The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) programs help develop viable urban communities through projects that principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons, including public facility, affordable housing, and other eligible activities listed in the Applicant Guide.

Funds Available

Federal funding has not yet been awarded, so numbers are subject to change. However, the City of Iowa City expects to have available approximately $1,500,000 in FY22 federal funds (including entitlements and program income) from HUD (excluding CDBG-CV). The City has approximately $573,000 available for allocation to recipients after Council set-asides have been removed for economic development, housing rehabilitation, CHDO reserve, CHDO operating, administration, neighborhood improvements, and Aid to Agencies. Of this amount, approximately $348,000 must be used for HOME eligible activities, which focus on affordable housing activities: rehabilitation or new construction of rental housing, tenant-based rent assistance, and homeownership opportunities. The remaining $225,000 may be used for housing or public facilities projects.

The application for CHDO set aside and operating funds will open at a later date to align with the annual CHDO certification period which typically occurs in February. 


Please review the application guide below for detailed instructions on how to apply: 

FY22 CDBG/HOME Application Guide

FY22 CDBG/HOME Application

FY22 CDBG/HOME Financial Verification


The application window will be open from December 28, 2020 to January 29, 2021 at noon. Late applications will not be accepted. A tentative timeline is available below:

FY22 Timeline (Dates Subject to Change)

Need Assistance?

Join us for a virtual applicant workshop at the dates below where staff will be available to answer questions.  Applicants may request additional assistance by contacting Brianna Thul at 319-356-5240 or


Virtual Applicant Workshop 1

January 7, 2021 11:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Zoom Meeting Link:

Meeting ID: 859 5744 6690

Passcode: 348930


Virtual Applicant Workshop 2

Time: Jan 12, 2021 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Zoom Meeting Link:

Meeting ID: 833 1617 0685

Passcode: 219295


If you need disability-related accommodations to participate in this program or event, please contact or 319-356-5240. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs. 

CHDO Certification Application

CDBG-CV Funds - 2nd Allocation

In response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19), the City of Iowa City anticipates receiving $686,610 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) funds from the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) to be used specifically for a community response to the Coronavirus.  Nearly $300,000 was made available for eligible public service projects within the City of Iowa City that aid in the prevention of, preparation for, and response to the Coronavirus. All applications must also meet a National Objective, Eligible Activity, all federal CDBG requirements, and fulfill one of the following activities:

  • Homeless prevention & services
  • Child care services
  • Mental health services
  • Food assistance

Applications were due on Monday, December 14th.  Submitted applications are under review.

More information can be found in the CDBG-CV Application Guide.

Summary of CDBG-CV Applications - 1st Allocation

COVID-19 Housing Assistance Programs

There are currently local resources available to assist households who have lost wages due to COVID-19.

Emergency Housing Assistance flyer

If you need assistance and your household is below 80% of the area median income (eligibility chart), the City encourages you to Contact Shelter House at 319-351-0326.  Shelter House administers several different housing relief programs, including housing eviction and foreclosure prevention with funds through the City's CDBG-CV program.  The program can assist with up to 6 months of rent, mortgage, or utility assistance.  If you have received State assistance, you can apply for this program after their assistance ends and there is no duplication of benefits. 

      Aid to Agencies

      Emerging Aid to Agencies Funding

      Aid to Agencies (A2A) provides flexible operational funding for nonprofits providing public services. Up to five percent of Aid to Agencies funding may be made available for “emerging” agencies, i.e. agencies that are not designated as Legacy Agencies in City Steps 2025, the City's Consolidated Plan (available below). 

      Applications are currently being accepted from December 28, 2020 to January 29, 2021 at noon. No late applications will be accepted.

      Legacy Aid to Agencies Funding

      Aid to Agencies provides flexible funding for agencies providing public services to low-income residents of Iowa City.  Eligible organizations are those that are identified as a Legacy Agency in City Steps 2025 Consolidated Plan (p150). Due to COVID-19's impact on service providers, there will be no application process for FY22 Legacy funds. Legacy Agency funding requests will carry over from FY21 and allocation amounts will be prorated based on the program budget.

        Aid to Agencies Final Reports

        Final reports for the previous fiscal year include programs/projects supported by city funding, agency successes and challenges, and demographics of residents served.

        References for CDBG/HOME:

        Affordable Housing Location Model

            Consolidated Plan (City Steps)

            This five-year plan guides the allocation of funding for housing, jobs and services for low-to-moderate income persons.

            Annual Action Plans

            The Annual Action Plan describes the federally funded activities of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Programs (HOME), among others, to be undertaken by the City during the fiscal year (July 1 to June 30). The plan is a sub-part of Iowa City's Consolidated Plan titled, City Steps.

            Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report (CAPER)

            A U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development required report that describes the federally funded activities and accomplishments.

            Housing Studies

            Other Planning Documents

            Environmental Reviews

            None at this time.