In honor of National Fair Housing Month, the Iowa Financial Authority (IFA) and Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) are encouraging Iowans to pledge to support the fair housing in Iowa. A variety of housing options provide Iowans the opportunity to live where they work and can generate substantial economic ripple effects for communities. Iowans can visit welcomehomeia.com to learn more about the benefits of Housing for All and to join the many citizens and businesses already pledging their support.
New research by IEDA and IFA found that 72% of Iowans support housing development in their communities to meet growing demand. However, he also revealed that opposition to housing is stopping nearly 1 in 3 housing tax credit projects and significantly altering 1 in 4 other projects in the state, although the majority of Iowans are housing friendly.
“Every Iowan deserves the opportunity to live where they work, and when they can, our employees, communities and businesses thrive,” said Debi Durham, Executive Director of IFA and IEDA. “The state needs 61,000 more homes by 2030 to meet the demands of our robust economy. This is in addition to more affordable options for the nearly 40% of renters and 16% of owners who currently spend more 30% of their income to housing.
April marks the 54th anniversary of the United States Fair Housing Act, which protects individuals from discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status or disability. Actions deemed illegal include refusing to sell or rent accommodation, making accommodation unavailable, setting different terms, conditions or privileges for the sale or rental of accommodation, providing different accommodation services or facilities and falsely denying that a dwelling is available for inspection, sale or rental.
“Race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, or disability should never interfere with a person’s ability to rent or buy a home in Iowa,” said the Governor Reynolds. “Our state embraces diversity of thought and unlimited opportunity for all. This is why we will continue to ensure equitable and accessible housing now and in the future.
The new welcomehomeia.com website gives Iowans a way to make their housing voice heard. In addition to asking Iowans and businesses to log their support for housing, the website features a newly released guide to renaming affordable housing in Iowa, guides to facilitate community conversations, and eye-opening research on perceptions of housing. affordable in Iowa.
“Many hard-working Iowans, including child care workers, EMTs and paramedics, food servers, grocery clerks, nursing assistants and preschool teachers earn less than what they is necessary to afford a market-priced apartment and utilities in Iowa,” said Dan Garrett of the Iowa Housing Partnership. “Various housing options in our communities build the strength and prosperity of the economy so that all Iowans can prosper. We know that when people can live in the communities where they work, there are great benefits for everyone.
According to the National Association of Home Builders, tenants living in an average home tax credit project in Iowa purchase goods and services in their communities, generating an annual recurring economic impact of $15 $.9 million from industries such as wholesale and retail, food and beverage. business and professional establishments and services, among others, in addition to supporting a total of 279 jobs.