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Iowa City Housing Authority

410 E Washington Street
Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa 52240

Iowa City Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Homeownership Voucher, and Family Self-Sufficiency programs. As of September 27th, 2020, Iowa City Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Iowa, Johnson, and Washington County, Iowa Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Iowa City Housing Authority serves Iowa County, Johnson County and Washington County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Iowa, Johnson, and Washington County, Iowa Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Iowa City Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Iowa City Housing Authority Website: https://www.icgov.org/city-government/departments-and-divisions/housing-authority.

Iowa City Housing Authority Phone: (319) 887-6065.

Open Until Further Notice: Iowa, Johnson, and Washington County, Iowa Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Iowa City Housing Authority (ICHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open, since at least October 22, 2018, until further notice.

To apply, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Elderly, Disabled, Live, Work, or Attend School Locally, Families with Children, Displaced by Government Action, Displaced by Natural Disaster.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the ICHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (319) 356-5400.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/21/2019.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Iowa City Housing Authority (ICHA) Public Housing waiting list is currently open, since at least October 22, 2018, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, complete the online application here.

Once the application has been submitted, be sure to write down the reference number for future reference.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Displaced by government action, displaced by natural disaster in the State of Iowa, families with children who live in the ICHA jurisdiction, elderly or disabled households who live in the ICHA jurisdiction, households with two or more people and no children who live in the ICHA jurisdiction, elderly or disabled households who do not live in the ICHA jurisdiction, families with children who do not live in the ICHA jurisdiction, households with two or more people and no children who do not live in the ICHA jurisdiction.

For more information, visit the ICHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (319) 887-6065.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/21/2019.

About Iowa City Housing Authority

More information about Iowa City Housing Authority can be found on its website at https://www.icgov.org/city-government/departments-and-divisions/housing-authority.

Representatives of Iowa City Housing Authority may be available by phone at (319) 887-6065. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

How To Check Your Waiting List Status

You can check your waiting list status online at http://www.waitlistcheck.com/.

You can check your waiting list status by phone by calling (866)-569-6309.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 8:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am-5:00pm
Thursday 8:00am-5:00pm
Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
HCV Portability Status

As of September 27th, 2020, it is not known if Iowa City Housing Authority is processing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of 10/22/2018, Iowa City Housing Authority is absorbing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program

For more information, visit the Iowa City Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher web page here.

 

Public Housing Program

For more information, visit the Iowa City Housing Authority Public Housing web page here.

 

 

Family Self-Sufficiency Program

For more information visit the Iowa City Housing Authority Family Self Sufficiency web page here.


About the Iowa City Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Iowa City Housing Authority manages 1,287 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2019:

Standard Homeownership Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 1,081 13 12 81 100
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $480 $444 $1,193 $346 $273
Monthly Cost $519,366 $5,767 $14,315 $28,039 $27,329

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Iowa City Housing Authority

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 12% having issued approximately 106 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 10 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 25 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.3 persons and has a household income of $13,680 per year. 98% of households were very low income (VLI) and 83% were extremely low income (ELI). 28% of households had wages as a major source of income, 3% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 62% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

6% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 55% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 17% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

42% of households included children, 11% of which had two adults in the household. 34% of households with children have a female head of household. 65% of all households were headed by a female.

47% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 41% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Iowa City Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 26% include at least one person with a disability. 50% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 66% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

27% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 32% with 2 bedrooms and 41% with 3 or more bedrooms. 29% 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 Iowa City Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $361 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $540. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $82.



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.


Public Housing Apartments Operated by Iowa City Housing Authority

Iowa City Public Housing

2721 Muscatine Ave
Iowa City, Iowa