Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA)
MICA is administering a new program called Tenant-Based Rental Assistance, which provides subsidized housing in tenant-based housing (the housing meets occupancy standards and passes an inspection). The program is similar to the Section 8 voucher program administered by local housing authorities.
In order to process your application, you must submit the following forms to the MICA central office at 1001 S. 18th Ave no later than 5:00 PM on February 28, 2014 to be considered for the initial slots in the program. Once the initial slots are filled, MICA will maintain a waiting list of eligible applicants and will notify applicants if slots become available.
- Completed Application Addendum and Basic Intake Form
- Proof of income for the previous 60 days (2 months)
- Copies of photo ID's for adults over 18 in the household
- Copies of social security cards for ALL persons in the household
If you have questions concerning how to complete this application, you can contact your FaDSS worker. You may also contact Paula Arkema at 641-752-7162, ext 107.
Weatherization Assistance Program
In the mid-1970s, MICA began helping families lower utility costs by increasing their homes' energy efficiency. Today, MICA weatherizes more than 100 homes every year.
The repairs our weatherization teams make to homes are determined by preliminary energy audits, during which the auditor:
- tests the home for the presence of carbon monoxide (CO)
- checks chimneys for proper draft
- conducts combustion safety tests on appliances such as water heaters, furnaces, and stoves
- checks the home for air tightness
- checks the home for existing insulation
- meters refrigerators and freezers for electricity use
A specialized computer program called NEAT (National Energy Audit Technology) analyzes the information collected during the audit. NEAT identifies home improvements with the highest energy savings per dollar invested. MICA's Weatherization Technicians complete the identified improvements, which may include such strategies as:
- insulation of attics and walls
- sealing air leaks in walls, floors and ceilings
- replacement of unsafe furnaces and water heaters
- replacement of inefficient refrigerators and freezers
- installation of high-efficiency light bulbs
- installation of low-flow faucet aerators or shower heads
- insulation of hot water pipes
What Weatherization Cannot Do
The Weatherization Assistance Program has a great reputation for saving energy and keeping more money in your savings account! However, there are some things our weatherization program cannot do. The program will not do any of the following:
- remodel or renovate homes
- install storm doors or windows
- repair or replace roofs or siding
Find out if you qualify
For more information on MICA's Weatherization Assistance Program, please contact your local county Family Development Center.