Housing Affairs Letter


(HOUSING TAX CREDITS) Tax Credits To 15 Iowa Developers

Iowa Finance Authority's board names 15 developers to receive $10 million in low-income housing tax credits. The credits will help finance about 800 affordable housing units throughout the state.

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(MOBILE HOMES) Mobile Home Rule Overhaul Delayed

Action by Iowa lawmakers to tighten rules governing living conditions in manufactured housing is sidelined in the Senate to allow time for more amendments. The chamber began debate in Senate File 252, which

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(CRIMINAL PROBE) Criminal Charges For Mortgage Fraud

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller says he has decided to seek criminal charges against banks caught up in the foreclosure scandal in the state. But it is unclear whether the prosecution will target executives or

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(LIHTC) Iowa Awards $181M In LIHTCs, CDBGs

More than $181.6 million is allocated to build or rehabilitate 1,597 units of affordable housing in Iowa. The awards are grants from the federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program and the

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(FLOODING) Flood Victims To Get Top-Value Aid

Victims of the massive flooding that hit Cedar Rapids, IA in 2008 will be paid 107% of the pre-flood value of their properties in an arrangement between HUD and city officials. Homeowners had

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Sec. 8 Background Checks Spurned

The Ames Housing Governing Board rejects a proposal to initiate national background checks for the city's Sec. 8 housing assistance program, calling the proposal a policy based on fear. The proposal

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Flood Disaster Recovery Plan OKed

HUD accepts Iowa's plan to emerge from this summer's flooding and tornadoes, allocating $85 million to help rebuild homes, small businesses and public infrastructure. The money is added to the

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Midwest Gets HUD Disaster Help

New HUD Secy. Steven Preston has the department acting quickly to send disaster assistance--and providing flexibility to states in using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) money--to 59

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Iowans Tackle Eminent Domain

State lawmakers prepare seven proposals to give property owners stronger protection against government seizures of private property

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