Resources For Households
COVID-19 Housing Assistance 3/29/21


Do you (or someone you know) need help paying rent, utility or mortgage bills due to COVID-19?
An online application for financial assistance is available at

Past due payments: Available for payments of costs incurred no earlier than March 13, 2020.
Future payments: May apply for up to three months of future rental assistance at a time.

For electricity, natural gas, propane or fuel oil, water, sewer and/or trash removal. Available for utility payments of costs incurred no earlier than March 13, 2020. Payments will be made directly to landlords and utility service providers.


Up to $3,600 for past due and future payments (4 months maximum).

If you want help applying for this assistance, there are many Johnson County sites offering in-person help!

Call any of these sites to schedule an appointment or learn about drop-in times:


Johnson County Social Services
(319) 356-6090


Coralville Public Library
(319) 248-1850


North Liberty Public Library
(319) 626-5701


Center for Worker Justice
(319) 594-7593


IC Compassion
(319) 330-9883


Right now, it is important for eligible renters to know that if you pay rent and utility bills using credit cards or money borrowed from friends/family, these types of debt cannot be repaid through these programs.

The cities of Iowa City, Coralville, and North Liberty are willing to wait for utility payments from the Iowa Rent and Utility Assistance before shutting off water, but potential recipients must contact their respective city and request forbearance (phone numbers and websites are listed on each utility bill).

Still looking for help? Johnson County has many other resources that may be able to assist you.


Community Housing Resources

Johnson County General Assistance
Rent, utilities assistance


CommUnity Basic Needs Assistance
Housing and utilities 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



Food Pantries

CommUnity Food Bank
1045 Highway 6 East, Iowa City

Coralville Community Food Pantry
1002 5th Street, Coralville,

North Liberty Community Pantry
89 N Jones Blvd, North Liberty
(319) 626-2711
















Where can I get help with repairs for my home?

My home is not ready for the weather, what do I do?

Where can I learn about homeownership?

  • Habitat for Humanity - Financial Literacy and Homeowner Education

    • Contact Gabe Martin​ at 319-519-6124 or​

  • Horizons Homebuyer Education and Financial Counseling

    • Includes foreclosure prevention​ and credit counseling

  • Proteus - ​Housing education for migrant workers

  • Ruhl & Ruhl - First time home buyer classes for immigrant communities 

    • Arabic, French, Spanish​

    •  319-351-7845

I want to own my own home


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

Where can I find an affordable place to rent?

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

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

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

I can't afford to pay my bills right now

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

  • ManufacturedHousing Action - Advocacy group

  • Resident Owned Communities - ROC USA® helps resident groups in for-sale communities come together and purchase their neighborhoods.

Where can I go if I need emergency shelter?


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

​I am looking for accessible housing that is affordable

I am looking for specified affordable senior living

I need help with language translation/interpretation



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Iowa City, IA 52240


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Iowa City, IA 52240


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