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Affordable Housing In Iowa City
Johnson County, Iowa

24 Low Income Apartment Communities In Iowa City

Diamond Senior Apartments Of Iowa City

1030 William St
Iowa City, Iowa
$421
1 BR
Market Rate
55+

Autumn Park Apartments ~ Iowa City

913 Willow St
Iowa City, Iowa
Subsidized

Birch House

745 Pepper Dr
Iowa City, Iowa
Subsidized
Accessible
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing

Systems Unlimited Group Homes

939 Pepper Dr
Iowa City, Iowa
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Systems Sandusky Group Home

645 Sandusky Dr
Iowa City, Iowa
Subsidized
Accessible
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing

Pheasant Ridge Apartments

2626 Bartelt Rd
Iowa City, Iowa
Subsidized

Capitol House Apartments

320 S Dubuque St
Iowa City, Iowa
Subsidized

Ecumenical Towers

320 E Washington St
Iowa City, Iowa
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Whispering Garden

2409 Whispering Meadow Dr
Iowa City, Iowa

Berry Court

2160 Taylor Dr
Iowa City, Iowa

Housing Authorities that serve Iowa City

Housing Authority Programs
Iowa City Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Homeownership Voucher; Family Self-Sufficiency

Guide To Affordable Housing in Iowa City, Iowa

There are 24 low income housing apartment communities offering 1,080 affordable apartments for rent in Iowa City, Iowa.

Income Based Apartments in Iowa City, Iowa

Iowa City features 650 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.

Low Rent Apartments in Iowa City, Iowa

There are 430 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Iowa City.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Iowa City, Iowa

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Iowa City landlords $500 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Iowa City.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Iowa City, Iowa for a two-bedroom apartment is between $932 and $1,140.

2021 Iowa City, Iowa Fair Market Rents and Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards

Fair Market Rents can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Fair Market Rents are used by HUD to establish payment and rent standards for federal rental assistance programs like the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
Iowa City, Iowa Fair Market Rent $735 $803 $1,036 $1,483 $1,794
Iowa City, Iowa Payment Standard Range $662 to $809 $723 to $883 $932 to $1,140 $1,335 to $1,631 $1,615 to $1,973

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Iowa City, IA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 24
Total Low Income Apartments 1,080
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 650
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 52.29%
Average Renter Household Size 2.17
Average Household Size 2.24
Median Household Income $42,375 ±$1,759
Median Rent $865 ±$23
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 58.18% ± 3.6pp
Total Population 71,832

Population and Household Demographics

Iowa City is a city in Johnson County, Iowa with a population of 71,832. There are 28,985 households in the city with an average household size of 2.24 persons. 52.29% of households in Iowa City are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Iowa City

The median gross income for households in Iowa City is $42,375 a year, or $3,531 a month. The median rent for the city is $865 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Iowa City, a household making less than $2,883 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 58.18% of households who rent are overburdened in Iowa City.

Area Median Income In Iowa City

Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.

HUD often uses an area larger than a city to determine the AMI because HUD anticipates those searching for housing will look beyond individual cities during their housing search. For Iowa City, the AMI is calculated from all households within Johnson County.

In Iowa City, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $99,700

Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.

Rental Assistance in Iowa City

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties for elderly and disabled households.

Income Qualifications for HUD Rental Assistance in Iowa City

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Iowa City AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$20,950 $23,950 $26,950 $29,900 $32,300 $35,580 $40,120 $44,660
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Iowa City AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$34,900 $39,900 $44,900 $49,850 $53,850 $57,850 $61,850 $65,850
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Iowa City AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$55,850 $63,800 $71,800 $79,750 $86,150 $92,550 $98,900 $105,300