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Direct Assistance Program: Stimulus checks for qualifying Iowa residents

A new stimulus program has launched in Johnson County, Iowa City.

The Direct Assistance Program will provide low-income workers with additional funds.


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Who is eligible for the Direct Assistance Program?

About $3.38 million in funding was made available for the program from Johnson County, Iowa City and the city of Coralville. The county received 2,411 applications between April 25, 2022- May 27, 2022.

Out of the 2,411 applications, only 2,238 were eligible, despite appeals– which were held from June 13-June 23, 2022. Reports from The Iowa City Press-Citizen said that there was enough funding for all applicants, but some were rejected for living outside of the Iowa City limits. That means that nearly $690,000 will be returned to Iowa City’s American Rescue Act.

In order to qualify you must:

  • have lived in Johnson County, Iowa, since March 1, 2020
  • be at least 18 years old or a legally emancipated minor
  • be able to demonstrate that they faced financial hardship from COVID-19 while being at a low- or moderate- income level

There are also income limits that can’t be exceeded in order to be considered eligible:

  • $45,370 for a household of one
  • $51,870 for a household of two
  • $58,370 for a household of three
  • $64,805 for a household of four
  • $70,005 for a household of five
  • $75,205 for a household of six
  • $80,405 for a household of seven
  • $85,605 for a household of eight

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