Clinton Housing Needs Assessment / Housing Policy and Strategy

The City of Clinton seeks to update its Housing Needs Assessment, which was last completed in 2016.  A Housing Needs Assessment is a tool to help decision-makers ensure that existing and future residents can find safe, secure, and quality housing that meets their needs and budgets.  The assessment evaluates both housing needs and housing availability, typically determining the number and types of new units needed to accommodate needs, as well as other factors like vacancy, housing quality, rental needs, and more.  Housing Needs Assessments are useful to housing developers and support applications to funding programs, such as Iowa’s Workforce Housing Tax Credit program.

A primary goal of this assessment is to evaluate Clinton’s mix of housing options and to discover how it could evolve with changes to the population demographics and housing preferences. With an understanding of the existing mix of housing types, local government officials, local developers, service providers, property owners, and other stakeholders can make informed decisions about future investment and development that respond to the community’s overarching goals.

With a baseline understanding of housing needs, the project will also evaluate and identify strategies to help Clinton meet its housing needs.  The strategies will likely consider land use, local regulatory tools and financial incentives, external resources, key partnerships, and more.  Additionally, housing strategies should seek to align with Sustainable Development goals and the final report will include an assessment of sustainability dimensions of the project.