Eastern Iowa is no stranger to recent discussions on affordable housing.
It’s a topic worthy of discussion as numerous studies have proved that communities with adequate affordable housing benefit from improved outcomes in education, health and economic growth. Having an affordable place to call home has many positive ripple effects.
There’s no question that these community outcomes might not be your first thought when discussing an affordable housing project in your neighborhood. That’s why the Iowa Finance Authority is working to bridge the information gap on the neighborhood impacts of affordable housing.
It’s timely that the Iowa Finance Authority’s 2017 HousingIowa Conference will be held in Cedar Rapids. The annual event rotates locations throughout the state each year and is slated to be held Sept. 6-8 at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel Cedar Rapids Convention Complex. The conference will feature experts who will address a number of questions.
• What can be done to address the perceptions of affordable housing?
• What resources are available for Iowa communities?
• What impact does affordable housing have on surrounding property values?
• What is being done to forecast Iowa’s affordable housing needs?
Nearly 800 housing professionals and community leaders will attend the event to discuss affordable housing topics, learn from best practices, address challenges and examine what’s next for the housing industry in Iowa.
The Iowa Finance Authority is the allocating agency for several federal housing programs, including the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program, HOME Program, National Housing Trust Fund and homelessness assistance programs.
These programs help developers build and preserve affordable rental homes for Iowa families and seniors. We also offer mortgage programs and down payment assistance through a network of lenders that allow first-time and repeat homebuyers the opportunity to plant roots in their community.
The Iowa Finance Authority is a self-funded agency; we carry out our mission of enhancing the quality of life for Iowans through public-private partnerships. We work with developers, homeless service providers, lenders, Realtors and an army of passionate affordable housing advocates toward the shared goal of ensuring Iowans have a place they can be proud to call home.
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I invite anyone interested in learning more about affordable housing in Iowa to register and attend. More information is available at HousingIowaConference.com.
• Dave Jamison is Iowa Finance Authority executive director.