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Nov 21

HCBS Rent Subsidy Program Being Offered

A rent subsidy program is being offered by Iowa Finance Authority to individuals who may be eligible:

1.   If you are receiving residential-based services under one of the following programs or Medicaid waivers:

  • Money Follows the Person
  • Health & Disability
  • Elderly
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Brain Injury
  • Physical Disability
  • Habilitation Services

2.  If you are paying more than 30% of your income for rent

3.  If you are on a waiting list for other local or federal rent assistance programs, such as Section 8, or if the waiting list is currently closed

4.  If you are not currently receiving any other rent assistance.

If you think you might qualify, complete an application found at, and click on “Forms” in the right-hand column under the picture.  Instructions for completing the application are also found on that webpage.  Include the following with your application:

  • Proof of your monthly income, such as SS/SSI award letter, bank statement showing direct deposits, and wage reports/pay stubs for the last three months if applicable.
  • Proof that you have applied for other rental assistance programs and are on a waiting list or a letter stating that you were determined to be ineligible or that the waiting list is currently closed.
  • A current copy of a lease signed by the landlord as well as the tenant or legal guardian, showing the number of bedrooms and total rent for the entire rental unit.
  • Bank routing number and account number so funds can be directly deposited into your checking or savings account, or that of your payee.

If you do receive the assistance, submit a renewal application every year.  You will be notified by letter when it is due.  Include everything required for the first application when you submit the renewal.  Notify Iowa Finance Authority within 10 days when any of the following change:

  • Your name, address, email address or phone number
  • Rent amount
  • You become eligible for a local or federal rent subsidy program, like Section 8
  • Payee and/or contact information
  • Case manager and/or contact information
  • Your income changes by more than $100/month
  • Number of dependent relatives living with you
  • You lose the Medicaid waiver

For more information, contact Nancy Wallis, 515-725-4942, or email her at