The University of Iowa

Maquoketa/Jackson County Workforce Housing Policy Study

Photo- Maquoketa Workforce Housing
Academic Year 
2021-2022
College/Department 
Planning & Public Affairs
Project Partner 

Students enrolled in the School of Planning and Public Affairs Public Policy and Persuasion course worked with key stakeholders to develop a set of proposed policy solutions for creating additional workforce housing options for Maquoketa residents.  

According to a recent Housing Needs Assessment, Jackson County will need 350 homes built by 2025 to meet the needs of a growing and aging population. Between 2006 and 2018, only 37 new homes were constructed in Maquoketa. Maquoketa leaders requested assistance in finding solutions to address the aging housing stock and lack of workforce housing options available to residents.  

Students collaborated with community leaders and conducted independent research to best inform their proposal of best practices, policy recommendations, and next steps for expanding workforce housing options in Maquoketa.