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United Way 211 is a free confidential information and referral service, ready to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week. United Way 211 helps connect individual and families to community resources and the services they need, such as utility or rent assistance, food and clothing, counseling, and much more. Just dial 211 or toll free 866-469-2211. From a cell phone or pay phone, please dial 319-739-4211.
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You must fall within two categories, “ongoing” or “needy”, to receive assistance and that will determine how long you can receive assistance.
IAR stands for Interim Assistance Reimbursement. According to the Social Security Administration, interim assistance reimbursement is a payment SSA makes to reimburse an entity that has provided interim assistance (IA) in cash or through vendor payments to an individual for meeting basic needs.
Linn County General Assistance requires households to sign an IAR if they are requesting assistance on an ongoing basis.
The Linn County General Assistance program is assistance of last resort, meaning that we provide assistance when all other avenues of funding have been exhausted. Students enrolled in a technical school, college, university, or other higher education have other resources available to them for assistance often made available through their school’s Office of Financial Aid.
Contact Linn County Veterans Affairs Office at 319-892-5160 for help applying for veteran affairs medical benefits.