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Ames and Story County rental assistance.

Find how are where to get emergency rent assistance and housing help in the Ames Iowa region. Find churches, charities and government agencies that may assist. Based on funding and the applicants background, everything from grants to help pay rent to transitional housing, security deposit assistance, and free legal aid may be offered in the Ames Iowa region, including Story County. Residents can call upon an agency below, or they may be able to use a government programs such as section 8 in an effort to get more affordable housing that may not even have a waiting list.

In many cases the rent assistance is combined with other forms of financial aid or advice. Most clients can also avail themselves of free legal eviction defense services or apply for energy bill help. There may also be placement into more affordable housing from the section 8 voucher program in Story County. Or some of the non-profit organization may offer short term loans for paying some of the back rent due. All options are explored.

Find more details below on the options available for low income tenants, the homeless, seniors and disabled. These organizations are focused on housing and rent issues.

Scott County Salvation Army
Location is 703 East Lincoln Way
Ames, Iowa 50010
Main number is 515-233-3567
The charity has a homeless prevention program. This may help pay rent or utility bills to keep the family in their home or apartment. Other parts of it include shelter, transitional housing, and financial aid.

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
Main address is 2210 Lincoln Way
Ames, Iowa 50010
Call (515) 292-3810
Any assistance, whether for rent, energy bills, food, or more is limited to the immediate community. Any money for housing or rental expenses is limited.




Story County Community Services
Address of the community action agency: 126 South Kellogg
Ames, Iowa 50010
Telephone number is (515) 382-7290
Referrals, advice, and other services are given, and they serve as a central intake site. Find applications and help applying for rent, utilities, general cash assistance, and more. There is also a free furniture bank for Story County families. The items, when combined with rent and deposit assistance, can help tenants get settled.

Legal Aid Society of Story County
Address is 937 6th St.
Nevada, IA 50201
Main number (515) 382-2471
Attorneys represent the poor, vulnerable, and less fortunate. Free legal advice, assistance, and anti-eviction programs are available.

Emergency Residence Project
Address : 225 S. Kellogg
Ames, IA 50010
(515) 232-8075
Housing assistance programs include shelter; transitional housing; security deposit and emergency rental assistance.

Mid Iowa Community Action -  Story County
Location 230 SE 16th St
Ames, IA 50010
(515) 956-3333
They help families with children only, including single moms or dads. LIHEAP, referrals to rent assistance, family development, furnace repairs, and other support is given to stop homelessness. Applications to TBRA are also on site. Find more details on Mid-Iowa community action housing programs.





Story County PHA - Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority (CIRHA)
201 SE Gateway Dr.
Grimes, IA 50111
Phone: (515) 986-1882
They run the section 8 housing choice voucher program for the city of Ames and Story County. There may also be expedited (emergency) vouchers for those must in need, such as the disabled or elderly.

By Jon McNamara

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