City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department

350 West 6th Street, Suite 312
Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa 52001

City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department is a Public Housing Agency in Dubuque, Iowa that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), Moderate Rehabilitation, Homeownership Voucher, and Family Self-sufficiency programs. As of September 17th, 2019, City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department has 3 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Dubuque, Iowa Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Assisted Living Senior Project-Based Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Moderate Rehabilitation Waiting List is open indefinitely.

City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department serves Dubuque.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Dubuque, Iowa Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Assisted Living Senior Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Moderate Rehabilitation Open Until Further Notice

Open City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Dubuque, Iowa Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department (CDHCDD) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open on the second Tuesday of each month, from July 9, 2019, until further notice. It was last open for one week in February 2018; and before that in April, 2015.

There are four ways to apply:

  1. Complete the online application here from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. CT.
  2. Pick up the application at the CDHCDD office, located at 350 W. 6th Street, Suite 312, Dubuque, IA 52001; from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Wednesday and Friday; and from 9:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday.
  3. Call (563) 589-4230 to request an application by mail; from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Wednesday and Friday; and from 9:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday.
  4. Send an email to housing@cityofdubuque.org.

Once the application has been completed, it must be dropped off on the second Tuesday of each month at the CDHCDD office, located at the address above.

There are no preferences.

50 applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery each month.

For more information, read the CDHCDD public notice, or visit the CDHCDD website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (563) 589-4230.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 09/08/2019.

Open Until Further Notice: Assisted Living Senior Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Senior Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department (CDHCDD) Elderly or Disabled Assisted Living Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list is currently open, since at least June, 2019, until further notice.

Please note: The CDHCDD Section 8 Project-Based Voucher program offers 1 and 2-Bedroom assisted living units at The Rose of Dubuque.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Complete the online application here.
  2. Download and print the application online here. Select the "Click here to apply for the Project Based Voucher Waiting List" link.

For more information, visit the CDHCDD Project Based Voucher page, or the CDHCDD website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (563) 589-4230.

Last Updated on 06/27/2019.

Open Until Further Notice: Moderate Rehabilitation Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Waiting List

The City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department (CDHCDD) Moderate Rehabilitation waiting list is currently open, since at least June, 2019, until further notice.

Please note: The CDHCDD Moderate Rehabilitation program offers 1-Bedroom units for near-elderly (55+) or disabled households, and 2-Bedroom units for families.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Complete the online application here.
  2. Download and print the application online here. Select the "Click here to apply for the Moderate Rehabilitation Program" link.

For more information, visit the CDHCDD Moderate Rehabilitation Program page, or the CDHCDD website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (563) 589-4230.

Last Updated on 06/27/2019.

About City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department

More information about City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department can be found on its website at http://www.cityofdubuque.org/618/Housing-Community-Development. Representatives of City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department may be available by phone at (563) 589-4230. Unless otherwise noted applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 09/17/2019, it is not known if City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department manages 821 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 740 10 6 28 37
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $463 $297 $311 $1,049 $363
Monthly Cost $342,918 $2,974 $1,866 $29,378 $13,432

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 26% having issued approximately 35 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years and 11 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 26 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.2 persons and has a household income of $11,297 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 78% were extremely low income (ELI). 26% of households had wages as a major source of income, 6% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 58% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

7% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 56% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 17% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 20% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 3% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

47% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 44% of households with children have a female head of household. 78% of all households were headed by a female.

45% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 41% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department Housing Choice Voucher program, 24% include at least one person with a disability. 37% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 60% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

40% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 34% with 2 bedrooms and 26% with 3 or more bedrooms. 12% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department voucher holders in 2016 was $283 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $526. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $122.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.