Letters to the Editor

Teague will work for disabled, affordable housing

On Oct. 2, vote Bruce Teague for Iowa City Council. With Bruce you get the first member devoted to helping the disabled. In this he represents all citizens because we all suffer a disability, visible or invisible, or we will sometime in our lifetime via aging.

Bruce’s specialty is affordable housing for all people. There is no shortage of housing in Iowa City, just a shortage of affordable abodes. This is one of the main reasons for homelessness — and substandard housing.

Bruce will ensure that the License and Inspections Department inspects Iowa City institutions/group-home facilities that house the severely disabled in a timely manner.

As a council member, Bruce can use his vote to see that builders wishing to build multistory residential in Iowa City reserve at least some as affordable (33 percent of income), including those that meet ADA specifications. In this way, mixed-income housing will be created and maintained.

Iowa City has the highest rental costs in the state, mainly because of the University of Iowa student population. However, students, especially the growing population of nontraditional students, have the same rental problems as the nonstudent population, which is a lack of affordable and suitable housing.

Mary Gravitt

Iowa City

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