General Assistance

The public health of our community is of the utmost importance that is why our office is currently closed to the public. However, it is important that we maintain a high level of service while keeping staff and customers safe. As always, you may contact our office at 319-892-5850 Monday – Friday. Phones will be answered from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the building closure.

We appreciate your patience during this unprecedented time and we thank all of Linn County for your continued support.

County General Assistance provides temporary assistance to low income Linn County residents who are ineligible for or awaiting approval from federal or state assistance programs according to Linn County Ordinance.

Core Functions

General Assistance serves individuals and families in Linn County who are experiencing a financial crisis. Up to $450 of assistance can be provided for the following:

  • Rent or Mortgage Interest
  • Utility bills
    • Water 
    • Electricity 
    • Gas 
  • Burial Assistance (up to $1,000)

Applicants may also receive a voucher for food and non-food items at Hy-Vee, Fareway or Save-a-lot, or a one-month bus pass for the City of Cedar Rapids Transit, if approved for assistance in one of the areas listed above.

General Assistance can assist temporarily or provide ongoing assistance depending on the situation. Please refer to the FAQ section for more information.

Assistance Eligibility

These are the primary eligibility requirements. Please contact our office as there may be additional requirements based on your individual situation.

  • Must be at least 18 years of age and a legal resident of Linn County
  • Earn below 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Line
    • $1,063 for a single adult
    • $1,437 for a multiple person households
  • Cannot be receiving Social Security (can be in the process of applying for assistance) 
  • Cannot have quit or have been terminated from a place of employment within the last 30 days, unless it is the result of a documented health issue
  • Cannot be a full-time student

Call our office Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 319-892-5850 to see if your individual situation meets all the requirements for assistance.

Additional assistance can be found through the Linn County Community Services Resource Sheets or on the United Way 2-1-1 website.