MICA, ALLIANT ENERGY, & IOWA LEGAL AID PARTNER TO PROVIDE FREE LEGAL CLINIC
Mid-Iowa Community Action, Inc. (MICA), Alliant Energy, and Iowa Legal Aid are partnering to provide free legal aid clinics to families in Story, Marshall, Hardin, Tama, and Poweshiek counties who were affected by the August 10 derecho.
There will be virtual clinics held on September 14, 23, and 28. Attorneys from Alliant Energy and other organizations, volunteering through Iowa Legal Aid, will be available by phone and video conferencing to answer questions about home or renter’s insurance policies, home purchasing contracts, FEMA assistance, landlord, tenant, and home repair contracts, and other legal issues related to the derecho.
“Many of the families we’ve helped through case management have had legal questions,” Assistant Family Development Director Josie Stahlin said. “We’re so grateful to Alliant Energy and Iowa Legal Aid for bringing their expertise to our service area to help meet this need!”
Interested individuals can make an appointment by calling MICA at 641-752-7162 and inquiring about the legal aid clinics. If you are already enrolled in MICA’s case management program related to the storm, you can also make an appointment by calling your case manager.
PUBLIC NOTICE - CSBG CARES
NOTICE OF PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT
IOWA COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT CARES SUPPLEMENTAL
DES MOINES – Iowans have an opportunity to review and comment on Iowa’s Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) CARES Supplemental State Plan.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act provides $1 billion in additional funds to the federal CSBG program. The funds are to be used by States and community action agencies to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.
The Iowa Department of Human Rights, Division of Community Action Agencies (DCAA) administers Iowa’s CSBG Program and is authorized by Iowa law to contract and distribute Iowa’s CSBG CARES supplemental funds to Iowa's community action agencies.
Iowa’s CSBG CARES Supplemental State Plan will be available on the DCAA’s website (https://humanrights.iowa.gov/dcaa/csbg/csbg-resources) and the Iowa Community Action Association and Iowa community action agencies’ websites through August 19, 2020. The review and comment period is from August 7, 2020, through August 19, 2020.
SCDC TO CLOSE AFTER 17 YEARS OF SERVICE
MICA WORKING WITH PRIMARY HEALTH CARE TO MAINTAIN DENTAL CARE ACCESS FOR STORY COUNTY RESIDENTS
AMES - The Story County Dental Clinic has experienced a challenging year. Like so many other healthcare and dental providers, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for the clinic, which has been closed to the public since mid-March. After much consideration, the MICA Board of Directors have decided it would not be feasible to re-open the Story County Dental Clinic. Primary Health Care (PHC) has agreed to step in and fill the gap in care for vulnerable Story County residents.
The clinic, which served families in need in Story County for over 17 years, was initially piloted with volunteer dentists and was an innovative community-led initiative. Scaling up to a full-service dental clinic, the program was able to serve vulnerable families by providing a dental home for those who would have otherwise had difficulty finding one.
Clarissa Thompson, MICA’s executive director, stated, “We truly appreciate the strong partnerships we were able to build with the community over the years to serve thousands of people in need of affordable, quality dental care. Now is the right time for this transition and I’m confident this is the right way forward. PHC has an outstanding track record of serving the vulnerable and underserved.”
PHC is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with medical and dental clinics in Des Moines and Marshalltown. They also operate a medical clinic in Ames, located at 3510 Lincoln Way.
Kelly Huntsman, PHC’s CEO stated, “We look forward to providing comprehensive dental services in Story County. We extend our thanks to MICA for the many years they have dedicated to offering dental care to residents in need.” Details and a timeline for opening are still under discussion. PHC expects a 4-6 month gap until they can begin to see patients, largely due to the impact of COVID-19. In the interim, a temporary plan for patients experiencing emergencies is being developed.