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Muscatine County assistance programs.

The Community Action of Eastern Iowa helps over 25,000 families each year by providing them short term assistance, and also offering them programs that lead to self-sufficiency. They are the agency that serves the Iowa counties of Muscatine, Cedar, Clinton, and Scott.

One of the programs they offer is the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. This is for low income households that need help paying heating or utility bills. The program will assist both homeowners and renters who live in Muscatine County and it was created to pay a portion of a household’s winter heating costs. Last year nearly 1,700 households received some type of assistance in Muscatine County alone.

They also administer the weatherization program, which provides homeowners with free energy saving improvements and upgrades to their homes. For more information on the LIHEAP program or to apply for aid, interested persons should contact Community Action of Eastern Iowa, which is located at 148 Colorado Street in Muscatine.

The agency provides the less fortunate, seniors, and low income with other support as well. Examples of these programs may include free food for children and seniors from CACFP. In a crisis, emergency financial assistance can be issued for paying costs such as rent or energy bills. Other programs in Muscatine County Iowa from the community action agency may be Chore Services for seniors and the disabled, free food pantries, and summertime cooling bill assistance.

Case managers also focus on coordinating self-sufficiency, and this may be job training for the unemployed or budgeting type sessions for the general public. The non-profit offers both short term, crisis aid and long term stability services. Dial 563-886-3191, or more on Community Action Eastern Iowa assistance programs.

Housing, rent, and utility help in Muscatine Iowa

The Muscatine Salvation Army offers many social services. The non-profit is a resource that offers both spiritual and social counseling to the low income and unemployed, among others. Services provided by the local Salvation Army to Muscatine County residents include utility and heating bill assistance, emergency food pantry, counseling, children's character building classes, rent assistance, and a free meal program. They also partner with food banks in Iowa. Dial (563) 263-8272.





Patients and people with medical or dental needs can get free dental and medical care too. Contact the Good Samaritan clinic at (309) 755-9400. The center offers qualified individuals free primary medical care as well as dental assistance (including x-ray and limited lab) to low income or uninsured patients ages 16-64 who are working but have no medical or dental insurance. Patients are seen by nurse practitioners, volunteer physicians, dentists, and physician assistants.

The Salvation Army also has social services (by appointment only) in the Muscatine County area. There are summer camps, a food pantry for free groceries or baby formula, and the possibility of financial aid. Whether it is a loan or grant for paying bill or rent, case management services, holiday help, or other aid some support may be offered.

The Christian faith church helps people of all backgrounds. Many households with kids or seniors also get assistance. Resources are limited, and the charity also needs volunteers as well as donations. Read Muscatine County Salvation Army.

Dyersville Food Pantry is a nearby food bank for low income residents. They offer some form of assistance to anyone, regardless of income. Call (563) 875-7413.




By Jon McNamara

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