Twenty-eight Iowa City families and individuals previously facing housing needs have permanent housing now thanks to Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHV) secured by the Iowa City Housing Authority.
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 allowed the Department of Housing and Urban Development to allocate additional vouchers to Public Housing Agencies. Due to the strong, organized Coordinated Entry system in Johnson County, the Housing Authority was able to partner with Shelter House and the Iowa Balance of State Continuum of Care (CoC) to quickly secure 69 vouchers.
The vouchers provide tenant-based rental assistance to persons and families who are:
- At risk of being unhoused
- Fleeing - or attempting to flee - domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking
- Recently unhoused
The 28 qualifying families are under lease, effective Oct. 1, 2021. Since July 1, 2021, 63 of the 69 Emergency Housing Vouchers have been issued.
A nationwide survey of housing authorities conducted in mid-August showed that the Iowa City Housing Authority - working in collaboration with Shelter House - was one among the 44 housing authorities out of 626 (7 percent) to have successfully issued Emergency Housing Vouchers and provided housing to qualifying families and individuals.