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UniverCity Neighborhood Partnership

 UniverCity Neighborhood Partnership

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Lucy Joseph
Neighborhood Services/Code Enforcement Specialist
City of Iowa City
David Powers
Housing Rehabilitation Specialist
Community Development
City of Iowa City

City of Iowa City
Friends of Historic Preservation
Home Builders Association of Iowa City
Iowa City Housing Authority
ReStore/Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity



Hills Bank & Trust

MidWest One Bank

University of Iowa Community Credit Union

The UniverCity Neighborhood Partnership is an effort by the City of Iowa City focusing on neighborhoods located near the University campus that retain a single family character and a demand for single family housing, but that also have a large renter population. The program is dedicated to ensuring that the neighborhoods surrounding downtown and the University of Iowa campus remain vital, safe, affordable and attractive places to live and work for renters and homeowners.

As the program progresses, we hope to offer additional homebuyer incentives and home improvement and preservation programs to encourage University employees and others employed in the downtown and campus area, to live in these neighborhoods. The program will also consider incentives to encourage quality, affordable rental housing close to downtown and campus, as well as neighborhood-based efforts to work with landlords to promote attractive and well-managed rentals.

About UniverCity Neighborhood Partnership

UniverCity Neighborhood Partnership is targeted to affordable, owner-occupied housing. The City has acquired and rehabilitated homes in designated neighborhoods surrounding the University of Iowa and downtown Iowa City.


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Learn more about how the program works, and to find out if you qualify:

UniverCity Neighborhood Partnership Brochure




 UniverCity Neighborhood Partnership Program Application


UniverCity Property Maps



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Spotlight Interviews

City Manager Tom Markus visits with Community Development Coordinator Steve Long about this partnership between the City and the U of I to encourage home ownership in neighborhoods close to the University

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Community Development Coordinator Steve Long takes Mary Bryant on a tour of one of the homes recently renovated as part of the UniverCity Neighborhood Partnership.

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