Quad Cities Housing Solutions is dedicated to finding innovative ways of creating housing opportunities for residents of all economic levels. We recognize that our community is stronger when everyone has an equal chance to fulfil their potential and participate in the social and civic life of the Quad Cities.

In 2017, Children’s Health Watch found that unstable housing among families with children will cost the U.S. $111 billion in avoidable health and education expenditures over the next ten years.

We cannot wait on Washington, Des Moines, or Springfield to solve these problems for the Quad Cities. Long-term solutions are within reach right here in our community.

We aim to highlight local conversations, feature communities creating change, and invite our QC public and private sectors to align resources and develop creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial housing opportunities for our most vulnerable residents.

What else is a nation but a patchwork of cities and towns; cities and towns a patchwork of neighborhoods; and neighborhoods a patchwork of homes.
— Matthew Desmond, Evicted

Our Inspirations:

 
 

Current State of QC Housing

The Compilation of Analysis to Impediments to Fair Housing Choice and American Community Survey in 2018, from 2000 to 2017, the Quad Cities has experienced:

42% loss

in units renting for less than $500 a month

162% increase

in units renting for $500 - $999 a month

1694% increase

in units renting for $1000+ a month 

Davenport ranks

44th in evictions per capita

nationally, per Eviction lab

From 2017 to 2018, Davenport experienced a

45% increase in homeless count

from 386 to 560

And yet more than half of government housing resources go to households making more than $100,000 a year.

 

Starting in June 2018 and ending in Decmber 2018, QC Housing solutions hosted six focus groups with people representing different sectors.

  • Participants in Quad-Cities based housing and supportive housing programs

  • Developers, landlords, property management, lenders, and members of the QC Housing Cluster

  • Legal Aid, policy makers, civil rights, and faith groups

  • Service organizations, community-based organizations, and veterans groups

  • Health care, education, and group care organizations

  • Combined sectors - representatives from many diverse groups

We asked a series of six questions, chosen to better our understanding of housing in the Quad Cities for everyone.

  • What are the barriers to finding and sustaining affordable, safe, quality housing in the Quad Cities?

  • What do we, as a focus group, want other sectors to know about us?

  • What to we want to know from other sectors’ focus groups?

  • What actions do we want to see done?

  • What are we willing to do to make more affordable, safe, quality housing available to more Quad City residents?

  • What do we think can work?

 

Here’s how you can help.

Below, you’ll find more information about various initiatives and opportunities for Quad Cities housing. Click on a location to learn more about what is being done, and how you can get involved.

You can also use the form below to be matched with volunteer opportunities that match your skills and interests.

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