COVID-19 Recovery Assistance
On Monday, May 4, Des Moines City Council approved a plan to distribute $3.3 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds by designating $350,000 for Emergency Food Distribution, $684,970 for rental/mortgage assistance, and $750,000 for the Small Business Relief Fund. $1.1 million in federal relief will be dedicated to serving the unhoused population in Des Moines to help limit the spread of the coronavirus.
Language interpreters are available by calling the Iowa COVID-19 English Language Learner (ELL) Help Line at 1-877-558-2609.
Emergency Food Distribution
With $350,000 of the federal relief funds received, the City of Des Moines has partnered with the Central Iowa Shelter and Services (CISS), the Food Bank of Iowa, and Urban Dreams to provide free hot meals to Des Moines families and residents in need.
Additional meal distribution events are being planned for this summer.
The program funded by CARES took place every weekday (excluding holidays) from mid-June to mid-September.
Additional community resources are still available:(515) 564-0330.
City Council recently designated $684,970 of federal relief funds to help Des Moines residents avoid homelessness during this pandemic.
This program provides one-time or short-term (no more than three months) emergency payments on behalf of individuals or families. Payments are made directly to landlords or mortgage companies on behalf of a household.
- Meet the income eligibility guidelines of earning 60% of Area Median Income (AMI) or earn 200% of poverty level, whichever amount is higher by household size (see table below)
- Were current on housing payments (either rent and utilities or mortgage, taxes, and insurance) through March 15, 2020; and
- Have not received assistance from other entities for the same rent or mortgage payments (for example, if someone received assistance for the month of May, they cannot request May’s rent from the City of Des Moines as well)
|Household Size||60% Area Median Income (AMI)||200% Poverty Guidelines|
DSM Small Business Recovery Grant
The Greater Des Moines community strongly values its small businesses and the diversity in its ownership and services. The City of Des Moines is teaming up with the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Polk County and additional community partners to create a grant program to help keep small businesses in business.
Sole-proprietors or businesses in Des Moines with 0 – 30 employees that have had restrictions placed on their operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples of businesses include, but are not limited to, retail stores, personal care services and restaurants.
- Must have a physical location within the City of Des Moines, unincorporated Polk County or areas of Warren County.
- Must have been in operation for at least one year as of July 1, 2019.
- Must be a for-profit business of any legal structure (non-profit organizations are not eligible).
Grant awards will range from $1,000 – $10,000. Preference will be given to businesses that have not received assistance from the Iowa Small Business Relief Grant, the Targeted Small Business Sole Operator Fund, the Paycheck Protection Program or other grants.
Additional requirements were listed in the application. Applications opened May 5 and closed at Midnight on May 31. The Greater Des Moines Partnership started to notify recipients on May 28, 2020.
Please gather these documents before applying.
- 4-month income and expenses statements (Jan-April 2020)
- 4 month income and expenses statement (Jan -April 2019)
- 3-month projected income and expenses (May 1-July 30, 2020)
- Balance Sheet (as of April 30, 2020)
- Using this template, please list job titles, hourly wage or salary by title, expected hours per pay period, and length of pay period (e.g. weekly, bi-weekly, bi-monthly, monthly, etc.) reduced due to the public health crisis that are to be funded with Small Business Recovery Fund. Do not send employee social security information.
Applications are now closed. Online applications opened on May 5 and closed at Midnight on May 31. The City of Des Moines has partnered with the Greater Des Moines Partnership to manage the application process.
To learn more, visit The Partnership's website at dsmpartnership.com/smallbusinessgrant.
City Council designated $1.1 million of federal Emergency Solutions Grant funds to serving the unhoused population in Des Moines. Funds will be used for providing emergency shelter, homeless prevention and rapid re-housing solutions.
- Only a judge can lawfully evict a tenant.
- If a landlord tells a renter they have to move out, they do not have to move out until they receive notice of the judge’s order.
- Funding assistance has been made available through various programs in Central Iowa to help with those facing potential eviction.
- Home Inc., 515-243-1277, www.homeincdsm.org
- Iowa Legal Aid, 800-532-1275, www.iowalegalaid.org
- COVID-19 Iowa Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program https://www.iowafinance.com/covid-19-iowa-eviction-and-foreclosure-prevention-program/
- IMPACT, 515-518-4770 (for Des Moines residents only)