Rent & Utility Assistance
,,Good Neighbor Emergency Assistance Inc. has funding to assist Story County Households with rent and/or utility payments in case of crisis or emergency.
We are glad to announce that we are collaborating with Story County Community Services (SCCS) and other Story County Agencies (Salvation Army, MICA, The Bridge Home) for a single entry application process. This means you only have to apply to ONE agency, ONE time, and get ONE set of documents for your application. Please contact SCCS if you are in need of Rent or Utility Assistance. You can contact them by:
Assistance amounts vary depending on household size, individual situations, and Good Neighbor’s availability of funds. If your financial situation has been impacted by Covid19, please apply with the Iowa Finance Authority or the City of Ames. These two resources are helping with up to 4 – 12 months of rent, or utilities. Apply online:
Ames Residents Only, apply at City of Ames: https://www.cityofames.org/Home/Components/News/News/5819/2106
All Iowa residents may apply at Iowa Finance Authority:
Nearly 40 million people in the United States live in poverty, according to the annual reporting of income, poverty, and health insurance data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The data reveal a small and not statistically significant decline in the poverty rate, from 12.7 percent in 2016 to 12.3 percent in 2017.
~ September 2018 Food Research and Action Center, Washington, D.C.
Just like millions of people across the United States, many residents of Story County live near or below the national poverty level which is about $25,100 for a family of four. Households in our communities are forced to make hard decisions between paying rent and utilities on time or buying groceries or medication and medical care for family members.
In collaboration with other Story County Public and Private Human Service Agencies, we coordinate to provide rental and utility assistance to households in crisis situations.
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