Housing Rehabilitation

Community Development Block Grant

Assisting Communities in Providing Available & Affordable Housing

This program assists communities with preserving existing housing stock and creating new housing opportunities. Eligible housing activities include:

  • Owner occupied housing rehabilitation
  • Homebuyer assistance
  • Upper story housing conversion
These programs are funded through the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and must primarily benefit low and moderate income individuals.

Owner occupied rehabilitation is focused on three areas of improvement: Energy efficiency, exterior improvements and the removal of architectural barriers to allow aging in home.  The maximum award amount is $24,999 per unit plus lead hazard reduction & technical services.

The Homebuyer assistance program provides down payment and closing cost assistance to low and moderate income homebuyers. The maximum award amount is $24,999 per unit plus lead hazard reduction & technical services.

The Upper story housing conversion program provides assistance for the conversion of existing downtown building space into new residential units. The maximum award under this program is $500,000. 

  • Projects must primarily benefit low- and moderate income persons (per the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development definition)
  • Non-entitlement cities and counties are eligible applicants.
  • Applications for rehabilitation and homebuyer assistance are accepted on an ongoing basis as funds are available.
  • Upper story housing applications are due on July 31, 2020.  If funds are available after this date, additional application rounds may be announced.
  • Visit iowagrants.gov for application instructions and to apply for funds.

Housing Sustainability Awards

View a map of the communities awarded Housing Sustainability funds and an outline of the projects funded.
For more information, contact:

Joyce Brown