State CDBG-CV Funds

The City of Iowa City anticipates receiving $686,610 in CDBG-CV funds through the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Comments are now being accepted on the City's Entitlement CDBG-CV Application to the State and the proposed use of funds. City Council will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, September 15th to consider a resolution approving the application. Please send comments to or call 319-356-5121 by 5:00p.m. on September 15, 2020.  To participate in the public meeting, please follow the instructions on the City Council webpage.

Entitlement CDBG-CV Application


CDBG-CV Funds - 1st Allocation

In response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) the City of Iowa City received $410,422 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through a formula allocation to be used specifically for a community response to the Coronavirus.  Approximately $164,000 was made available for eligible public service and public facility 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

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

Summary of CDBG-CV Applications - 1st Allocation

Applications are currently closed. Please contact for information on future funding availability.

COVID-19 Housing Assistance Programs

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

Emergency Housing Assistance flyer - multiple languages

  • The first place to apply would be through the State of Iowa's Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program. More information can be found at the links below.

Iowa Finance Authority Assistance for Renters and Homeowners

Iowa Finance Authority Program Application

  • If you do not qualify or are unable to access the State's program, CDBG funds are available through CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank for eviction and foreclosure prevention. For assistance with rent, mortgage and/or utilities, contact CommUnity at 319-519-6183.
  • Other resources:
    • Shelter House: If you do not qualify for State or CDBG funds, you may be eligible for local assistance through Shelter House.  For information on this program, please contact Gina Woolsey at or (319) 351-0326.
    • Center for Worker Justice: Funds are available for community members in crisis through the From My Home to Yours program.  For information on this program, please call 319-594-7593

References for CDBG/HOME:


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. In FY21, the City was allocated $697,678 in CDBG funds and $511,786 in HOME funds.  The FY21 application was due January 31, 2020. The FY22 application process is expected to begin in December 2020.

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). 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.

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

      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