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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.

Energy Efficiency

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.

Comprehensive rehabilitation 

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.

Exterior repair 

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.

Residential accessibility 

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.

Eligibility for Owner-occupied Housing Rehab

Additional information is provided on eligibility, financing, and how to apply.

Rental Rehab Program

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

Healthy Homes

Iowa City’s Healthy Homes program provides up to $7,500 per household for repair/replacement of items that contribute to poor indoor air quality. Projects might include repairing plumbing to stop moisture damage, adding or replacing an air conditioner to control moisture and air quality, or replacing carpeted areas with luxury vinyl plank flooring. To qualify households must meet income requirements and include a member diagnosed with a lung disorder such as asthma or COPD.  Preference is given to households with a child under the age of 18 who has been diagnosed with asthma. Both rentals and owner-occupied homes are eligible for this program. For more information, visit our Healthy Homes page.

Sustainability in Housing Rehab

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 Assessment 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 assessment the participant will receive LED light bulbs, low flow aerators in the kitchen and bathrooms, pipe insulation for water heater, and taping of ducts in basement.

Energy assessments are available to all residents at no cost. To schedule, contact Green Iowa AmeriCorps at 319-339-5399 or greeniowaIC@gmail.com.