The City of Iowa City was recently allocated $410,422 in CDBG-CV funds through the federal CARES Act. Staff is currently reviewing regulatory requirements and working through the plan amendment process in order to utilize those funds for a community response to the pandemic. More details will be posted to this page as they become available.
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. For FY21, the City expects approximately $542,000 to be available in CDBG/HOME funds. Of this, around $448,000 must be allocated to affordable housing activities: acquisition, rehabilitation, new construction, or direct assistance for renter- or owner-occupied housing. The FY21 pre-app was due January 31, 2020. Full applications will be due after funding recommendations are provided the HCDC. Applicants were strongly encouraged to attend one of the following events to learn more about these programs and the application process:
Application Materials are as follows:
References for CDBG/HOME:
- CDBG and HOME Income and Rent Limits
- 2020 ICHA Utility Allowances
- 2019 HUD Utility Allowances
- Part 5 Income Calculation Form for HOME Projects
- Income Survey for CDBG Projects
Aid to Agencies
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). Applications are accepted through the United Way Joint Funding process in August of each year.
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 typically available in December and due in January for the following fiscal year.
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.
Affordable Housing Location Model
- AHLM Map - revised November 2019
- Resolution adopting 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.
- City Steps 2025 (2021-2025 Consolidated Plan) As Amended - Effective July 1, 2020 to June 30. 2025 - approved 1/7/20
- Amendment #1 - approved 5/5/2020
- CITY STEPS (2016-2020 Consolidated Plan) - Effective July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2020 - approved 12/2/2014
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.
- FY21 Annual Action Plan - Part of City Steps 2025 - approved 5/5/2020
- FY20 Annual Action Plan - approved 6/4/2019
- Amendment #1 - approved 5/5/2020
- FY19 Annual Action Plan - approved 5/29/2018
- FY18 Annual Action Plan - approved 6/20/2017
- FY17 Annual Action Plan - approved 5/3/2016
- FY16 Annual Action Plan - approved 6/2/2015
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.
- FY2019 CAPER - HCDC approved 9/19/2019
- FY2018 CAPER - HCDC approved 9/20/2018
- FY2017 CAPER - HCDC approved 9/21/2017
- FY2016 CAPER - HCDC approved 9/15/2016
- Fair Housing Choice Study (Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice) - 2019
- Housing and Equity in Iowa City: Investigating Trends of Housing Inequality in the Iowa City Metropolitan Area - 2016
- Affordable Housing Market Analysis - funded by Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, Tiffin and University Heights
- Report from the Johnson County Affordable Housing Task Force - 2009
Other Planning Documents
- Citizen Participation Plan Update - Part of City Steps 2025
- Citizen Participation Plan - September 19, 2017
- Affordable Housing Definitions - 2016
- Affirmative Marketing Plan - 2013
- Continuum of Care for the Homeless - 2006