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Application Deadline Clarification

Following is a clarification on the application deadlines for both Single-Family New Construction (ROOT’s) and Multi-Family New Construction projects:

  • Developer’s application to the City of Cedar Rapids - Friday, December 2, 2022 at NOON (12 p.m.)

City Application and Documents Here

Please contact City staff at CDBG-DR@cedar-rapids.org or (319) 286-5192 with any questions.

Applications can be submitted one of two ways.

Submitted Electronically via email to:

Or dropped off in person at:
City Hall
Housing Services
1st Floor
101 First Street SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

  • City’s application to the Iowa Economic Development Authority - Friday, December 30, 2002

The City is required to submit a separate application to IEDA for each housing project. Staff will contact developers directly with any questions or clarifications prior to submitting.

Please review the rest of the page for additional information.

Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery funding (CDBG-DR)
Disaster recovery funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has been appropriated for disaster recovery from the August 2020 derecho. $57,566,000 in CDBG-DR funding has been allocated to the State for distribution, of which 80% will come into Linn County. The State’s Action Plan, which details how these funds can be used can be found here.

City of Cedar Rapids Disaster Recovery Outreach Survey
$2.5 million of this funding will be made available to homeowners in Linn County for derecho related repairs that have not been completed and were not covered by insurance or other funding sources. While this funding is not yet available, the City of Cedar Rapids is doing outreach to homeowners to identify needs. Information obtained through an online survey will assist in connecting homeowners to resources when funds are available. Residents of Cedar Rapids who have derecho repairs that are not completed are encouraged to fill out the survey at https://arcg.is/av5D.

Developer Informational Meeting
The City of Cedar Rapids in partnership with the Iowa Economic Development Authority hosted an informational session for developers to ask questions about the requirements of the program and application process. The meeting was held Wednesday, November 16, 2022 (10 – 11:30 am) at the Cedar Rapids Public Library (Downtown).

November 16, 2022 Developer Information Meeting Presentation Slides

Iowa Green Streets Criteria FAQ - November 17, 2022

CDBG-DR Developer Session Additional Discussion

Mandatory Design Consultation

IEDA will also require a design consultation with each developer prior to submitting an application to ensure that the designs are aligned with the Iowa Green Streets criteria. If you are still in need of consultation, please reach out to:

Steven Stransky, Disaster Recovery Team Lead
Iowa Economic Development Authority

Items that are needed at least 5 business days prior to consultation include the following:
Brief project description:

  • project / development address
  • general scope of the project
  • summary of design strategies consistent with Green Streets

 Project site:

  • Site plan / proposed project layout


  • Site plan(s) existing and concepts
  • Floor plan(s) existing and concepts
  • Elevations or 3D view
  • Proposed wall / building section and any details – if available

 Questions and Specific Items of Focus:

  • Please provide in advance any specific questions that your team is looking to have answered during the consultation and any particular design or construction related items you are seeking guidance on

 Attendees (People to have participating in the design consultation):

  • Developer, architect, site landscape / civil, and at minimum either engineer or contractors to address HVAC and plumbing systems

Previous Meetings Information
July 15, 2022 - Developer Informational Meeting -  Developers interested in receiving information on program requirements and funding availability for the construction of single-family and multi-family housing through this program attended. Presentation slides from the meeting as well as a recording of the presentation provided by Steven Stransky from the Iowa Economic Development Authority can be found below.

July 15 Developer Informational Meeting Presentation Slides

July 15 Developer Informational Meeting Recording

August 30, 2022 - Green Streets Workshop - The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), along with our vendor partners, hosted a Green Streets Workshop for developers. Slides for each of the presentations from the workshop are below.

2020 Derecho CDBG-DR Program Overview Presentation

Green Streets Criteria Presentation

Green Streets High-Performance Construction Presentation

October 11, 2022 - Housing Application Workshop - The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), provided an overview of the states Housing Application process.   hosted a Green Streets Workshop for developers. Slides and recording for the presentation are below.

2020 Derecho CDBG-DR New Housing Application Workshop Presentation

2020 Derecho CDBG-DR New Housing Application Workshop Recording

November 7, 2022 - FORTIFIED Standards Workshop - IEDA Staff outlined the construction methods and how to implement it in proposed 2020 Derecho CDBG-DR projects.  IEDA is providing additional funding to support the incorporation of these building practices into the structures, which have been proven to both withstand hurricane-force winds (as the derecho event was) and even significantly reduce property insurance costs.

Program Guidelines

2020 Derecho CDBG-DR Rental Housing Program Guidelines

2020 Derecho CDBG-DR For Sale Housing Program Guidelines

Additional Information
Multifamily New Construction Program requires that 51% of rental units set rents at or below the 65% rent limits and be reserved for households at or below 80% of the Area Median Income. The current applicable amounts are in the chart below. The amounts are updated annually.

Income and Rent Limit Chart

Please note, these rent amounts assume all utilities are paid by the developer/owner of the project. If any of the utilities are paid by the tenant, you would need to reduce the total rent payment by the amount of utility allowance based upon project type. The most common project type utility allowance sheets are provided below. If unsure of which project type to consider, please reach out to City staff for any clarification. 

Single Family
Rowhouse and Townhome

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