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 throughout its jurisdiction, including all of Johnson County and portions of Iowa and Washington Counties.

Programs and services

We currently assist more than 1,200 low-income families to acquire and maintain affordable housing through rental and ownership programs. Rental assistance includes the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Veterans' Supportive Housing (VASH), and Public Housing Programs. Homeownership opportunities exist under the Affordable Dream Homeownership Program and the Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program. Participation in all programs requires the family be within federally established income guidelines.

Top five participant head-of-household characteristics:

Disabled and/or elderly (58%), white (56%), households without minors (56%), one-person households (52%) and working families (47%).

The Housing Authority works with approximately 400 landlords. There are 1,215 HCV and 83 VASH vouchers with a total Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) contract in excess of $6 million to landlords within the Housing Authority jurisdiction.