The Iowa Finance Authority Board of Directors has awarded a $49,000 grant to Hope Haven, Incorporated to assist in the acquisition and rehabilitation of a home in Sibley that will provide affordable rental housing for four persons with disabilities. The funding is made available through the State Housing Trust Fund’s Project-Based Housing program. The program provides financing for the development of affordable single-family and multifamily housing units.
Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Dave Jamison says that the State Housing Trust Fund’s Project-Based program was designed to help fill the funding gap many communities face in addressing critical local housing needs. He says that the Iowa Finance Authority partners with housing organizations throughout the state to move critical housing projects forward, such as the Hope Haven, Inc. project.
The project will provide housing integrated in the community for four adults with intellectual disabilities who are eligible for the Medicaid Home and Community Based Services Waiver. Tenants may be adults who are currently institutionalized who will be eligible to participate in Iowa’s Money Follows the Person initiative.
Hope Haven Executive Director David VanNingen says that the recent State Housing Trust Fund grant will allow Hope Haven to proceed with an affordable housing project that will integrate four persons with disabilities into the community. He says that the Iowa Finance Authority’s partnership has proven to be a vital tool in accomplishing their community-based housing goals.
The State Housing Trust Fund’s Project-Based Program has provided nearly $5.65 million in funding to support more than 1,650 affordable housing units since the program’s inception in 2003.