Jasper County Iowa assistance programs.

Find help with rent, utility bills, weatherization services, food aid, and more. The Red Rock Area Community Action Agency administers several programs for local residents. They are a non profit organization that coordinates services, access to other charities and programs and they have their own direct services when necessary to meet the basic needs of the low income and economically disadvantaged, elderly, and other people who are struggling.

The resources they offer include :

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program - The federal government created this program, which provides grants to help people pay winter heating bills and will also prevent people from having their service turned off.

Rent Help and Homeless Prevention - Apply for one-time rent assistance, security deposits, utility bill payment, or even credit counseling. The goal is to do whatever it takes to keep individuals or families in their homes. It is a program that tries to keep people in their homes, as it is easier to ensure that happens than to provide help to the homeless. Find additional ways to get out of debt. Read more.

Food Pantry - Provides free food staples and aid to families in emergency situations. The Red Rock center will also have details on government benefits such as SNAP food stamps.

Emergency Crisis Intervention - Assistance and funds that are used for the repair and/or replacement of furnaces. The program provides grants for the purchase of heaters, fans, blankets, air conditioners, and water heaters.

Emergency Utility, Heating and Rent Assistance - Low and moderate income people can get assistance with dealing with eviction notices and utility disconnects through direct payments to either a landlord or vendor.





Low-cost Weatherization - Federal government funded program that will install free plastic, caulking, window repairs, weather stripping to help reduce heating and cooling costs and expenses.

They are located at 115 N. 2nd Ave. E., in Newton, Iowa. Stop by to learn more or apply, or you can call them at 641-792-3008 . They are committed to helping Jasper County families and individuals. A number of other services are available as well. Click more information.

MICA (Mid-Iowa Community Action) is another regional non-profit. Most of what they will provide is referrals to government sponsored programs. As examples of what may be provided to clients, the following is offered.

  • Head Start is for child development.
  • MICA is involved on job and employment programs in Jasper County and the region.
  • The non-profit can provide referrals to financial aid, ranging from Emergency Food and Shelter for paying rent to TBRA, which is income based housing.
  • Other support may be food, loans, information on local security deposit assistance programs, and more. Find more information.



By Jon McNamara

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