Application Process

The purpose of Rental Assistance funding to remove barriers that prevent people from being housed – i. e. back utility bills, a requirement of excessive deposits or application fees or one time rent assistance per year per household. Total available for this funding round is: $114,313.00
Applications are due: May 8, 2019
Notice of Approval/Denial: May 22, 2019

Informational meetings:
April 9, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Ames Chamber of Commerce
304 Main St, Ames, IA

Late applications will not be considered for funding. Submit an electronic copy of the application to Lori Kauzlarich at
For additional information, call Lori Kauzlarich at 515-282-3233.

The following must be submitted to be considered for funding:
Amount of SCHT monies Requested
Criteria for your current rental assistance program
Provide Program Summary of Services to be offered Sources/Uses information

Grant funds may be used for:
Rent (current to keep tenant(s) in housing or to move into housing.) Tenant(s) must have a plan for ongoing rent.
Utilities (to avoid shut off or arrears to get tenant(s) into rental or turned back on)
Deposits for rent and/or utilities. (Landlords would pay rent deposit back to grantee not the tenant(s)).
Application fees (a maximum of two applications per year per household and up to $50 per application)

Grant funds may NOT be used for:
Ongoing rent
Student housing

Funding is granted based on the approval by the Board of Directors. Approved funding may be less than the amount requested by the Applicant. Funds are provided on a reimbursement basis.
The following information is required before funds are released:
Household address and composition
Demographic information (e.g., ethnicity, disability status, age, etc.),
Household income
Sources of other funds used to provide rental assistance