Managing Agency Iowa

Program Description

The Family Investment Program (FIP) provides temporary financial and other assistance to low income families with children while they move toward self-sufficiency.

Applicants and participants of FIP must cooperate with the Department’s work and training program, PROMISE JOBS. As a condition of FIP eligibility prior to receiving benefits, applicants must meet with a PROMISE JOBS case manager to develop a self-sufficiency plan known as the Family Investment Agreement (FIA). The FIA outlines the steps the family will take to become independent of FIP assistance. Once FIP is approved, FIP recipients must follow the requirements of the FIA to continue receiving FIP. FIP assistance has a federal lifetime limit of 60 months of assistance received in all states.

General Program Requirements

To be eligible for the FIP program people need to meet financial and non-financial eligibility criteria.  This includes being income and asset eligible, having a minor child, having a Social Security number, cooperating with the Child Support Recovery office, being a United States citizen or have a qualified alien status and being a resident of Iowa. 

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

To apply online, please visit the DHS Online Application for State of Iowa Services (OASIS) online application portal.

Program Contact Information

To learn more about the program, please visit the Cash Investment (Family Investment Program) page.

You may also use the Office Locator Map to find a service center near you.

You can also visit the Office of Family Assistance Help for Families TANF Program Contacts page to find the appropriate state contact(s).

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