More Iowans will be eligible to receive assistance with rent and mortgage payments through the COVID-19 Iowa Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention program, the Iowa Finance Authority announced today. The program’s eligibility criteria have been expanded to allow Iowans who had been receiving $600 a week in federal unemployment stimulus benefits to apply for assistance through the program. The program is available to eligible renters and homeowners who have experienced a documented COVID-19-related loss of income on or after March 17, 2020, and have a household income that does not exceed 80% of the median family income limits for their county at the time of application. The program issues payments directly to landlords and mortgage service providers on behalf of tenants and homeowners. The application period will remain open through the end of the year, or until all allocated funds have been exhausted. More information and applications are available online.