Housing Programs

Contact Information

Community Development - Housing Division
101 First Street SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401



Department Contacts

Multi-Family Row Housing On Ellis Blvd
Program Background

In June of 2008, the City of Cedar Rapids experienced catastrophic flooding that devastated core neighborhoods of the community. In July of 2009, the City partnered with the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and began administering the first round of the Multi-Family Rental Unit Production program. The program was designed to replace rental housing units lost in the 2008 flood and resulted in funding for 61 rental units in the Cedar Rapids market area. The City has received funding for a total of 671 units since then in Rounds 1-6.

RoundNumber of Units
1 61 units completed (2009)
2 369 units completed (2010)
3 City did not participate (2011)
4 No units awarded (2012)
5 108 units completed (2013)
6 133 units awarded & underway (2015)

Program Overview

A highlight of the most recent program guidelines are as follows:
Map of Multi-Family New Construction Projects in Cedar Rapids

Working from the best practices established through the 
City’s successful partnership with the IEDA and local developers for past Multi-Family Rental Unit Production programs, the City has targeted resources to infill development in the core neighborhoods of Cedar Rapids.

  • 51% are required to be rented to households with income less than or equal to 80% AMI
  • Rent rates for the affordable units shall be less than or equal to HOME Program 65% Rent Limits
  • Projects shall be located outside of the 100-year floodplain and within the program boundary.
  • The grant funds are secured as a 10-year non receding forgivable mortgage recorded in junior position to the primary mortgage.
  • Projects shall comply with the Iowa Green Streets Criteria.

City of Cedar Rapids
Housing Services
101 First Street SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Contact Information:

Amanda Rabey
(319) 286-5810


Related Documents
Compliance Monitoring Guide for Funding Recipients
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