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Flood grant applications available

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- The Linn Area Long Term Recovery Coalition (LALTRC) is now accepting applications for "Unmet Needs Grants" from persons affected by last year's floods. Grants can be as much as $2,500, and are to be used to cover expenses associated with personal property, home repair, food assistance, mental health assistance, childcare and temporary housing. Grants can be for reimbursement of documented expenses which have already occurred or to cover the cost of upcoming expenses.

The grant program was created earlier this year when the Iowa Legislature and Governor Culver approved $10 million in state dollars for unmet needs assistance as part of the $56 million disaster aid bill.

Applications must be obtained and completed at the Community Recovery Center, 220 Sixth Street NW, Cedar Rapids. To be eligible for an Unmet Needs Grant you must have a FEMA number and your household income must be less than 300% of the Federal Poverty Level. Grants cannot supplant any other financial support, assistance or grants provided by any other federal, state government, nonprofit or faith-based agency.

Applicants have until June 30, 2010, to apply for any existing funds and should apply to the Long-Term Recovery Committee that covers the county where they lived when the disaster occurred.

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