Council says Cities Must Work Together to Address Affordable Housing
IOWA CITY — City councilors unanimously agreed there is a need for more affordable housing and cities though Johnson County must collaborate to address the issue.
Councilors agreed to flesh out ideas of how the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County, an organization with representatives from local governments, could approach the Housing Trust Fund of Johnson County to create a regional approach affordable housing strategy. The ideas would be presented at a November MPO meeting.
Affordable housing is a topic leaders in Iowa City have attempted to tackle over the last few years. City officials have acknowledged the need for more affordable housing and a 2007 study quantified the need. The Iowa City School District has also tried to address student poverty rates, measured by the disparities in free-reduced lunch rates.
Councilor Susan Mims noted the school districts situation as a reason other municipalities across the county should "step up to the plate with us" to address providing low-income housing.
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