Embrace Iowa

EMBRACE is a financial assistance program funded by the Des Moines Register that can provide funding towards the purchase of appliances, car repairs, dental service, medication, eyeglasses, furniture, home repairs, household items , beds, and other misc. needs. This program cannot provide immediate financial assistance.

To be eligible for the EMBRACE program you must be a resident in Iowa with a household income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. Funding availability varies and is not guaranteed. To apply for this opportunity please call or visit your local Community Action Agency

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Engergy Assistance Available

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally-funded program designed to assist low income families meet the cost of home heating by providing a one-time payment to the heating utility. If you are currently eligible for the LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance) Program, you are automatically eligible for Weatherization Program services. To locate your local community action agency, click on your county in the map. 


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YouTube Videos of Programs

The 4 R Kids ECI area board provides funding for multiple projects that serve families with children under the age of 5.  The agencies that recieve funding are in the process of making YouTube videos to share with the public.  More will be added in the next few weeks.

Child Care Resource & Referral

Lutheran Services in Iowa with the New Parent Program

Iowa AEYC with the WAGE$ program.

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2-1-1 Counts

2-1-1 Counts is a web-based tool to provide real-time, searchable, and visual presentations of data about community-specific needs of vulnerable populations. 2-1-1 Counts displays a count of 2-1-1 callers’ most pressing needs in usable form and reports data at the ZIP code, region, or call center level as recently as yesterday.  2-1-1 Counts enables users to check trends, make comparisons, and share information.

2-1-1 Counts enriches the dialogue in communities – especially among leaders – by calling attention to a wide range of factors that compromise the health and well-being of poor individuals and families.

Click here to see the most pressing needs in your community.




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Poverty Guidelines

Below are the new federal poverty guidelines.

2022 Poverty Guidelines

Federal poverty guidelines 2022.doc

Multiple Poverty Guidelines – Guidelines-2022


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Preschool Scholarships Available

Preschool Scholarships are available for children living in Adair, Dallas, Madison or Warren County. Preschool Scholarships are located on the Iowa state University Extension Dallas County website.

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