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Officials in Johnson County make push for more affordable housing

The Iowa City welcome sign located on North Dubuque St., within close proximity to Mayflower...
The Iowa City welcome sign located on North Dubuque St., within close proximity to Mayflower Residence Hall on the University of Iowa campus. (Clark Cahill/The Gazette/File)(KCRG)
Published: Oct. 19, 2016 at 12:22 PM CDT
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The city of Iowa City will commit $500,000 toward affordable housing in the community.

The city council voted 7-0 in favor of giving the money to the Housing Trust Fund of Johnson County at a meeting Tuesday night.

The money will serve households under 80 percent of median income, and units must be located within Iowa City and comply with the Affordable Housing Location Model, according to city documents.

The vote is part of a bigger movement to increase affordable housing across Johnson County. Affordable housing has longtime been discussed in the area, but it became a fiery issue over the summer when construction began on the Rose Oaks apartments to transition them away from lower-income families and towards college students at higher costs.

The Iowa Finance Authority, Housing Trust Fund of Johnson County and the City of Iowa City will celebrate local affordable housing initiatives on Wednesday when the 20,000th unit assisted by the State Housing Trust Fund is occupied in Iowa City.