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Iowa disaster funds are available through MICA

August 16, 2011
-Mid-Iowa Community Action & The Chronicle
TOLEDO CHRONICLE-Mid-Iowa Community Action & The Chronicle

Mid-Iowa Community Action, Inc. (MICA) has received Iowa Disaster Relief funds to provide disaster recovery assistance to victims of the July 11 wind storms in Tama and Marshall counties. The use of state funding to help families recover from the storms was authorized when Gov. Branstad issued an emergency disaster proclamation for both counties.

To qualify for assistance, a family must earn 200 percent or less of federal poverty guidelines. For example, a family of four can earn no more than $44,700 to qualify.

Branstad also requested President Obama to declare Tama and five other counties as federal disaster areas. Lucinda Robertson, Iowa Homeland Security spokesperson, told The Chronicle on Friday, Aug. 12, no word had yet been received about the federal designation.

Check tamatoledonews.com and this weeks Tama News-Herald for any new information.

Assistance is given in the form of vouchers. There are vouchers to replace items such as clothing, bed furniture or a water heater; and vouchers to pay for services such as repairs to structural damage, vehicle repairs, or temporary housing. There are maximum amounts for each item or service’s voucher. For example, there is a $5,000 maximum for repairs to damaged structures.

In addition to providing vouchers, MICA may reimburse families for qualifying purchases made due to storm damage. Families must bring receipts for these items when they apply.

To apply, families in Tama County should contact Sharla VanderVen at the Tama County Family Development Center at 641-484-4713. Families in Marshall County should contact Jack Kudelka at the Marshall County Family Development Center at 641-753-5523.

Applications are also available online at www.dhs.iowa.gov.

Applicants are required to provide proof of household gross income for the last 30 days and photo identification for all adults in the household.

There is currently no end date set for this program. However, in the event of a presidential disaster declaration, this program will end and the federal program will begin.

 
 

 

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