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Assistance programs Scott County Iowa and Davenport.

Low income families can get financial help charities, churches or non-profits. Agencies offer money to pay rent or grants for paying utility or heating bills in Davenport and the county. There is also free health care from clinics as well as emergency food pantries for hot meals or free food and other support in Scott County. The financial aid is combined with services include free debt or foreclosure counseling, gasoline vouchers, job placement, and general case management in Davenport.

A number of Scott County Iowa charities are focused on helping the low income. There are also government assistance programs. Or residents can use national resources that are offered locally, even such help as legal aid, a list of websites for free stuff, medical billing advocates and so much more.

Financial resources and services that help with bills from Community Action

Many families and individuals need help with paying bills or access to long term social services. 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.

Crisis assistance

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 on rent subsidies.




Free air conditioners and fans

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.

Iowa Low Income Home Energy Assistance

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.

Weatherization assistance

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 more on resources from Community Action of Eastern Iowa.





Financial assistance for bills and housing in Scott County

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 free school supplies for children. Social workers can direct clients to programs such as SNAP food stamps or LIHEAP as well. Dial the Davenport center at (563) 324-4808 for details, or find more on Scott County Salvation Army.

Emergency rent or security deposit grants or loans are offered. Several agencies in the region (Davenport or Quad City) provide funds as well as support services such as legal aid, homeless shelter, supportive housing for the disabled and more. Continue to get help with rent in Davenport.

Family Services - Friendly House may have basic needs such as free 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 on assistance from Friendly House.

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. Many other non-profits provide free food or hot meals. Find the main free 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.





It can be costly for a family who is on a budget to buy the furniture they need for a home or apartment. Davenport area does have free furniture banks. There may be many items offered including the following.

  • -Beds, dressers, mattresses.
  • -Kitchen tables, appliances, pots or pans.
  • -Couches, tables, lamps and the like.

Other items may be offered too. Find assistance is getting furniture for a home.

Transitional housing or homeless shelters

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.


By Jon McNamara

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