Crisis & Disaster

Crisis Case Management

Limited Crisis Funds may be available for a utility payment, replacement furnace, water heater, or air conditioner (medically necessary only). 

2020 CSBG Cares Act Application

Please call our Outreach at (800) 873-1899 for more information on the application process, guidelines, and current availability of funds.

Disaster Case Management

These time limited services are available to eligible households to develop and carry out a disaster recovery plan, providing guidance, advice, and referral in obtaining a service. NICAO is also able to assist in obtaining resources from various providers that address a serious need essential to the household to prevent, mitigate or overcome a disaster-related hardship, injury or adverse condition.

Please contact (800) 873-1899 for more information.


United Way Housing Assistance

A partnership between NICAO and the United Way assists low income families who are at risk of being homeless to work towards becoming stable. This program provides self-sufficiency development services to families experiencing financial crisis. It allows for a onetime payment to individual’s landlord or mortgage company to help with stability. Funds are on a limited basis.

Please contact (800) 873-1899 for more information.

 Embrace Iowa

Embrace Iowa is a joint project between Iowa Community Action Partnership and the Des Moines Register designed to help a limited amount of households with needs that are not being met through other programs. Some households are in need of beds, car repairs, or essential appliances. In November and December Embrace Iowa can assist an eligible household with a benefit amount of up to $500. Applicants must meet certain income guidelines and other criteria. Only one application per household is allowed.

For more information about the application process, program guidelines, and current availability of funds, please contact an NICAO Outreach Office or call (800) 873-1899.

Office Locations:

Butler County

Outreach Office
219 N. Mather
P.O. Box 187
Clarksville, Iowa 50619
Phone: (319) 278-4606
Toll Free: (800) 873-1899
Fax: (319) 278-4615

Cerro Gordo County

Family Resource Center
100 1st Street NW, Suite 140
Mason City, Iowa 50401
Phone: (641) 423-7766
Toll Free: (800) 873-1899
Fax: (641) 423-7767

Franklin County

Outreach Office
123 1st Ave SW
P.O. Box 384
Hampton, Iowa 50441
Phone: (641) 456-3431
Toll Free: (800) 873-1899
Fax: (641) 456-3431

Floyd County

Outreach Office
404 N. Jackson
PO Box 473
Charles City, IA 50616
Phone: (641) 228-2893
Toll Free: (800) 873-1899
Fax: (641) 228-2893

Hancock County

Garner Public Library
416 State Street
Garner, IA 50438
Phone: (641) 923-2850
Toll Free: (800) 873-1899
**Call for days and times. Send all mail to Winnebago County Outreach.**

Kossuth County

Outreach Office
117 East Call St
P. O. Box 98
Algona, Iowa 50511
Phone: (515) 295-2531
Toll Free: (800) 873-1899
Fax: (515) 295-2531

Mitchell County

Osage Public Library
406 Main Street
Osage, IA 50461
Phone: (641) 228-2893
Toll Free: (800) 873-1899
**Call for days and times. Send all mail to Floyd County Outreach.**

Winnebago County

Outreach Office
135 School St
PO Box 331
Forest City, IA 50436
Phone: (641) 585-5863
Toll Free: (800) 873-1899
Fax: (641) 585-1803

Worth County

First Lutheran Church
309 9th Street North
Northwood, IA 50453
Phone: (641) 228-2893
Toll Free: (800) 873-1899
**Call for days and times. Send all mail to Floyd County Outreach.**