Applications are now being accepted for funding for projects that will address community priorities as identified in the City of Iowa City’s CITY STEPS plan. A total of $350,000 will be available at the start of the new fiscal year on July 1, 2016, with roughly $290,000 earmarked for affordable housing projects, including rehabilitation or new construction of rental housing, tenant-based rent assistance, and homeownership opportunities for income-qualifying individuals and families.

The funds will be part of $1.1 million the City will receive from the federal government through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), including Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME program funding. The remaining $750,000 will be allocated by the City Council for other City programs, including economic development, owner-occupied housing rehabilitation, neighborhood infrastructure, financial assistance for local social service agencies, and the City’s administrative costs.

Two workshops have been scheduled to provide important information about the application and funding process. Individuals, nonprofits and businesses that plan to apply for funds are urged to attend one of the sessions, scheduled Thursday, Dec. 17 at 11 a.m. and Thursday, Jan. 7 at 4 p.m. Both workshops will be held at Emma Harvat Hall in City Hall, 410 E. Washington Street.

Applications are due by noon on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. The Applicant Guide and applications, as well as the City’s 2016-2020 Consolidated Plan (CITY STEPS), which will help steer the allocation process, are available online at Upon request, staff will e-mail or mail the application materials to interested applicants.

The local Housing and Community Development Commission (HCDC) and the City Council will review all applications and conduct a public allocation process to determine which projects will receive funding.

Questions about CDBG and HOME funds or the funding process may be directed to Neighborhood Services staff at 319-356-5230 or

Date of publication

Monday, December 07, 2015