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Funnel Week Ends!
03.05.21
The first legislative deadline is today (March 5) - the date when most bills need to be voted out of a committee.  This "funnel" deadline does not... Read More...
Host a Town Hall Meeting!
02.01.21
The Iowa DD Council wants to help you hold a virtual townhall meeting in your area!  In years past, the Iowa DD Council has helped Iowans with... Read More...
Special Election Information: January 26
01.08.21
Voters living in Senate District 41 will go to the polls on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 to select a new state senator.  We wanted to make sure those... Read More...
SPECIAL ELECTION SET: January 26, 2021
01.04.21
Ottumwa physician Mariannette Miller-Meeks has been "provisionally" sworn in as a U.S. Representative, as she awaits the review by a Congressional... Read More...
LEGISLATURE STILL PLANS TO MEET
12.23.20
Many of you have asked what the next legislative session will be like.  Our answer continues to be - who knows!  At this point, we believe the Iowa... Read More...


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State Budget (FY 2021)

The Iowa Legislature usually passes eleven budget bills each year to fund parts of state government.  The state budget year (called a "fiscal year") starts on July 1.  The 2020 Legislature approved fiscal year 2021 budgets, which funds state government from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.  This year, because of the COVID break, the Iowa Legislature passed a continuing resolution to fund all programs, agencies, and services at the same level, with a few exceptions.

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Livable Homes Coalition

Many Iowans with a disability cannot live safely in their homes, and may be forced to move into residential long-term care facilities rather than stay at home. There are a few local programs to help pay for needed home modifications, but these programs do not currently serve the whole state. There is funding for home modifications available through the Medicaid program, but it is only available to Medicaid members.

Organizations that support older Iowans, individuals with disabilities, and those with serious health conditions have been working together to advocate for a statewide home modfication grant program to help fill this gap.  They have formed the Livable Homes Coalition.

The Coalition supports the creation of an infrastructure program to help low income Iowans living with a disability caused by age, chronic disease, or injury to modify their homes to increase accessibility, safety, and to remain independent.  The Coalition is asking for $1 million to fund grants of up to $5,000 to help offset the costs of modifying homes of persons who are over the age of 65 or living with a disability.  To be eligible, the person must own their home and must not earn more than 300% of the federal poverty level. 

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