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The Basic Needs Program

The Basic Needs Program uses funds provided by a variety of donors to help Johnson County individuals and families with basic needs such as:

Housing and Utility Assistance

  • Eligibility: Must be living in Johnson County, Iowa and have a past-due housing, water, or energy bill. If there is a threat of disconnection or eviction, you must be able to pay all but the last $100 on the bill. You can receive financial assistance for housing and utilities up to two (2) times per year. Once you have received assistance, you must wait sixty (60) days to apply again. Unfortunately, the Basic Needs Program cannot help with phone bills, cable bills, insurance bills, taxes, vehicle repairs, or medical bills.

Other assistance

  • Birth Certificates and Identification
  • New Employment Work Items
  • Clothing & Household Items
  • Bus Tickets
  • Eye Exam and Glasses Assistance
  • Prescription Medication Assistance
    • First, apply for the Free Medical Clinic pharmacy program. If the Free Medical Clinic cannot help you, the Basic Needs Program can assist once in a 12-month period with up to $25. Bring a rejection note from the Free Medical Clinic along with your prescription and its cost at your pharmacy to the Food Bank during regular operating hours.
  • Temporary Mailing Address
  • Box Fans
  • Birthday Bags for Children
  • Emotional support (via phone, chat, or text at 1-855-325-4296 or

*Quantities are limited, and individuals can call (319) 351-0128 weekdays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM for more information to sign-up

For more information, please visit The Basic Needs Program website. 

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Student Legal Services

Student Legal Services (SLS) provides free legal advice and low-cost representation to University of Iowa students on a variety of matters including but not limited to: criminal law, landlord/tenant law, small claims, consumer, divorce, and employment. Students can request appointments via the SLS website, or by e-mailing

 Staff is currently seeing students via Zoom and regularly posts relevant COVID-19 updates on its website and on social media (@UIStudentLegal).

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