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Linn County Dhs Office Cedar Rapids

Website: https://dhs.iowa.gov/


Cedar Rapids, IA - 52401
(866) 534-3112

Financial Help Provided: cash assistance, food stamps.. now called food assistance, child care assistance, TANF office, hawk-i Healthy and Well Kids Iowa




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Office hours: Mondays through Fridays 8am - 4:30pm.


ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS To apply for assistance programs you can go online to the online DHS Financial Support application on this page: http://dhs.iowa.gov/how-to-apply. For help with completing your online application, please contact this local DHS Office.

When you go online, there is an assessment section that lets you know whether you qualify for services. If you qualify you can file the application online.

Food Assistance
Child Care Assistance
Cash Assistance Family Investment Program or Refugee Cash Assistance
State Supplementary Assistance
Family Planning
Well-Child and Prenatal

Assistance Programs
Cash Assistance
- Iowa's Family Investment Program offers time limited benefits for low income people with children.

Family Investment Program (FIP)
The Family Investment Program (FIP) is Iowa's Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. FIP provides cash assistance to needy families as they become self-supporting so that children may be cared for in their own homes or in the homes of relatives. More information is available in the following brochures:
    Family Investment Program (Comm 108)
    60-Month Limit on FIP (Comm 137)
    Requirements of Child Support Enforcement (470-0169 & 470-0169(S))
    FIP Electronic Access Card (Comm 377 & 377(S))
    One-Time Payments (Comm 24 & 24(S))
    FIP for Minor Parents (Comm 133 & 133(S))
    How Earnings May Change Your FIP (470-2471 & 470-2471(S))
    It Pays to Work (Comm 295)
Family Self Sufficiency Grants (FSSG)
The purpose of FSSG is to provide immediate and short-term assistance to PROMISE JOBS participant families which will remove specific barriers related to obtaining or retaining employment. Removing these barriers to self-sufficiency might reduce the length of time a family is dependent on the Family Investment Program (FIP).
Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA)
Refugee Cash Assistance provides cash assistance for up to eight months to needy families, including single adults, who enter the United States as refugees who are not eligible for the Family Investment Program. Unless determined exempt, refugees must cooperate with work and training requirements of the RCA programs.
Who Can Get Help?
To get help from most of our programs, you must:
    Be a U.S. citizen or legal qualified alien.
    Live in Iowa.
    Provide a social security number or proof of application for a number.
    Meet income and resource limits (these vary from program to program).
    Provide all information needed to determine eligibility and benefit level.
    Exceptions: The Family Investment Program requires that you have a minor child (under age 18 or 19 and still in high school) in the home.

Food Assistance
- This is the program that used to be called food stamps.

Child Care Assistance
- Iowa offers subsidized child care for children in families with low incomes.

Medicaid
- Healthcare coverage for children, elderly, and people with disabilities. IowaCare offers limited benefits for adults who are not eligible for Medicaid.
Apply online for any or all of the above
- You may complete an assessment to see if you are eligible. Also, you may apply for any of four programs, and you may complete an unfinished application at this site. Apply for hawk-i
- The Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (hawk-i) program provides no or lowcost healthcare coverage for children in homes of low or modest incomes.






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1. Make an appointment - Always attempt to make an appointment. Oftentimes this will save you hours waiting in lines. When on the phone make sure you ask for the documentation needed in order to receive assistance.

2. Do not be late for your appointment - This tip should speak for itself.

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4. Bring all pre determined documentation - Bring all of the documents you were advised to bring from your appointment phone call. Without them, you will not receive aid.





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