Program(s) Available For Residents of Worth County


                                  Iowa Department of Human Services
                                                        Office out of Cerro Gordo Co. - servicing Worth County
           Contact Cerro Gordo @      Phone : 641-424-8641        Fax : 641-424-1759          Email: [email protected]
                                                                    Programs offered:
                                                                                             * Food Assistance 
                                                                                             * Child Care Assistance
                                                                                             * Family Investment Programs
                                                                                             * Medicaid
                                                                                             * Hawki - Medical insurance for children under 19 years of age
                                                   Go to and apply for any of these services plus MORE

PHONE - 1-800-873-1899
Emergency Financial Assistance
Has anyone in your household been laid-off?  Have your work hours been reduced?  Need assistance with rent, mortgage, utilities or other bills?  
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance
Provides supplemental assistance based on several factors. Application can be found at

Worth County Ministerial
 This is the Good Neighbor Fund - contact the Worth County Sheriff Office to make a request.

Emergency assistance up to $100.00 per year
Eligibility per person/family 
   Gas - Up to $20.00 (For Vehicle Use Only)
   Groceries  -  Up to $25.00 per person with a maximum of $100.00 
                     (used as a supplement, not to replace Manna or other food distribution service). 
   Meals            Up to $8.00 per meal, per person maximum, can be combined with Motel stay
   Motel            Up to 1 night stay, can be combined with Meal allowance
   Medicine       Up to $125.00 -  can be use for medical care
   Utilities          Up to $100.00 - water, heat, electricity, etc. (No cable TV or cell phones)
                                                               Travelers in need may receive both Motel and Meal Assistance


Call if you are
       * Facing foreclosure
            * Can't make payments.
                        * Falling behind in payments     

Free Tax Return Preparation for You by Volunteers

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (TITA) offers free tax help to low-to moderate-income (generally, $50,000.00 and below) people who cannot prepare their own tax returns.  Certified volunteers sponsored by various organizations receive training to help prepare basic tax returns in communities across the country.  To locate the nearest VITA site call 1-800-906-9887.
                                                                                 Military families and personnel get free tax help! 

Manna of Worth County
Manna of Worth County, along with the help of local charitable organizations and funds, has been able to serve many families.
Located at 94 9th Street North, Northwood.  Those seeking assistance should call 641-324-8588.  All requests are confidential.

Worth County Share Shoppe 

The Share Shoppe is a non-profit organization that provides household goods and clothing to those in need. 
 Donations are requested but not required.  
Hours - Thursday 1pm-4pm
              Saturday 9am-12pm
   If you have an emergency need please call 641-324-1471 and arrangements can be made.

Worth County Transit

The Worth County Transit operates out of the Worth County Public Health office. 
For more information, see our site under Programs - Worth County Transit.

Crisis Intervention Services            

The mission of Crisis Intervention Service is to provide those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault or homicide with professional
confidential service. CIS is a 24-hour service for support, safety and to help prevent violence in our communities through education.

Visit their page at 



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      1000 Central Ave
      Northwood IA 50459
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