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Find help with rent in Linn County Iowa.

Short term rent assistance can help struggling Linn County residents stay in their home or apartment. Agencies provide grants or cash loans for housing needs. The funds, when combined with shelter, rapid rehousing and homeless prevention, and other rental programs are effective at reducing homelessness in the Cedar Rapids Iowa area.

Note that several of the organizations only help veterans, their immediate family members, or people currently in the military. Other housing and rental assistance programs may only be for single mothers or those who are currently working. Each one of the agencies (whether charities or government affiliated) have their own application processes and funding levels. The amount of financial aid for paying rent, legal costs, energy bills, deposits or moving expenses is also limited.

Helping Hands Ministry
Office is at 601 Second Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
Dial (319) 366-2651, and leave a message.
Emergency support is given. This may be money for paying rent, utilities, and more. The charity also advocates for tenants and the poor, may give furniture for a home, and other assistance in addition to that rent help.

Willis Dady Homeless Services
1247 Fourth Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, IA, 52403
(319) 651-8560
The non-profit gives referrals. Families, including, the disabled, and anyone on the verge of homelessness will get matched to financial or legal aid. This may be government grants for paying rent, landlord or foreclosure mediation services, pro-bono legal aid, or homeless prevention and rapid rehousing programs.




The Freedom Foundation
Location is 609 Center Point Road NE
Cedar Rapids, IA, 52402
(319) 826-2010
Only veterans can get help. Rent, heating or utility bills, job placement and more. Payments are made to landlords or utility companies.

Iowa Legal Aid
317 7th Ave SE #404
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Phone: (319) 364-6108
Tenants and homeowners can get free legal aid to fight evictions, foreclosures, and other housing concerns.

Hawkeye Area Community Action Program
1515 Hawkeye Drive
Hiawatha, Iowa, 52233
Main number is (800) 332-5289
The housing program is known as HACAP's Supportive Services for Veterans.

Linn County Offices - General Assistance
Linn County Community Services Building, 1240 26th Avenue Court SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 52404
Main number is (319) 892-5850
Many government/public aid programs are available as long as basic needs. There are funds for apartment rents, homes, or lot rents. Other GA money is for utilities, food, mortgage interest payments, gas, and more. Veterans can get help in applying for compensation for their services and pension programs.

Salvation Army of Cedar Rapids
Location is 1000 C Avenue NW
Cedar Rapids, IA, 52405
Call (319) 364-9131
Rent payment assistance is provided to the needy. Find additional housing and rent programs from Linn County Salvation Army.

Proteus, Inc.
Englewood Center, 1221 Center Street, Suite 16
Des Moines, Iowa, 50309
Applicants need to be seasonal or migrant farm workers. Call (800) 372-6031.







Waypoint Services for Women, Children and Families - Rapid Re-Housing Program
Main address is 318 Fifth Street SE
Cedar Rapids, IA, 52401
Main number is (319) 366-7999
The homeless or people facing eviction can get help. This includes referrals to housing support programs, low interest loans to pay rent or security deposits, transitional housing, and more.

Linn County and Iowa Finance Authority
Location is 2015 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA, 50312
(800) 432-7230
Various housing programs are administered. There is HUD section 8 vouchers for rent. A Military Homeowner Assistance Program is offered. There is also TakeCredit, low cost loans for closing costs, and more. They also administer the Iowa Mortgage Help program.

Linn County transitional housing and shelters

  • Mission of Hope houses Men. There is shelter, house jobs/employment, food, and more. Eventual placement into an affordable apartment is the goal too. 211 Park Court SE, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52403. Call  (319) 366-7999.
  • Willis Dady Homeless Services - 1247 Fourth Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52403. Telephone - (319) 362-7555
  • The Freedom Foundation,  609 Center Point Road NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 52402. Call (319) 826-2010

By Jon McNamara

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