Iowa Receives Less Than 2% of Disaster Grants for Social Services

By: Nick Weig, Producer


By Nick Weig

Iowa Governor Chet Culver says the amount Iowa will receive in federal disaster funds to provide social services is unacceptable. As part of the 22-point-3 billion dollars approved for disaster assistance, 600-million will go towards social services. That includes mental health services and crisis counseling.

Of the 600-million dollars the Department of Health and Human Services awarded, 11-million is coming to Iowa. That's less than 2-percent. Senator Tom Harkin says Iowa's portion of the funds is "outrageous." Harkin says there's no reason why Iowa shouldn't have a bigger piece of the pie.

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