Johnson County's Direct Assistance Program provides one-time, financial assistance to eligible residents who have suffered hardship due to COVID-19. Applications opened on Monday, April 25, 2022 at 12 p.m. and closed on Friday, May 27, 2022 at 2 p.m. The application appeal process is active between Monday, June 13 at 12 p.m. and Thursday, June 23 at 2 p.m. Please check your email for more information about your application status.
Eligible residents who are low- to moderate-income with documented hardship due to COVID-19 could apply for a $1,400 emergency relief payment. 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.
- 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.
4. Check your Email
Applicants will be notified of their eligibility and selection for payment with the email submitted in their application. Please check email for updates on the status of your application.
5. If Required, Submit Appeal Information
Applications were notified of their eligibility status by email on June 13, 2022. Please check your email for more information.
- Application Clinics
Johnson County hosted three in-person clinics to help residents complete applications on Thursday, May 5 and Friday, May 13 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. as well as Thursday, May 26 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. in room 203B/C at the Johnson County Health and Human Services Building, 855 S. Dubuque Street Iowa City.
Johnson County staff is available for appeal assistance in room 214 at the Johnson County Health and Human Services Building, 855 S. Dubuque Street Iowa City.
- Tuesday June 14 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Wednesday June 15 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Thursday June 16 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Tuesday June 21 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Wednesday June 22 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Thursday June 23 9 a.m.to 12 p.m.
You can also contact Johnson County at [email protected] or 319-688-5988 between the hours of 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.
- Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible, applicants must demonstrate:
- Residency in Johnson County, Iowa since March 1, 2020
- 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
- One or more of the following COVID-19 impacts:
- 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)
- 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.
The template letter of annual income for your employer is available here:
- Household Size
- Selection Process
- Applications are accepted from April 25−May 27, 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 received email notification of application determination on June 13, 2022. Applicants deemed ineligible will have until June 23, 2022 at 2 p.m. to submit an appeal.
- 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. The application window is now closed for new applicants. Applicants are required to create an account in Johnson County's application portal. Applications were open from April 25, 2022 at 12 p.m. to May 27, 2022 at 2 p.m. Any applications submitted after the application closed will not be accepted.
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.
5. If required, submit an appeal. All applicants received email notification of application determination on June 13, 2022. Applicants deemed ineligible will have until June 23, 2022 at 2 p.m. to submit an appeal.
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 applications are not accepted.
The application is open from Monday, April 25, 2022 at 12 p.m. until Monday, May 27 at 2 p.m. If you need assistance, please email [email protected] or call 319-356-6000.
- Why Was My Application Determined Ineligible?
Each application was reviewed for eligibility based on four criteria: identity, residency, income, and COVID-19 impacts. All applicants received an email on June 13, 2022 with an initial determination of eligibility. Any application found ineligible on any of the four criteria will have a reason explaining the determination.
If you need further assistance, please contact Johnson County at [email protected] or 319-688-5988 between the hours of 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.
- How Do I Submit an Appeal?
All applicants received email notification of application determination on June 13, 2022. Applicants deemed ineligible will receive an email with a link to their submitted application. Applicants can submit an appeal until June 23, 2022 at 2 p.m.
To resubmit appeal information, please log in to the account page using the log in information used to create an account. In the middle of the account page, applicants will see a link to the application generated for resubmission. Click on the link to revise the application and resubmit it for review.
- I'm Resubmitting my Application and I Don't See My Documents
When applicants revise their application during the appeal window, the application will have all the information submitted in the original application except the attached documentation. Johnson County has all the documents previously submitted, but the application portal requires new uploads. Please upload required documentation in order to resubmit.
- 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 Direct Assistance Program partners and can provide application assistance to residents:
- Room 214 855 S. Dubuque St. Iowa City, IA 52240
- Days/times of assistance:
- Tuesday June 14 12-4 p.m.
- Wednesday June 15 12-4 p.m.
- Thursday June 16 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
- Tuesday June 21 12-4 p.m.
- Wednesday June 22 12-4 p.m.
- Thursday June 23 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
- 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].