Housing Development Program

The City of Council Bluffs has a new Housing Development Program with the goal of creating 1,300 new homes over the next decade. The program is city-wide with specific priority areas, including East Manawa, First Ave, River's Edge, and Dodge Park.

Iowa West Foundation is committing $4 million to the Housing Development Program, and the City is using $2 million of its ARPA funding. To extend the ten-year program, the City will reinvest uncommitted dollars generated from the program (e.g., lot sales).

The City will use funds to cover costs associated with:

  • Acquisition
  • Early architectural/ engineering
  • Infrastructure development
  • Multi-family developer incentives
  • Missing-middle developer incentives


The maximum per-unit grant is $30,000 for multi-family housing and $75,000 for single-family "missing middle" homes. The total maximum award per project is $2,000,000.

To supplement these dollars, the City will continue its current programs, such as the HOME Investment Partnership Program, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), tax increment financing, and tax exemptions. These will be evaluated independently and may impact the total maximum award.

Housing Development Program Guidelines 


Developers can apply for the Housing Development Program below. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. To be considered for funding, a minimum of 35 points must be achieved. Please complete the self-scoring worksheet and submit it with your application.

Housing Development Program Self-Scoring Worksheet
Housing Development Program Application 

Email your application, self-scoring worksheet, and any supplemental materials to:
Courtney Harter at [email protected]

Or, mail application materials to:

City of Council Bluffs
Attn: Courtney Harter
209 Pearl Street
Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503

FIRST AVE Development Area

First Ave Housing Development Site