Red Rock Area Community Action Program.

While a number of services and programs are overseen by the non-profit Red Rock Area Community Action Program, a major focus is on heating bill assistance, housing/rent help, and self-sufficiency. This is a leading organization to contact for referrals and assistance in the area. It supports families in Polk County (not including the City of Des Moines), Boone, Jasper, Marion, and Warren County.

Hundreds of local families will normally receive financial support for paying utility, heating, and energy bills. Dozens of others may save money on those costs from weatherization. Red Rock Area Community Action processes applications for both of these federal government funded resources.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program in Iowa (LIHEAP) is a grant program that can help low income and needy families pay their utilities. Most of the funding is used for paying gas and winter heating costs, however it also operates year round.

The crisis intervention component of LIHEAP is also available from the community action agency. Qualified low income households in Polk and Boone County can be provided immediate response to their crisis. Funds can help them pay their heating bills when they are faced with life-threatening situations. The Emergency Crisis Intervention may even offer limited amounts of assistance for repair/replacement of furnaces. Get help with purchasing heaters, blankets, fans and air conditioners, among other aid.

The demand for LIHEAP is very high nationally and in Iowa, and funding is limited. So apply early for help. Funds are issued first come and served.

The Red Rock Area Community Action Family Development & Self-Sufficiency provides advice, counseling, and related services to families that are facing multiple barriers to self-sufficiency. The  program provides qualified clients with free and comprehensive in-home services and counseling.

The program is managed by certified Family Development Specialists that partner with the community action agency. The FaDSS program can help reduce long term welfare dependency. Participants can benefit from credit counseling, job training, and other support services.




Saving money on heating bills in Iowa can often be key to making it through the winter. The Weatherization Assistance Program can provide long term, permanent savings to households. It will reduce the heating and even cooling costs for the elderly, low income persons, and the disabled in the service territory. It works by improving the energy efficiency of their homes.

Red Rock Area Community Action employs contractors to audit your home, determine what needs to be done, and then make improvements. A number of free improvements can be made to those that qualify. Workers perform a free energy audit and weatherize homes with extra insulation, caulking, inefficient appliance replacement and furnace repair and replacement.

Food pantries are located in the region, including Marion, Boone, and Polk County. The non-profit community action agency can offer details and referrals to the centers. Families can receive free groceries, canned goods, formula, and more when faced with a crisis.




Eviction prevention may be offered in the form of Emergency Utility Bill and Rent Assistance. If you are facing eviction from your home due to unpaid rent or maybe your landlord will evict you due to unpaid utilities, the the Red Rock Area Community Action Program may be able to help. They may issue direct payments to your landlord or utility company.

Medical care may be available from the hawk– i Program. Work with a case manager and get assistance with applications regarding no-cost/low-cost insurance for children. Also learn about Medicaid for uninsured and poor residents.

Other community action agency programs include transportation and public transit which is available to all residents of Warren County. Seniors can benefit from a chore service program, which is yard work, shoveling, repairs for elderly and disabled residents and also minor home maintenance.

Dial (515) 961-6271 to reach the Red Rock Area Community Action Program. The main office is at 1009 S. Jefferson, Indianola, Iowa 50125.



By Jon McNamara

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