Officials develop computer model for affordable housing

BY DI STAFF | JANUARY 28, 2011 7:10 AM

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The Iowa City City Council will consider a proposed computer model to determine where affordable housing should be located.

The Johnson County Council of Governments will present its proposal for affordable housing in Iowa City at the Jan. 31 City Council meeting.

The analysis model will be based on: 40 percent distance to existing assisted rental housing excluding Section 8 vouchers, 20 percent elementary-school mobility rate, 10 percent median household income, 10 percent change in residential sale prices, 10 percent crime density, 5 percent elementary-school Iowa Test of Basic Skills performance, and 5 percent elementary-school free- and reduced-lunch rate.

The proposal comes after a discussion in November about possible data inputs that could be used for the model.

The project will be funded through the Community Development Block Grant and HOME programs.

— By Allie Wright

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