Housing

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Dubuque - Affordable Housing Action Plan

Published
Monday, September 18, 2023
Academic year
2023-2024
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Dubuque has been working to improve access to affordable housing and is poised for the next step in its process. In recent years, it has had several different kinds of housingassessments completed. It has incentivized homeowner rehabilitation and has passed incentives for developers to create nearly 800 new units. It’s also created more infill by removing dilapidated buildings. Despite considerable action in this area, Dubuque faces challenges.

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Maquoketa Single Family Subdivision and Drainage Plan

Published
Monday, June 12, 2023
Academic year
2022-2023
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Students in Civil and Environmental Engineering created plans for an affordable housing subdivision on five parcels of land in Maquoketa. The project includes stormwater management and remediation of a hazardous chemical. 

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Clinton - Development of City Property (infill development)

Published
Tuesday, February 21, 2023
Academic year
2022-2023
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Civil and Environmental Engineering students studied options for building on several city-owned vacant lots in Clinton with an emphasis on low- and medium-income single-family homes. For their senior capstone project, the team researched the costs of various housing materials, styles of housing, as well as financing options. They provided plans for two sites, each with design and amenities options for potential residents. 

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IISC Students Contribute Plans to Create New Pocket Neighborhood

Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Original designs for a new pocket neighborhood in Maquoketa, IA, were created by University of Iowa Civil and Environmental Engineering students in conjunction with the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Studies’ (IISC) partnership with the East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA). The homes in the development are affordable and help the community increase its housing stock.
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Planning and Sustainable Development Students Assess Clinton's Housing Needs

Wednesday, January 18, 2023
A group of graduate students from the University of Iowa's IISC program are spending the academic year studying the housing needs of the city of Clinton.
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Clinton Housing and Homelessness Policy Recommendations

Published
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Academic year
2022-2023
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Students in a course in the School of Planning and Public Affairs developed recommendations to help address homelessness in Clinton. 

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Clinton Housing Needs Assessment / Housing Policy and Strategy

Published
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Academic year
2022-2023
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For their capstone project, students in the School of Planning and Public Affairs created an updated Housing Needs Assessment, 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.

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Clinton- Former YMCA Building and Site Redesign

Published
Saturday, January 8, 2022
Academic year
2021-2022
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As part of the Senior Design Capstone Course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students redesigned the old YMCA complex in Clinton, Iowa, including rehabilitation of the historic YMCA structure, demolition plans for an adjacent deteriorating structure, and designs for a new restaurant and entertainment venue.  

Preston Harvest Heights Subdivision Marketing Plan

Preston Harvest Heights Subdivision Marketing Plan

Published
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Academic year
2021-2022
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Two students from the Tippie College of Business Marketing Institute developed marketing strategies and materials to promote the sale of lots in the City of Preston's new subdivision, Harvest Heights. 

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Maquoketa/Jackson County Workforce Housing Policy Study

Published
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Academic year
2021-2022
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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.  

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Housing Policy & Resources - Part II

Published
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Academic year
2020-2021
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Students in the Spring semester Policy and Persuasion course continued developing policy recommendations around high-priority housing issues in Waterloo, building on work done by groups in the previous semester and creating both policy recommendations and resources.

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Housing Policy & Resources - Part I

Published
Saturday, September 12, 2020
Academic year
2020-2021
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Students in the Fall semester Policy and Persuasion course worked with Waterloo representatives to first identify some of the most pressing issues related to home ownership and affordability, and then to develop policy recommendations for the City moving forward.

Four student groups focused on distinct, yet overlapping housing issues: