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The Iowa Department of Human Rights (DHR) brings strength to Iowa's rich heritage. Our three divisions - Community Action Agencies, Community Advocacy and Services, and Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning - work to reduce cultural, social, and economic barriers to opportunities for Iowans to succeed.
State's Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program Expanded Criteria to Assist More IowansIowa Finance Authority's
COVID-19 Iowa Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program provides short-term relief to income-eligible renters and homeowners who are at risk of eviction or foreclosure due to a documented COVID-19 related loss of income. On August 4, 2020, Iowa Finance Authority announced that the program's eligibility criteria have been expanded to allow Iowans who have been receiving $600 a week in federal unemployment stimulus benefits to apply for assistance. Applicants who have applied previously and were declined due to unemployment benefit status are welcome to reapply for assistance. For additional details, visit IowaHousingRecovery.com.
Housing Recovery Helpline 855-300-5885
Iowa COVID-19 Free Legal Hotline
Iowa COVID-19 Legal Advice Hotline 800-332-0419 Iowans experiencing legal issues related to COVID-19, such as eviction, denial of unemployment benefits, employment issues or identity theft may call the hotline. Callers can leave a message, and a representative will call them back. The hotline is a project of Iowa Legal Aid, the Iowa State Bar Association, and the Polk County Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project.
Free Counseling-COVID Recovery Iowa
The stress of COVID-19 is taking on a toll on the mental health of Iowans, including health care workers. The Iowa Department of Human Services' program, COVID Recovery Iowa, offers free virtual counseling and resources for all Iowans affected by COVID-19.
Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
If you are a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) provides direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19. The USDA is accepting applications now through August 28, 2020. Producers should apply through the Farm Service Agency at their local USDA Service Center.
USDA Announces $15 Million in Funding Opportunities to Support Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced approximately $15 million in available funding to help socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers own and operate successful farms. Funding is made through the USDA’s Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (also known as the 2501 Program). The program is administered by the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE). Learn more about the 2501 funding opportunity.
CDC Guidance for Agricultural Workers and Employers
Iowa food resources such as state programs, school meal services, and food banks, can be found at the State’s coronavirus website: https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/pages/feedingiowa.
The Feeding Iowans Task Force was created by Governor Kim Reynolds to assist Iowans impacted by food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic.The Task Force has compiled some graphics about food resources in multiple languages. Visit the State's coronavirus website for more information.
Community Action Agencies
Many community action agencies offer assistance such as food banks, food delivery initiatives, clothing, diapers, and addressing other emergency needs. There is a network of 17 community action agencies that serves all of Iowa's 99 counties. To find a community action agency near you, visit the Iowa Department of Human Rights' website.
Language Access Plan for Iowa's Courts
The State Court Administrator has approved a Language Access Plan for Iowa's Courts to guide the courts' efforts to fulfill their mission to administer justice under law equally to all persons, including those who are limited in their ability to speak or understand English. The plan describes a detailed strategy for how Iowa's courts provide and manage language assistance services. It also provides references to key Iowa statutes, court rules, and information resources to assist court personnel and judicial officers in their efforts to achieve the plan's goals and objectives.
Learn more at the Iowa Judicial Branch's website.
COVID-19 Test Iowa Sites/Schedules
The Test Iowa COVID-19 test is free and available to Iowans wishing to get tested, regardless of symptoms or potential exposure. Before heading to a Test Iowa location, you must first complete an online assessment at the Test Iowa website at https://www.testiowa.com. You will then receive instructions on your scheduled appointment and location. Information about the COVID-19 Test Iowa locations and schedules is available at the State's website https://coronavirus.iowa.gov.
COVID-19 Language Resources
American Sign Language Videos-CDC
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-Resources for Limited English Proficient Populations
Congolese Health Partnership Videos
Coronavirus, State Website
Crescent Community Health Center-Marshallese Language
EMBARC Ethnic Minorities of Burma and Advocacy and Resource Center
Iowa Department of Human Rights-Language Access
Iowa Department of Public Health
Iowa Spanish Helpline 515-344-3936
Multi-Lingual Hotline 1-877-558-2609
(Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa and partners)
Test Iowa-COVID-19 Testing (Spanish available)
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Iowa Department of Human Rights
Lucas State Office Building
321 E 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
515-242-5640 or 1-800-351-4659
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While the past few months have been challenging for many Iowans, especially our small business owners, I’ve been inspired by countless examples of restaurants, retailers and attractions not only adapting to survive, but also daring to dream big. In support of these incredible efforts, the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) is launching an #IowansUnite campaign to encourage Iowans to support small businesses and to help ensure a strong economic future for Iowa.
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Small businesses are the backbone of our local economies and IEDA is proud to support them. As you see these initiatives promoted via social media, please engage and share to help spread the word about the many great businesses operating across the state.
Very best regards,
Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Finance Authority
Mental Health & You Column | Agust 2020
In this Conversation Column, we look at how empathy, the ability to understand the feelings of others, is the foundation of mental health. It might also be said to be the pillar that supports and sustains human relationships, the family and civil society.
One way empathy manifests is in morality, including what we call in the West, the Golden Rule, which takes many forms in many different cultures.
But it boils down to roughly, "Treat other people the way you would like to be treated." So we think we could justly say that, as empathy can be said to affect every aspect of our human experience, it rightly deserves to be the focus of our column this month.
Empathy can also be said to be the ability to recognize, understand, and share the thoughts and feelings of another person, animal, or fictional character.
Developing empathy is crucial for establishing relationships and behaving compassionately. It involves experiencing another person’s point of view, rather than just one’s own, and enables 'helping behaviors' that come from within, rather than being imposed upon us by someone else.
With the pandemic and other recent events we have all been forced to adjust to what has been called the new normal, a perspective that could be said to be more isolated, egocentric and 'tribal,' rather than altruistic and other-centered. Some surveys indicate that empathy is on the decline in the United States and elsewhere. This is a source of concern.
We believe that such a critical component of good mental health and a healthy society should draw our thoughtful attentions.
We hope that our experts in this column bring you insights and good advice.
Let us know - post your comment or share your insight on our Hope Blog
Stay Safe and Healthy,
Diana and Jan
Empathy During COVID-19
Empathy is a term we use for the ability to understand other people's feelings as if we were having them ourselves. ... Sympathy refers to the ability to take part in someone else's feelings, mostly by feeling sorrowful about their misfortune.
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Iowa Nonprofit Recovery Fund Announced
Volunteer Iowa and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) announced today the launch of the Iowa Nonprofit Recovery Fund, an extension of the Iowa Small Business Relief Grant Program.
The program will provide short-term relief to nonprofit organizations that have seen reduced revenue and/or increased costs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible nonprofits may be awarded a grant of up to $25,000, based on income, expenses, outstanding obligations and other state and federal assistance received. The program has $10 million available, which was allocated through federal CARES Act funds.
Initially eligible nonprofits must be a 501(c)(3), 501(c)(6) or 501(c)(19), be based in Iowa and have:
For more information on eligibility and assistance or to apply, visit iowabusinessrecovery.com.
Applications will be reviewed in the order received and awarded on a first come, first ready to process basis. Applications will be accepted until August 14 at 5 pm or until funds have been exhausted.
Questions regarding the Iowa Nonprofit Recovery Fund can be addressed by calling 515.348.8897 (toll free: 855.854.2440).
Small Business Utility Disruption Prevention
ASSISTANCE FOR IOWA SMALL BUSINESSES & NONPROFITS
Governor Reynolds has allocated federal CARES Act funds to assist small businesses and nonprofits economically impacted by COVID-19. The Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Small Business Utility Disruption Prevention Program will provide short-term relief to eligible small businesses and nonprofits that face significant hardship in the payment of utility bills for service provided during the months of disruption to their business.
AVAILABLE UTILITY BILL ASSISTANCE
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants are required to complete the pre-application screening below. Upon successful completion of this screening checklist, the applicant will be provided with the link to the full application. By clicking below, you confirm you have read the eligibility guidelines and FAQ documentation.