The City's housing rehabilitation programs provide zero-interest loans and/or grants to homeowners to aid in making repairs to their homes. Neighborhood Services staff assists homeowners with home inspections, specifying work plans and repairs and obtaining bids from contractors.
Types of Rehabilitation eligible for assistance:
The City offers a variety of different programs to assist with owner-occupied housing rehabilitation. Below are the ways we can help, followed by a link to our Eligibility page.
The Energy Efficiency Program runs Sept. 1 to March 1 based on funding availability. Eligible costs are limited to costs associated with the purchase of a high-efficiency furnace, modification of heating or furnace systems, and insulation. Maximum available funds is $6,000.
For the rehabilitation of a structure in order to meet housing standards of the Iowa City Housing Code. Eligible costs can include furnaces, water, heater, fixed electrical equipment, sanitary fixtures, flooring, roofs, siding, windows, etc. Maximum available funds is $24,999.
Emergency repair assistance
Provides assistance for the correction of major violations of housing code standards which make the structure uninhabitable or unsafe. Maximum available funds is $10,000.
Covers the cost of any exterior repair to the main structure including roof and gutter repair, siding, paint, foundation repair, windows, etc. Maximum available funds is $15,000.
Includes improvements to make a property accessible for homeowners who are disabled. Eligible costs may include ramps, doorway widening, grab bars, handicapped toilets, etc. Maximum available funds is $16,000 per project.
Manufactured home repair
Applies only to repairs of items affecting home safety, such as doors, furnaces, water heaters, plumbing, electrical and steps. Maximum available funds is $5,000 per project.
Additional information is provided on eligibility, financing, and how to apply.
Iowa City now offers Rental Rehab assistance for owners of single family and duplex rental properties in the City’s targeted neighborhoods. Projects can receive up to $24,999 per unit for rehabilitation funded through a zero-interest loan and a grant. For more information, visit our page on the Rental Rehab Program.
Iowa City Housing Rehab works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce energy costs for residents, and improve indoor air quality. Guidelines have been established for incorporating sustainability and energy efficiency into all city-assisted housing rehabilitation projects. Each of these items is dependent on the project's scope and budget. All program participants will receive a free home energy audit through the Green Iowa AmeriCorps to measure the level of air coming into a home and perform basic weatherization, if necessary, to reduce air leaks. During the audit the participant will receive 8 LED light bulbs, low flow aerators in the kitchen and bathrooms, pipe insulation for water heater, and taping of ducts in basement.