Dubuque Offering Rent/Mortgage and Utility Bill Grants for Residents Impacted by COVID-19
Ryan Feller, Self-Sufficiency Coordinator
PLEASE NOTE: This is an update to a related May 21 announcement. Information has been updated to include utility bill assistance.
June 19, 2020 -- For Immediate Release
DUBUQUE, Iowa – 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 Assistance Program for rent, mortgage, and utilities from Dubuque residents whose income has been reduced 50 percent or more 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. In addition to rent or mortgage, the program may be able to assist with utility payments.
To be eligible for this program, applicants must be a current 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: