Many families and individuals need help with paying bills, especially in today’s challenging economy. The Community Action of Eastern Iowa is a local non-profit agency that has several resources for Scott County and Davenport families. The options include those listed below.
There are a number of programs, services, and options for people who are facing a crisis with some of their bills and expenses, such as utility bills and their rent. The Community Action of Eastern Iowa agency manages several different local utility company customer contribution funds to assist those households experiencing emergency energy needs such as a disconnect notice or a loss of heating service. Staff from the agency will work closely with the family as well as local utility and gas companies to assist families with coming up a solution to their bills, including setting up payment agreements.
In addition, rental assistance grants may be available during certain times of the year to assist households experiencing a rental crisis. Funding is limited for rent help. Contact them regarding the availability of emergency assistance and whether funding exists. Click here to learn more.
The community action agency also provides free air conditioners and fans, when available, to the most vulnerable individuals. This would include seniors in particular who have a medical condition, or if they are experiencing health problems that make air conditioning a "medical necessity" to staying healthy.
This is the federal government funded Energy Bill Assistance program that was created to help struggling and needy families pay for a portion of their winter heating expenses. Households that are approved and enroll for the Energy Assistance program will receive a one time cash grant payment that is to be used on their heating bills. The program runs each and every year from October 1st - April 30th.
The community action agency also administers this program. Weatherization will install, for free, energy conserving updates to people homes. This can include insulation, caulking, heater tune ups and repairs, and more. The updates are free to the homeowner, and they can help them save hundreds of dollars per year on their heating bills.
Stop by the Community Action of Eastern Iowa 500 at East 59th St., Davenport, Iowa 52807-2623. Or call them at (563) 324-3236. For more details, read here.
United Neighbors, Inc. is a non-profit for the region. They may have funds or referrals as a last resort in a crisis. It may be money for rent, heating bills, or maybe medications. Loans or direct financial aid may be issued to qualified low income families, as funding allows. The main phone number is (563) 322-7363. Or stop by the center at 808 Harrison St., Davenport.
Salvation Army of the Quad Cities offers numerous resources. It includes a free food pantry, emergency funds for needs such as rent or deposits, and holiday assistance. A thrift store may have clothing for work or school supplies for children. Social workers can direct clients to programs such as food stamps or LIHEAP as well. Dial the Davenport center at (563) 324-4808, or find more on Scott County Salvation Army.
Family Services - Friendly House may have basic needs such as clothing or personal hygiene items. The Scott County charity also offers gasoline vouchers, arranges day care for children, and can provide clothing and emergency help. They also provide services to senior citizens in the region. Other support is also provided. Telephone (563) 323-1821. The office is at 1221 Myrtle Street, Davenport Iowa, or learn more.
Food pantries and soup kitchens can feed the hungry and homeless. Many of the sites are based at churches, but there are other non-profit run centers as well. Not only may a pantry provide a box of groceries, but there can also be free Christmas or Thanksgiving meals or hygiene items for families living in poverty.
There are locations such as River Bend (phone (563) 345-6490), City Center Ministry (dial (563) 332-5002) or several pantries from the Churches United. Each charity will try not to turn a struggling family away if they need food. Find the main food pantries in Scott County.
Eviction and foreclosure prevention programs assist tenants, the homeless, and homeowners in Scott County. The goal is to both keep the family in their current home or apartment as well as ensure that if they go homeless, that timeframe is minimized. Everything from free legal aid to motel vouchers, security deposit help, applications to emergency LIHEAP, and much more is available. Read Scott County homeless prevention.
These sites may offer a place to stay as well as case management from a social worker. Other support in Scott County Iowa may be free food, meals, or basic needs such as clothing. The transitional husing programs provide individuals time to gain self-sufficiency.
Humility of Mary Shelter, is for single men or women. Call (563) 322-8065
Rescue Mission, Christian Care -Rock Island, (309) 786-5734. In addition to a shelter, clients can get clothing, food, and information on government benefits.
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