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If you are without housing, if you cannot pay your rent, or if you have received an eviction notice, these organizations may be able to assist you

Johnson County General Assistance
Rent, utilities assistance

CommUnity Financial Support Program (formerly Basic Needs)
Housing and utilities assistance


HACAP Energy Assistance
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and emergency response funds for utilities

Shelter House
Shelter, eviction prevention, housing stability

Iowa Legal Aid
Legal help with housing, including eviction

Emergency Housing

Where can I go if I need emergency shelter?

Homeownership Resources

Where can I learn about homeownership?

I want to own my own home


I can't afford a down payment on a home, what do I do?

Where can I get help with repairs and/or weatherization for my home?

Rental Resources

Where can I find an affordable place to rent?

  • City of Iowa City: Rental listings

    • Includes rental units owned by City of Iowa City and units subsidized with Federal, State or Local government funding​

    • Lists include family housing and elderly/disabled housing

  • Public

    • ​Includes subsidized affordable and low-income apartment properties


    • Rental properties in Johnson County

  • The Housing Fellowship:

    • Private non-profit providing permanent affordable rental housing in Johnson County

  • River City Housing Collective:

    • ​A nonprofit cooperative dedicated to providing quality, affordable housing to the Iowa City area.

  • USDA: Rural Multi-Family Housing Rentals

I cannot afford any rental units, what do I do?

Manufactured Home Resources

I live in a manufactured home and it is in need of repairs, who can help me?

I live in a manufactured home community and I want to advocate for myself and my neighbors

  • Manufactured Housing Action Advocacy group

  • Resident Owned Communities (ROC USA®) 

    • Helps resident groups in for-sale communities come together and purchase their neighborhoods.

If you have other housing-related questions, you may find resources below

I need furniture for my residence, but I can't afford it right now

I am returning from incarceration and am having trouble finding a place to live

I have HIV/AIDS and am having trouble finding a place to live

  • UIHC HIV/AIDS Clinic

    • HIV-specific financial programs such as Ryan White funds, including Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA)

I can't afford to pay my bills right now

I need food

I am an older adult and I want to continue living in my home

​I am looking for accessible and affordable housing

I am looking for affordable senior living

I need help with language translation/interpretation

Not finding what you're looking for here?

Contact Johnson County Social Services


Browse the Johnson County Resource Directory


Call 2-1-1 (United Way of Central Iowa) 

  • Call/Text Hours: Monday – Sunday 24/7

    • Direct: 2-1-1 or 515-246-6555

    • Toll Free: 2-1-1 or 800-244-7431

    • ​Text: Text your zip code to 898211

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