The Des Moines City Council approved thousands of dollars in pandemic relief during Monday’s meeting.According to a news release from the city, $500,000 will be reallocated from Des Moines’ general fund.The funds will provide rental and mortgage assistance to Des Moines residents and help those experiencing homelessness.“We continue to look for the most effective ways to support the residents of Des Moines during these difficult times,” Mayor Frank Cownie said in a news release. “The approval of these reallocated funds will help alleviate the burden many residents have found themselves and their families in during this challenging year.”Chris Johansen, with Des Moines Housing Services, said the need is high and families are desperate.“Working with our nonprofit partners, they’ve told us that they have waiting lists,” Johansen said. “They have stopped taking some calls just due to the number of applicants that they have received so far.”In May, the city of Des Monies allocated $600,000 for COVID-19 rent relief.Johansen said the initial relief money is already gone.“Knowing there is more need in the community it is important to advance these dollars, to keep those programs moving forward,” he said.The newly allocated funds will be funneled through two programs — HOME, Inc. and IMPACT Community Action PartnershipHOME, Inc. provides homeless prevention assistance, while IMPACT helps people behind on mortgage payments.Qualifying Des Moines residents will receive three months of assistance.“So it’s not going to solve all the problems, but it’s temporary assistance to help them get through this tough time,” Johansen said.The city of Des Moines said it anticipates some of the $500,000 to be reimbursed by the federal government, though it is unclear when a federal stimulus package will be approved. “The federal dollars are critical to help us get through this,” Johansen said. “Unfortunately, the city of Des Moines does not have the financial capacity to fund a lot of these rental assistance programs.”Des Moines residents in need of emergency housing assistance can call HOME, Inc. at 715-243-1277, or IMPACT Community Action Partnership at 515-518-4470.

The Des Moines City Council approved thousands of dollars in pandemic relief during Monday’s meeting.

According to a news release from the city, $500,000 will be reallocated from Des Moines’ general fund.

The funds will provide rental and mortgage assistance to Des Moines residents and help those experiencing homelessness.

“We continue to look for the most effective ways to support the residents of Des Moines during these difficult times,” Mayor Frank Cownie said in a news release. “The approval of these reallocated funds will help alleviate the burden many residents have found themselves and their families in during this challenging year.”

Chris Johansen, with Des Moines Housing Services, said the need is high and families are desperate.

“Working with our nonprofit partners, they’ve told us that they have waiting lists,” Johansen said. “They have stopped taking some calls just due to the number of applicants that they have received so far.”

In May, the city of Des Monies allocated $600,000 for COVID-19 rent relief.

Johansen said the initial relief money is already gone.

“Knowing there is more need in the community it is important to advance these dollars, to keep those programs moving forward,” he said.

The newly allocated funds will be funneled through two programs — HOME, Inc. and IMPACT Community Action Partnership

HOME, Inc. provides homeless prevention assistance, while IMPACT helps people behind on mortgage payments.

Qualifying Des Moines residents will receive three months of assistance.

“So it’s not going to solve all the problems, but it’s temporary assistance to help them get through this tough time,” Johansen said.

The city of Des Moines said it anticipates some of the $500,000 to be reimbursed by the federal government, though it is unclear when a federal stimulus package will be approved.

“The federal dollars are critical to help us get through this,” Johansen said. “Unfortunately, the city of Des Moines does not have the financial capacity to fund a lot of these rental assistance programs.”

Des Moines residents in need of emergency housing assistance can call HOME, Inc. at 715-243-1277, or IMPACT Community Action Partnership at 515-518-4470.



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