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Housing Readiness Fact Sheet: Rural Housing Readiness Assessment Process
This fact sheet describes the four steps for completed the Rural Housing Readiness Assessment (RHRA) process, a program offered by the ISU Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development unit. The goals of the RHRA process are to help communities understand the complexities of the housing market and the challenges to improving housing quality, quantity, and affordability; to plan a road map that aligns strategies for addressing these housing challenges; and to act on those plans.
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Housing Readiness Fact Sheet: Assembling a Housing Steering Committee
This fact sheet describes how a community should create a housing steering committee as part of the Rural Housing Readiness Assessment (RHRA) process. Included is information about committee makeup, members' roles and responsibilities through the RHRA process, meeting guidelines, and samples of a resolution and an ordinance to establish the committee.
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Housing Readiness Fact Sheet: Open Meetings and Open Records Laws
This fact sheet will help housing steering committees understand the requirements under open meetings and open records laws and operate accordingly as they work through the Rural Housing Readiness Assessment (RHRA) process.
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Housing Readiness Fact Sheet: Updating City Ordinances
This fact sheet defines city ordinances and describes the process and requirements for updating or amending and publishing them according to the Iowa Code.
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Housing Readiness Fact Sheet: Previous Housing Recommendations Worksheet
This fact sheet is a worksheet on which a housing steering committee going through the Rural Housing Readiness Assessment (RHRA) process can list any previous housing assessments and plans conducted in its community and describe the results.
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Housing Readiness Fact Sheet: Low-Income Housing Tax Credits
This fact sheet defines low-income housing tax credits, describes how they work and who is eligible to apply, and provides tips for obtaining these highly competitive tax credits.
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Housing Readiness Fact Sheet: Manufactured, Modular, and Mobile Homes
This fact sheet defines and describes the benefits of establishing manufactured, modular, and mobile home developments to address housing issues. It also defines land-lease communities and the requirements for regulating these communities.
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Housing Readiness Fact Sheet: Rental Housing Inspection Programs
This fact sheet describes the importance of rental housing inspection programs in helping a community maintain a minimum quality standard for the existing housing stock. It describes why cities should require landlords to register rental properties, the types of rental housing inspection programs, and how to fund such programs.
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Housing Readiness Fact Sheet: Restricted-residence Districts
Iowa Code § 414.24 provides a means for small municipalities to prepare and adopt a version of zoning that is less complex and easier to administer than a conventional zoning plan. Under this approach, the city council establishes areas of the community called “restricted-residence districts,” known also as “restricted residential districts.” This fact sheet describes the advantages and disadvantages and best practices for establishing this type of district.
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Housing Readiness Fact Sheet: Allowing Flexibility in Dimensional Requirements
This fact sheet identifies the problems under Iowa law with granting dimensional variances to allow flexibility in property dimensions. It also describes creative ways to allow flexibility under certain circumstances in the local zoning ordinance to make it easier to build new and rehabilitate existing housing.
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Housing Readiness Fact Sheet: Tax Increment Financing
This fact sheet defines tax increment financing (TIF) and how cities can use it to fund variety of community projects that are designed to encourage economic growth and jobs, including housing developments. It also describes how TIF funds can be used and explains how to set up a TIF district.
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Housing Readiness Fact Sheet: Property Acquisition through Tax Sales
This fact sheet explains how a local government can acquire a nuisance property through tax sales. It also describes the processes defined in the Iowa Code that local governments can use to obtain tax certificates from third parties.
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Housing Readiness Fact Sheet: Iowa Case Studies in Rural Housing Readiness - Infill Housing Development
This fact sheet defines infill housing development and presents the advantages and disadvantages of this type of development. It illustrates examples of infill housing development in Sioux City and describes the steps for creating an infill housing development.
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Child and Family Data for Decision Makers (All 99 Counties )
Data for Decision Makers reports can be generated by visiting the ISU Extension and Outreach Indicators Portal.
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Older Iowans Data for Decision Makers
Data for Decision Makers reports can be generated by visiting the ISU Extension and Outreach Indicators Portal.
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Data for Decision Makers
Data for Decision Makers reports can be generated by visiting the ISU Extension and Outreach Indicators Portal.
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Preparing for a Collaborative Community Assessment
This publication helps community development specialists prepare for collaborative community assessment activities. It discusses characteristics of such an assessment, steps involved, and practical implications.
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