The Family Investment Program (FIP) provides time-limited cash assistance to needy families as they work towards becoming self-sufficient.
FIP is designed to provide temporary cash assistance. Monthly cash benefits are provided to eligible families up to a lifetime limit of 60 months.
Beside cash benefits, the FIP provides employment and training services for most participants through the PROMISE JOBS — a work and training program that will help you make a plan to support your family on your own.
This plan is called a Family Investment Agreement (FIA) which is essentially a signed agreement between you and the state of Iowa.
- How do I qualify for welfare in Iowa?
To qualify for welfare in Iowa, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen or legal qualified alien.
- Live in Iowa.
- Provide a social security number or proof of application for a number.
- Meet income and resource limits (these vary from program to program).
- Provide all information needed to determine eligibility and benefit level.
- How do I apply for FIP in Iowa?
You may get an application from any local DHS office in the county where you live. Fill out the application and take or mail it to the local DHS office.
For expedited processing, you may also apply online through OASIS — DHS Online Application for State of Iowa Services.
- How long does it take to get FIP in Iowa?
Once your application is filed, you will be contacted for an eligibility interview. The earliest you can get FIP is seven (7) days from the date you submit your application.
If you need assistance for more than 60 months, you may request for “hardship exemption” for an additional 6 months extension.
Fill out a form called “Request for FIP Beyond 60 Months” and turn it in at the local DHS or PROMISE JOBS office.