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Posted on: May 21, 2020

Dubuque Offering Grants for Renters and Homeowners Impacted by COVID-19

The City of Dubuque is offering financial assistance to qualified Dubuque renters and homeowners whose income has been reduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications are being accepted for the City of Dubuque’s Short-Term Rental/Mortgage Assistance Program from Dubuque renters and homeowners whose income has been reduced due to COVID-19. This program is funded by a federal grant and does include income and property eligibility requirements. The program is a grant program so residents who qualify and receive the assistance will not have to pay back any funds they receive. This is a short-term assistance program and can assist with a portion of approved households’ rent or mortgage for up to $1,000 for three months.

To be eligible for this program, applicants must be a current city of Dubuque resident living in a rental unit or home they own that they have occupied since at least January 1, 2020. Applicants must have been working as of January 1, 2020, AND, as a result of COVID-19, either:

  • lost employment completely or monthly income has been reduced by at least 50 percent;
  • have applied for unemployment benefits;
  • were current on rent or mortgage payments and all household utilities as of March 1, 2020; and
  • applicant’s household’s current income meets the following requirements:


Household Size

Program Income Limit

Family Size 1:

<$28,500

Family Size 2:

<$32,600

Family Size 3:

<$36,650

Family Size 4

<$40,700

Family Size 5:

<$44,000

Family Size 6:

<$47,250

Family Size 7:

<$50,500


Households of eight or more should contact City staff for additional information. “Household income” includes current wages, unemployment benefits, child support, military benefits, and social security. All income coming into the household is required to be reported.

To apply for the Short-Term Rental/Mortgage Assistance Program, please call 563.564.7489, email go@cityofdubuque.org, or visit www.cityofdubuque.org/housing.

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