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Did severe weather damage your property? An Iowa grant may be able to help you financially

The dome of the State Capitol building in Des Moines is shown on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. (Adam Wesley/The Gazette)
The dome of the State Capitol building in Des Moines is shown on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. (Adam Wesley/The Gazette)

DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation Thursday for 19 counties hard hit by severe weather beginning Oct. 4 that included damaging winds, heavy rains, flooding and tornadoes.

The counties covered by the governor’s declaration included Black Hawk, Buena Vista, Butler, Cedar, Cerro Gordo, Clarke, Des Moines, Dubuque, Emmet, Fayette, Franklin, Iowa, Johnson, Kossuth, Lee, Marshall, Ringgold, Scott and Union.

The proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather and activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program, according to the governor’s office.

The Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level or a maximum annual income of $41,560 for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food and temporary housing expenses. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim.

Disaster Case Management (www.iowacommunityaction.org) is a program to address serious needs to overcome a disaster-related hardship, injury or adverse condition, according to state officials. There are no income eligibility requirements for the program, which closes 180 days from the date of the governor’s proclamation.

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