West Des Moines Offers Help to People Experiencing Job Loss from Pandemic

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - The city of West Des Moines has a program in place for residents who've experienced financial problems during the pandemic.

The city is using federal money from the CARES Act to help lower and middle income people who are facing eviction, foreclosure or utility shut offs because of a job loss.

The program covers a single person who was making slightly under $50,000, and a family of four at just over $71,000.

It offers assistance to pay rent, mortgage or utility bills.

To apply for assistance call the West Des Moines Human Services Department at (515) 222-3660.

In order to qualify, applicants must meet all the following terms for eligibility:

  • The household must live within the city boundaries of the City of West Des Moines.
  • The household is unable to make rent/mortgage and utility payments specifically due to the effects of COVID-19. Household income and expenses will be reviewed to verify the household is unable to make the payments through other means. No payments from CDBG funds will be made for months prior to April 2020.
  • The head of household applying for assistance must be a citizen or national of the United States, or a noncitizen who has eligible immigration status.
  • Total household income must be less than 80% of the Area Median Income (see chart below). The household income will be verified based on the last 30 days of pay stubs, unemployment payments and bank statements.

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