Four Quad-City area agencies are among 35 in Iowa that will receive Emergency Solutions Grant Program funds.
In Scott County
- Family Resources will receive $142,092 for shelter and outreach and $75,600 for homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing, for a total of $217,692.
- Humility Homes and Services, Inc. will receive $200,000 for shelter and outreach, and $273,335 for homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing; for a total of $473,335.
- The Salvation Army Quad Cities Family Services will receive $75,000 for shelter and outreach and $229,119 for homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing, for a total of $304,119.
In Muscatine County
- The Muscatine Center for Social Action (MCSA) will receive $200,000 for shelter and outreach programs, and $140,568 for homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing, for a total of $340,568.
About the program
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Friday that a total of nearly $9 million in assistance is available to assist eligible low-income Iowans at imminent risk of eviction and individuals who have lost housing to quickly regain housing stability, a news release says. The funding also will provide support for homeless-shelter operations. The funds are made available through a supplemental appropriation to the Emergency Solutions Grant program through the federal CARES Act.
“Throughout the pandemic, our focus has always been on protecting the lives and livelihoods of Iowans,” said Reynolds. “The funds announced today will assist those at risk of eviction while also providing support to homeless shelters supporting Iowa’s homeless population at this critical time. I appreciate the continued collaboration with our federal partners in support of the state’s pandemic response.”
“Providing housing assistance for Iowans in need remains a top priority,” said Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Debi Durham. “The ability for Iowans to thrive and prosper begins with a safe, stable place to call home and the program announced today will be essential in helping Iowans get back on their feet.”
The Emergency Solutions Grant program will help to prevent households from becoming homeless because of eviction, assist Iowans who have lost their homes to eviction regain rental housing, and provide homeless shelters with financial support to assist with operations and outreach while they work to serve Iowans in need and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
To be eligible for eviction-prevention assistance to avoid homelessness, Iowans must have an income of 50% of the area median income or less and be at imminent risk of eviction, in addition to meeting other eligibility criteria. To be eligible for assistance in rapidly regaining housing, Iowans must currently be experiencing homelessness.
Examples of assistance available to eligible individuals include rent and utility payments, including in arrears, legal assistance, application fees, security and utility deposits, moving costs, case management and credit repair. All financial assistance is paid directly to landlords and service providers.
Individuals in need of assistance must apply through the Coordinated Entry help line in their area, available along with additional eligibility and program information at iowahousingrecovery.com.
Thirty-five agencies were awarded a total of $8.8 million in Emergency Solutions Grant Program funds. The full list of awards is available here. The assistance will remain available until all funds are exhausted or Sept. 30, 2022.
The Emergency Solutions Grant program is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Iowa Finance Authority in partnership with participating Iowa service agencies.
Lexington woman opens new tax agency in her hometown; Valentine’s Day events planned
TRU Tax office opens in Lexington
Sharicka Holloway Sides is planning a grand opening celebration on Jan. 30 for her recently opened TRU Tax office in Lexington.
The 2008 graduate of Lexington Senior High moved back to her hometown after a stint of living in Georgia to open her business at 364 Dixon St. The local agency opened in December.
“I moved back really because I got an offer to have my own agency, and a majority of my clients are in North Carolina,” she said.
Shortly after high school, Sides began doing her own taxes and helping family members file their annual tax forms. She worked for various tax preparation companies in N.C. and Georgia during the next several years. TRU Tax began in Georgia, she said, and now has agencies in Texas, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Ohio.
“I love to help people,” she said, explaining why she began working in the tax form preparation industry. “My company will be about modifying charges and getting you the most (refund) back as possible. We have so many tools to use. If I can lower your fee or help you get more refund than you did last year, I’m all for it.”
TRU Tax also has credit repair and accounting services. Sides’ Lexington office will concentrate on tax returns, however, and has 10 employees. She said she will refer clients to TRU Tax credit repair and accounting specialists if requested.
Managing a new TRU Tax agency in Lexington is not Sides’ only job. She is also working with her husband, Kevin Sides, to open Kitchen Konects, a catering company. She first opened a food catering business of the same name while living in Georgia. More information about this business venture will be given when the opening date is nearer.
Potential clients can reach Sides or her employees by downloading the My Tax Office app and using code 8925LA, or by calling or emailing (404) 721-3349 and email@example.com.
Charcuterie boards are back for Valentine’s Day
Arts Davidson County is bringing back its charcuterie board fundraiser, but this time with sweets and wine for Valentine’s Day celebrations at home during the pandemic.
The nonprofit staged a New Year’s Eve charcuterie board fundraiser where it partnered with local artists to make the boards and local restaurants to create the food and sell the wine.
“We sold 89 boards for New Year’s Eve,” said Amanda Murphy, events and community coordinator for Arts Davidson County. ” We had a few boards left that we did not sell, so we wanted to do this again for Valentine’s. People loved it.”
While the first fundraiser partnered with a Lexington and Thomasville restaurant, the Valentine event will feature the mostly homemade treats of one Lexington restaurant. Chef John Wilson of Sophie’s Cork and Ale in Lexington will fill the handmade boards with Chocolate pretzel sticks, chocolate-covered strawberries, candied pecans, crunchy peanut butter buckeyes, s’mores Girl Scout cookies, pistachio brittle and Nutella marshmallow fluff.
In addition, Wilson has also partnered with three other Lexington eateries to provide treats. Those treats and businesses are: Chocolate bombs from The Factory – Coffee & Waffles, doughnut holes from Red Donut Shop and swiss rolls from Sinfully Delicious Custom Bakery.
Purchasers will select from six wines when purchasing their charcuterie board at eventbrite.com. The cost is $50. Boards and wine will be ready for pick up at Sophie’s Cork & Ale, located at 23 W. Second Ave., from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 13.
“It’s important to us that we are supporting local businesses with our fundraiser,” Murphy said. “…We’re trying to say stay at home and be safe and stay healthy, but you can still support the businesses in our community.”
Valentine date night dinners planned in small setting at Holt House
The owning partners at the Holt House have planned a Valentine dinner on Feb. 13 at the historic home in Lexington.
Nia Ward, one of three local women who purchased the home in March 2020 to operate it as a wedding and events venue, said she and her partners wanted to provide a way for people to still “go out” for Valentine’s Day but in a safe, socially-distanced way.
Timed, staggered seating will be provided for two to 10 people. Tables will be set up six feet or more apart in all the rooms on the house’s first floor. A party of six to 10 will be provided a private room. There is also an option to purchase a meal and take it home.
Kathleen Watson, owner of Cuisine Kathleen catering, is preparing the meal that features beef tenderloin, seasonal salad, potatoes au gratin, yeast rolls, flourless chocolate torte and a glass of beer or wine. The cost is $50 per person and includes a floral arrangement to take home.
Seating times from 5-7:30 can be made and tickets purchased at holthoucenc.com. Guests may enjoy their private table for up to 1 hour and 45 minutes. Afterward, guests may lounge by the outdoor fire pit and patio area.
– Jill Doss-Raines is The Dispatch trending topics and personality profiles senior reporter and is always looking for tips about businesses and entertainment events, secret and new menu items, and interesting people in Davidson County. She wants to know what people in Davidson County are talking about. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and subscribe to us at the-dispatch.com.
How to Find a Credit Repair Company in New York
Your credit score isn’t something you tend to give too much thought to – that is, until you need to borrow money, rent an apartment, or sign a car lease wherein it may require a credit check.
Suddenly, the fact that you may have missed a bill here and there, fallen behind on payments, and not worried too much about your credit score, will come back to haunt you.
For many people, bad credit can be scary, especially if you’ve never experienced it before. Having bad credit can negatively affect you in all kinds of ways, not just right now, but also in the future. The good news is that this doesn’t have to be a permanent situation, as there are ways you can go about fixing your credit. One of the most effective methods is to work with a credit repair company that understands exactly what steps you will need to take, and how to improve your rating as smoothly and quickly as possible.
So, if you’re looking for a credit repair company in New York and aren’t even sure what you should be looking for, let this act as your guidebook. Here we’ll outline all the most important steps in finding the perfect credit repair company in New York.
Look for a Company with Experience
The first thing to look out for is a company that has credit repair experience. Fixing your credit is a serious matter and not something you want to make mistakes with. This means you need a company that has a proven track record of helping clients, and one that can show real results.
Does the Company Offer a Guarantee?
Besides experience, it’s also wise to ask if the company offers a guarantee on their services. Ideally, it should be a money back guarantee should they not be able to follow through no their promise or guarantee. In other words, they are unable to fix your credit score.
Does the Company Offer a Free Consultation or Evaluation?
It’s also important to look for a company that approaches each case or client on an individual basis. What works for one person may not be the best solution for you. Ask the company in advance if they offer any type of free consultation or evaluation. This gives you a chance to get an idea of the approach they would take, and you can then make a decision if it matches with your needs and wants.
How Long Will it Take to Fix Your Credit?
Any reputable credit repair company should be able to look at your current credit rating, your personal situation, and then give you a rough estimate on how long the process should take. Will it be weeks, months, a year? It’s important to get a realistic idea of what you can expect going forward. Some companies will even offer real-time status updates, which can give you peace of mind knowing that they are working to remedy your credit rating.
Ask What is Needed Of You
While the credit repair company will be doing all the hard work, you will still have a role to play. Make sure to ask what will be expected and needed of you in order for the process to move along smoothly.
What Is the Customer Support Like?
Because you aren’t an expert yourself when it comes to credit repair, there is no doubt you’ll have questions here and there. It’s important to research what the level of customer support is should you have concerns, issues, or questions that you need assistance with.
Inquire Into Various Plans
Here’s a tip you may not think of right away, but it may be helpful. Sometimes it’s not a matter of a credit rating for a single person, rather you need assistance as part of a couple. You can find a robust Couples Plan at Pyramid, a reputable credit repair company. The Couples Plan is actually Pyramid’s most popular plan and boasts a personalized service for two people and specific finance tools for couples, among other features and benefits. It’s a great way to take action as a couple and get some really positive results.
What Will the Company Need from You?
In order to do their job, the credit repair company will need documentation from you, so make sure you are given a list of all the essential items you need to gather. Without all the necessary documents they may not be able to successfully repair your credit score. This is why it’s so important to be keeping careful records at home.
When you do gather all the material for the company, they should also never ask you to lie. Even if it’s not a bold-faced lie, a misleading statement shouldn’t be used either.
Do You Have to Sign a Contract?
While some companies may try to rope you into a contract, there is no reason you have to go with them. Instead, look for a company that doesn’t have contracts or commitments so that you can feel free to leave if you’re not happy.
Asking for Full Payment Up-Front
Another red flag can be a company that asks for full payment up-front. As experts state, these are companies you want to steer far away from.
Read Online Reviews from Other Clients
Finally, you want to take a look at online reviews about any company you are considering using. Although online reviews need to be taken with a grain of salt, they can offer some helpful insight and help to ensure you make an informed decision.
Besides online reviews, you can speak to family and friends who may have worked with a credit repair company in the past and get their insight on the experience they had – both good and bad.
Finding the Company That Will Help You
While it may seem like a lot of things to be mindful of as you look to hire a credit repair company, the fact is that you want your credit score to be repaired quickly and properly, so choosing the right company is key.
Mick Foley debuts new hairstyle inspired by Patrick Mahomes
WWE Hall Of Famer Mick Foley appears to be keeping busy with commercials for national brands.
Foley debuted a new hairstyle on Twitter while promoting State Farm insurance. As seen below, it looks like he has shaved the sides of his head to match Mahomes’ hairstyle.
Foley said he was looking for State Farm’s “Patrick price” but his son, Dewey, informed him that everyone gets the same great rate at State Farm. Check out Mick’s response in the clip below.
On a related note, Mick also recently did an ad for Lexington Law Group credit repair company so perhaps there is a future for him as a spokesman.
Finding out there is
NO PATRICK PRICE at @StateFarm
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) January 24, 2021
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