Family Resource Center

100 1st Street Northwest, Mason City, IA, USA

Phone 6414237766 | Fax 6414237767


The FaDSS (Family Development and Self-Sufficiency) Program is a supportive service to assist Family Investment Program (FIP) families with significant or multiple barriers to reach self-sufficiency. FaDSS partners with PROMISE JOBS, an employment and training program for families receiving cash assistance through FIP. FaDSS provides services that promote, empower, and nurture families towards economic and emotional self-sufficiency.

Services:

  • Home visits
  • Goal setting
  • Advocacy
  • Family training and counseling
  • Family assessment
  • Referral services

Eligibility:

Families who receive FIP benefits and have significant barriers to self-sufficiency are eligible for service.

Intake Process:

Referral to FaDSS is made through the Department of Human Services, PROMISE JOBS Program, other third-party sources, and self-referrals.

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: Yes


Healthy Child Care Iowa supports registered nurse child care health consultants (CCHC) throughout Iowa. The child care nurse consultants provide on-site consultations, technical assistance, and training to child care providers. Businesses may call or send questions to a child care nurse consultant about health and safety policies, health programs, health of personnel, and specific child health or safety issues.

There is also a toll-free talkline available to child care providers and families for health related questions and to be connected to a child care nurse consultant. The Healthy Families Hotline number is 1.800.369.2229. Multiple language interpretation is available.

Services:

  • Assessment of the child care environment for health and safety policy and practices
  • Review of child health portion of enrollment record for health status of child, and identify overall health and safety needs of the whole group of children enrolled in child care
  • Program planning with child care providers to meet the National Health and Safety Standards for Out-of-Home child care
  • Issues specific consultation for identification of health and safety needs
  • Technical assistance for specific problems or need areas
  • Training of child care providers on health and safety issues
  • Assist child care providers in drafting policy or procedures pertaining to health and safety
  • Audit of immunization records, incident reports, etc.

Services are provided in licensed child care centers, registered child development homes, preschools, Head Start or Early Head Start, and non-registered child care homes.

Eligibility:

Services are available to all Iowa child care providers and families.

Intake Process:

Contact your local Child Care Nurse Consultant or Child Care Resource and Referral.

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: Yes


The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally-funded program by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) designed to assist low-income families meet the cost of home heating. LIHEAP provides a one-time payment to the heating utility department.

This program is not designed to pay a household’s total energy costs, but to provide assistance in the payment of residential heating costs for eligible households. Households who reside in subsidized housing that are individually metered and responsible for paying their primary heating costs are eligible. Subsidized households that are master metered are usually not eligible to receive assistance benefits

Services:

  • Utility payment assistance

Eligibility:

A household may qualify for assistance if the household’s income falls under 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Intake Process:

Applications are accepted on a first come/first served basis at a local community action agency from November 1 through April 30 (October 1 for households with elderly/disabled member). Complete the application and return it to the local community action agency. Applications may be available to be completed online through the local community action agency. Applicants must provide proof of income, Social Security numbers for each household member, and the household's most recent heating or electric bill.

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: Yes