The Community Development staff administers a variety of programs through the City's receipt of federal HOME and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grant dollars. Services include innovative housing programs, small business services and various public amenity improvement projects.

The Community Development office also operates the UniverCity Neighborhood Partnership program, a housing rehabilitation program for income-eligible homeowners, and they work with the Economic Development Division to assist businesses with start-up or expansion needs through the use of the CDBG funded Economic Development Fund.

Fair Housing Study

The City of Iowa City is currently preparing a Fair Housing Study, also called an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The study will help the City identify barriers to fair housing choice in the community and develop strategies to address those issues. Its findings will guide the City in taking meaningful actions to overcome historic patterns of segregation, promoting fair housing choice, and fostering an inclusive community free from discrimination. Completion is expected in May 2019.

Fair housing is the right to choose housing free from unlawful discrimination. Renters, homebuyers, and those seeking financing or insurance in Iowa City are protected from housing discrimination based on age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, marital status, familial status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, presence or absence of dependents or public assistance as a source of income.

We are currently conducting a survey to identify barriers to fair housing choice. You can find the survey online here. Those without internet access can use wifi or computers located at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St. or in the Neighborhood and Development Services Office at City Hall, 410 E. Washington St. People may also request surveys be mailed with a self-addressed pre-stamped envelope. To request a mailed copy, call 319-356-5022. For information about the survey, contact Stefanie Bowers.

Additional information will be added here as the study progresses. 

Boards, Commissions, Task Forces, & Committees

The Community Development Division provides staff assistance to these entities. Click for contacts, members, meeting agendas and minutes.

  • Housing and Community Development Commission (HCDC)
    • A nine person, City Council appointed, commission that assesses and reviews policies and planning documents related to the provision of housing, jobs, and services for low and moderate income residents in Iowa City. 
  • Johnson County Local Homeless Coordinating Board
    • The JCLHCB is the designated body to initiate, address and coordinate policy at the local level with the goal to eliminate homelessness in Johnson County. Contact: Crissy Canganelli at Shelter House,


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