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COVID-19 Iowa Eviction & Foreclosure Assistance Still Available

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Assistance is still available for Iowa homeowners and renters through the COVID-19 Iowa Eviction & Foreclosure Prevention Program. Announced yesterday, the maximum mortgage payment assistance has increased from a maximum of $3,000 to $3,600. The maximum rental assistance payment remains unchanged.


  • Current renters and homeowners that are at risk of eviction or foreclosure due to a documented COVID-19 related loss of income on or after March 17, 2020.
  • Household income at the time of application may not exceed 80% of the median family income, which varies by household size and county, a listing of income limits is available here.
  • Additional eligibility information is available here.


  • Rental assistance for up to four months. This can include months in arrears, no earlier than the April 1 rent payment, ($3,200 maximum).
  • Includes manufactured home rent and lot rent
  • Mortgage payment assistance, including up to four months (this can include up to two months in arrears) beginning with April 1 mortgage payment, ($3,600 maximum).


Additional program details and the application are available here.


The number of Iowans assisted through the program to date, can be found on the EFP Reporting Page.

Tags:  COVID-19  IFA 

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2020 WTFAP Grant Application Now Available

Posted By IAMU, Thursday, August 20, 2020

“The 2020 Wastewater and Drinking Water Treatment Financial Assistance Program (WTFAP) application is now available. 

Grants will be awarded to water and wastewater projects based on the following priorities: 

  • Disadvantaged communities
  • Projects that will significantly improve water quality in their watershed
  • Projects that use alternative wastewater treatment technologies (all projects proposing alternative technologies must be approved by DNR)
  • Communities with the highest sewer or water rates
  • Projects that use technology to address nutrient reduction
  • Projects that will improve source waters for drinking water utilities.”

 There is approximately $2 million available in this program, which is a part of the Senate File 512 legislation.  It is not related to the State Revolving Loan Fund projects.

The application (accessed via the black button mid-page) is due by September 25th.

The grant awardees are determined by a committee consisting of the Secretary of Agriculture (or designee), the Executive Director of the IFA (or designee), and the Director of the DNR (or designee). 

Please contact the IFA Water Quality Team with questions.

Tags:  iDNR  IFA  WTFAP 

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Toolbox Talk - What are Whip Checks?

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 19, 2020

The latest edition of IAMU's Toolbox Talks - What are Whip Checks? is now available.

Click here to download it.

Other Toolbox Talk articles are available here.

If you have a Toolbox Talk idea, please send it to Margret Meade.

Tags:  Safety  Toolbox Talk 

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AttorneyConnect Program Available to IAMU Safety Group Members

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Don’t let your unanswered employment questions turn into employment problems.

Termination. Sexual harassment. Due process. Employee handbooks. Workers’ compensation. Too often these employment-related issues end up in court cases.

EMC Insurance Companies and the AttorneyConnect program can help answer your employment law questions and resolve issues before they end up in court. AttorneyConnect is a proactive program designed especially for Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU) Safety Group members who want to make the right employment decisions.

Under the AttorneyConnect program, IAMU Safety Group members can receive legal consultation on the issues faced by employers every day at no additional cost. Not only does AttorneyConnect help municipalities and municipal utilities solve employment problems, but it helps avoid them in the first place.

Click here for more information.

Tags:  AttorneyConnect  EMC  IAMU Safety Group Insurance Program 

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Social Media Strategies for Utilities Webinar Series Presented by Chris Snider of Chris Snider Design

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Are you taking advantage of social media to communicate with customers and citizens? This webinar series aims to provide you with ways to identify and connect with your audience, develop content for platforms, and where social media is trending today.

Series Topics & Schedule:

September 9, 2020 - “Who is Your Audience & What Do They Need From You?”

September 16, 2020 - “Writing Better Content for Social Media”

September 23, 2020 - “Social Media Trends & How Social Networks Work in 2020”

Time: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. each week

Cost: FREE for IAMU Utility Members

About the Presenter:

Chris Snider has spent his career pushing for innovative and creative ways to tell and present stories in print and online. He’s currently an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Drake University in Des Moines. Chris has a degree in journalism from the University of Iowa and an MBA from Drake University.

Registration Info: To register, click on the above dates or visit the IAMU Events page HERE.

*The webinar link will be sent to the registered participant’s email address. Please note the webinar invite will come from Zoom.*


Tags:  Chris Snider  Social Media  Webinar 

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