About the division

The Housing Authority works to improve the quality of life for clients, acting as a community leader on affordable housing by providing information and education, housing assistance, and public and private partnership opportunities. The Housing Authority is a division of the City of Iowa City established in 1969 to administer housing assistance programs. We currently assist more than 1,500 low-income families to acquire and maintain affordable housing through rental and ownership programs. 

Public Housing

Public housing is federally-funded subsidized rental housing for low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) distributes federal subsidies to the Housing Authority, which owns and manages the housing for low-income residents at affordable rents. 

Voucher Assistance

Voucher assistance allows low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities to choose and lease or purchase safe, decent, and affordable privately-owned rental housing.

Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS)

Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) is a voluntary program available to Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) participants. The purpose of the program is to assist families to improve their economic situations and reduce their dependence on welfare programs.

Top five participant head-of-household characteristics:

Disabled and/or elderly (57%), households without minors (55%), working families (49%) one-person households (50%), and white (49%).

Participant briefing video

To learn more about the benefits of a rental assistance voucher and participant responsibilities please view this briefing video.

Iowa City Housing Authority Online Payment System

Make an online payment here.

Community resources

Johnson County Social Services


FY22 Annual Report

Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy (ACOP) 

Iowa City Housing Authority 5 Year Plan 

Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) Administrative Plan

Area Median Income Guidelines

Payment Standards