City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department

350 West 6th Street, Suite 312
Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa
(563) 589-4230

Program Details

City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department is a Section 8 Agency in Dubuque, Iowa.

City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department serves Dubuque.

City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department Waiting Lists

Dubuque, Iowa Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department (CDHCDD) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. from February 14, 2018 at 8:00 am, until February 20, 2018 at 5:00 pm CT. It was last open for one week in February 2018; and prior to that in April 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Dubuque, IA is about 70 miles northeast of Cedar Rapids, IA.

There were two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Complete an application at the CDHCDD office.

There were no preferences.

1,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery. The waiting list is expected to be two-years long.

For more information, visit the CDHCDD website, or call the office at (563) 589-4230.

Last Updated on 04/16/2018.

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.

HCV Portability Status

As of 06/22/2018, it is not known if City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department is accepting 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 810 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

StandardHomeownershipTenant ProtectionPorted OutNon-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers7031585034
Monthly Cost Per Voucher$438$285$228$970$341
Monthly Cost$308,172$4,275$1,826$48,480$11,610

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.