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 email@example.com 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.
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.
Applications are currently closed. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- 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.
- 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 email@example.com 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:
- 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
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.
- FY21 CDBG/HOME Funding Awards
- FY21 CDBG/HOME Pre-Applications
- FY21 CDBG/HOME Application Guide
- CHDO Certification
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
- 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