Iowa Public Housing Waiting Lists

Housing Authority Wait List
Corning Housing CommissionOpen
Charles City Hsg And Redev AuthorityOpen
Afton Housing CommissionNot Open
Ottumwa Housing AuthorityOpen
Stanton Housing CommissionNot Open
Lone Tree Housing CommissionNot Open
Low Rent Housing Agency of HamburgNot Open
Low Rent Housing Agency of SidneyNot Open
Malvern Low Rent Housing AgencyNot Open
Low Rent Housing Agency of FarragutNot Open
Low Rent Housing Agency of Sioux CenterOpen
Tabor Low Rent Housing AgencyNot Open
Low Rent Housing Agency of WaverlyOpen
Low Rent Housing Agency of OnawaNot Open
Low Rent Housing Agency of BurlingtonOpen
Chariton Housing AuthorityOpen
Low Rent Housing Agency of WintersetNot Open
Shenandoah Low Rent Housing AgencyOpen
Des Moines Municipal Housing AgencyOpen
Municipal Housing Agency of ManningNot Open
City of Iowa City Housing AuthorityOpen
Municipal Housing Agency of Council BluffsOpen
Essex Low Rent Housing AgencyNot Open
Low Rent Housing Agency of Mount AyrNot Open
Low Rent Housing Agency of LeonNot Open
Low Rent Housing Agency of BancroftOpen
Low Rent Housing Agency of Missouri ValleyOpen
Keokuk Housing AuthorityOpen
Lenox Low Rent Housing AgencyOpen
Clarinda Low Rent Housing AgencyOpen
Evansdale Municipal Housing AuthorityOpen
Centerville Municipal Housing AgencyOpen
Low Rent Housing Agency of Red OakOpen
Davenport Housing CommissionOpen
Rock Rapids Municipal Housing AgencyOpen
Fort Madison Housing AuthorityOpen
Muscatine Municipal Housing AgencyOpen
Waterloo Housing AuthorityOpen
Villisca Low Rent Housing AgencyOpen
City of Clinton, Iowa Housing AuthorityOpen
Fort Dodge Municipal Housing AgencyOpen
Albia Housing AgencyOpen
Southern Iowa Regional Housing AuthorityOpen
Low Rent Housing Agency of KnoxvilleOpen
Area XV Multi-County Housing AgencyOpen
Eastern Iowa Regional Housing AuthorityOpen
North Iowa Regional Housing AuthorityOpen
Central Iowa Regional Housing AuthorityOpen

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About Public Housing

Public housing is the oldest form of Federally assisted housing dating back to Roosevelt's New Deal in the late 1930's. Though the average citizen commonly refers to any government assisted housing as “public housing”, Public Housing is just one Federal housing program among many.

The Public Housing program is managed at the National level by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Federal subsidies provided under the program provide for the development and construction of the housing and the ongoing operations. Any resident in a Public Housing unit has a rent that is determined by their income. The Federal operating subsidy for each property offsets the portion of a resident's rent that is above what they can afford.

Public Housing communities are owned and operated locally by Public Housing Authorities (PHA). There are currently 9,666 Public Housing communities in the United States containing 1,170,246 rental units. These properties are operated by 3,136 different Public Housing Authorities across America.

In Iowa, 48 Public Housing Authorities operate 4,035 public housing rental units in 70 apartment buildings or communities.

Often, Public Housing is oversubscribed and there aren't enough apartments to serve every low income renter in need. In these cases, a PHA will create a public housing waiting list. Interested renters apply to the housing authority that manages the public housing apartment property they are interested in living in. The renters name is placed on a waiting list and when the next rent subsidized public housing unit comes available, the property manager will select the first name on the waiting list.

In Iowa, out of 48 housing authorities that operate at least one Public Housing complex, 14 housing authorities do not have even one public housing waiting list open and 34 have at least one of their public housing waiting lists open.