BLACK HAWK COUNTY, Iowa (KWWL) -- As things shut down to prevent the spread of COVID-19, many people are finding themselves unemployed.
According to the Cedar Valley United Way, the 211 call centers received 386 calls from Black Hawk County between March 8 and March 24. While 258 were COVID-19 questions, the rest were about things like rent, food and employment.
With the beginning of April just days away, rent and other payments come due. It could be hard to make those payments, but there is help available.
Koleen Schipper, Coordinator for Black Hawk County General Assistance, said they haven't received many calls into their office about rental assistance due to COVID-19, but they are ready when those calls do eventually come.
“There’s a lot of anticipation on what may or may not happen. Nobody really knows at this point, how urgent the needs are going to be or how fast they’re going to hit," she said.
Black Hawk County General Assistance distributes money through third-parties like Operation Threshold, the Jesse Cosby Center and Eastside Ministerial Alliance.
Jesse Henderson at the Jesse Cosby Center said they also haven't had many calls about rent, instead it has been about food.
"Most of the calls we've had have been for food assistance. We really haven't gotten into the rent assistance and things like that, but we anticipate it will probably start picking up," said Henderson.
More information on where to find assistance can be found here.