Iowa Community Action Association - Embrace Iowa
Iowa Community Action Association - Embrace Iowa
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Embrace Iowa

The Des Moines Regester's Embrace Iowa program takes place annually and provides a benefit for up to $500 for emergency relief for households in need. Some important program points:

Applications will be considered for households at or below 150% of Federal HHS poverty guidelines.
First time applicants will be given a priority with the review process.
Applicants will be asked if they are willing to share their story with The Des Moines Register.
Documentation of need and cost estimate should be included.
Applicant information is confidential and used only for the evaluation of the application.
Application are accepted from November 1 - January 15.

Examples of non-routine emergency expenses considered:

  • Medical or dental expenses
  • Vehicle repairs
  • Home repairs
  • Child Care for those not covered under the Crisis Child Care Program

Embrace Iowa can also be utilized to provide a more stable living environment. Examples may include:

  • Essential appliance or furniture
  • Essential housewares
  • Child Care for work/school


Routine expenditures related to maintaining a secure household will also be considered, but at a lower priority.

Please refer to the following guidelines and applications. Turn in completed applications to your nearest HACAP service sight.
PDF Embrace Iowa Appliication - 2010 (10.4 k)
PDF Embrace Iowa Guidelines for 2010- 2011 (16.9 k)
PDF Embrace Iowa Story Participant Form (7.3 k)