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 housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Homeownership Voucher, Family Self-Sufficiency, Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), and Moderate Rehabilitation programs. As of September 21st, 2021, City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department has 3 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department serves Dubuque.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
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

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Application methods may change, as well. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, you can contact the housing authority directly. Office operations may be different from usual, and it may take days or weeks to get a response.

City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department Website: https://www.cityofdubuque.org/618/Housing-Community-Development.

City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department Phone: (563) 589-4230.

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

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. The HCDD is accepting applications on the second Tuesday of each month, from September 14, 2021 at 12:00 pm CT, until further notice.

There are three ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application here from 12:00 am until 11:59 pm.
  2. Print the paper application here: English | Spanish
  3. Call (563) 589-4230.

Once the paper application has been completed, it must be either:

  1. Emailed to housing@cityofdubuque.org.
  2. Dropped off in the drop box outside the CDHCDD office on the 3rd Floor of the Historic Federal Building, located at 350 West 6th Street, Suite 312, Dubuque, IA 52001.
  3. Faxed to (563) 690-6100.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

For more information, visit the HCDD website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HCDD on September 8, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Dubuque, Iowa.

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 09/16/2021.

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

How To Apply to the Waiting List

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

Please note: According to the HCDD, "Seniors and persons with disabilities who are income-eligible may qualify for rental assistance at 17 specific units located at the Rose of Dubuque, an assisted living facility located at 3390 Lake Ridge Dr."

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

For more information, visit the HCDD 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.

IMPORTANT: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 09/16/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Moderate Rehabilitation Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) Moderate Rehabilitation waiting list for 1 and 2-Bedroom apartments is currently open. The HCDD is accepting applications since at least June, 2019, until further notice.

Please note: According to the HCDD, "This small legacy HUD program provides income-eligible applicants with assistance for 10 specific 1-bedroom units and four specific 2-bedroom units. Applications are accepted at any time for this program, but turnover in the program has historically been very low."

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

For more information, visit the HCDD 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 09/16/2021.

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 https://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 above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 09/21/2021, 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 HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department manages 903 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of June 30th, 2021:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 801 9 14 5 39 2 33
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $524 $483 $677 $309 $1,246 $331 $350
Monthly Cost $420,037 $4,351 $9,477 $1,544 $48,597 $662 $11,548

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.