Over $500,000 in federal funds is being provided to the city of Dubuque Iowa to provide rent help and assistance with paying utility bills. The majority of the funds have been allocated to the Project Concern organization because the organization an existing renter's assistance infrastructure in place, and they can quickly direct aid to those who need it most.
Through the Project Concern organization ((563) 588-3980), families or individuals in Dubuque County who fall under one of two categories are eligible to apply for various types of assistance. the categories are: those who are in housing but are at risk of becoming homeless, and also those who are currently homeless who need rent or housing low income assistance in order to obtain shelter.
The money paid to families in Dubuque will go towards paying rent, utilities, security deposits, case management, legal services, moving expenses, and even credit repair and counseling. The aid provided can be for either short-term assistance of three months or for longer term assistance of to 18 months. Find additional credit repair programs.
A local organization offers a multitude of services. Last year, the People In Need program, which is also known as PIN, had an increase of 20% in the number of people seeking help, according to the Dubuque Area Congregations United (DACU) in 2009.
Dubuque Area Congregations United is an informal but active association of synagogues, local churches, and religious institutions that offer assistance to people in need. The group saw the need for specific, targeted financial help and aid to people after its members fielded unmet requests for emergency aid through their congregations.
Hundreds of 102 households receive help from PIN, and example of how they can help includes:
Rental assistance, help for energy bills, food aid, funds for prescriptions, and much more.
Families or individuals who need some emergency financial help or grants can go through a local social service agency or their local church for a referral to PIN.
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