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.

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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