Having a baby can be expensive and you shouldn’t have to choose between caring for your child and paying for necessities. We want to help connect you to all the resources you may need so you can spend less time worrying about how to live and spend more time living with the people you love.

Family assistance may be needed at different times and for different circumstances. These resources can  help Iowans who need help finding a job, a place to live, child care and other helpful programs. We also have resources to help families access healthcare, food, housing, utilities, and more.

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General Assistance

Family care and support services

Family Development and Self Sufficiency (FaDSS) Program

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Apply for benefits

Request a Social Security number

Crisis services

Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Chat and Text - IF THIS IS AN IMMEDIATE CRISIS CALL 988



Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (Hawki)

Medicaid Member Services

Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT)



Apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

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Food Bank of Iowa

Food Pantry Network

Find a food bank


Financial Assistance

Get Family Investment Program (FIP) benefits

Financial assistance

Iowa Child Support

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Financial fitness



Central Iowa Shelter 

Housing Choice Voucher

Public Housing Authority contacts

Meskwaki Housing Program

Rental help

Find rental assistance programs

Apply for housing assistance

Energy and water assistance

Internet access for SSI recipients



Children at Home


Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Accounts


Education and Employment

Students First Education Savings Accounts

Student transportation

Employment assistance


Child Care

Child care assistance

Child care referrals