

To begin an application in English, click here

Para empezar su aplicación en español, haga clic aqui

Pour démarrer une candidature en français, cliquez ici

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لبدء الاستمارة باللغة العربية، أنقر هنا. شكراً لك.

 

2. Resume an application.  Once you have started an application, you can access your saved and submitted applications in the application portal using this link.

 

3. Review your application. After you have submitted your application, you will receive an email confirming your application submission. If you notice any errors in your application, please contact us at [email protected] Do not submit multiple applications.

 

4. Monitor your email for updates on your application.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Apply?
You may use a mobile device or computer to submit your application online, which will be available in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, and Swahili. If you need the application to be translated into an additional language, please email [email protected] to request translation. Applicants must create an account with an email address and submit an application through the online portal. Supporting materials must be uploaded through the web portal. Public libraries in Johnson County provide computer workstations for public use. Paper application are not accepted. 

The application is open from Monday, April 25, 2022 at 12 p.m. until Monday, May 23 at 12 p.m. If you need assistance, please email [email protected] or call 319-356-6000.
How Do I Know if My Application is Submitted?

When you submit your application, you will be taken to the account page. You will see a red message that says, "Thank You! Your application has been submitted."

You will also receive an email to the address you used to create your account. Please check your spam filters. It will confirm receipt of your application and will include a copy of your entire application. If you notice any errors or need to update information, please contact us at [email protected]. Do not submit multiple applications.

If you have not received an email, you may not have submitted your application. To verify your application status, please log in to the account page. There you will see any applications that have been saved or submitted.

How Can I Get Help Completing an Application?

There is no fee to apply for the Direct Assistance Program or to receive application assistance. The following organizations are training Direct Assistance Program partners and can provide application assistance to residents:

Iowa City Public Library

Coralville Public Library

Center for Worker Justice

North Liberty Public Library

IC Compassion

North Liberty Community Pantry

Coralville Community Food Pantry

Please contact them for additional information.

Johnson County is offering two in-person clinics to help residents complete applications on Thursday, May 5 and Friday, May 13 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. in room 203B/C at the Johnson County Health and Human Services Building, 855 S. Dubuque Street, Iowa City. We encourage residents to make an appointment using the following link: https://calendly.com/direct-assistance-program/direct-assistance-program-application-clinic

Residents may also schedule an appointment by calling the clinic hotline between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at 319-688-5988. 

Walk-ins are welcome, but may experience wait times. 

How and When Will Payments be Released?

Selected applicants will receive a one-time, $1,400 check issued by Johnson County mailed to the address provided within the application.

Following the application deadline, review and processing may take six to eight weeks. The Direct Assistance Program is a new program, so timeframes are subject to change.

Are University of Iowa Students Eligible?

Only Johnson County residents are eligible for this program. Based on Iowa Code, someone who lives in Johnson County for the purpose of receiving services; residing in a hospital, correctional facility, halfway house, nursing facility, intermediate care facility; or for the purpose of attending a college or university is not considered a Johnson County resident.

Does This Program Provide Premium or Hazard Pay to Essential Workers?

No. This program provides financial relief to eligible residents who experienced negative economic impacts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, regardless of their work status.

How Do I Report Suspicious Activity?

All Direct Assistance Program application activities are free and open to eligible residents of Johnson County, IA. Application processes should be conducted through the Johnson County website. If someone charges you for application assistance or requests confidential information to help you complete an application, please notify Johnson County by calling 319-688-5988 or email [email protected].