Cornfields, Common Sense and Community

State Senator Jeff Edler

Summary of Aid in Iowa

In an effort to help individuals and small business owners gain access to the resources available, I want to provide a summary sheet for my constituents. The web pages listed below will provide you with information on the current status of COVID-19 and methods to apply for assistance.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority has put together a number of resources for both businesses and employees affected by COVID-19. This includes a small business relief program, information on the U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance program, Community Development Block Grant funds to support infectious disease response, and unemployment related to the pandemic. All of this information can be found by going to www.iowabusinessrecovery.com.

Additionally, Iowa Workforce Development has a lot of information and resources on unemployment insurance on their website, www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/COVID-19. If you contact them for questions or information, I encourage you to be patient. People all over our state are calling and they are receiving a very high volume of calls. I know they are trying to be helpful to every Iowan in their time of need.

If you are looking for other resources, and not sure where to go, the Iowa Senate Republicans have put together a web page with links to various state agencies and departments and their information on COVID-19. This site includes updates from the governor’s office, tax information, and links to the above information. Please visit www.iowasenaterepublicans.com/covid-19-resources/ or contact me with questions you may have.

For more information on what is happening with COVID-19 in Iowa and across the country, here are additional resources you can use:





A hotline has been set up for Iowans to call with COVID-19 related questions. It is available 24/7 and can be reached by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.

I have received many questions over the last week as it relates to the virus and the economic impact created by containment of the spread of COVID-19. It is my hope that this document will provide for answers and other available resources for you and your families.

The State of Iowa is doing what it can to help Iowans through this crisis. At the federal level, they are also working on a COVID-19 stimulus package to help citizens and assist those who have been affected. Please continue to use good hygiene and stay home if you feel ill or have a fever. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

I am the chair of the Local Government Committee and the vice chair of the Health & Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee. Additionally, I serve on the Agriculture, Education, Human Resources, International Relations, Veterans Affairs, and Ways & Means committees.

Please feel free to contact me at jeff.edler@legis.iowa.gov.

Mailing Address:

Jeff Edler

1007 E Grand Ave

Des Moines, IA 50319-1001