“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?”
1. Statement of problem:
Nationwide and locally, there is a severe shortage of safe and quality homes for individuals and families with incomes $20,000.00 and less. The shortage of housing opportunities for this growing number of households has ominous consequences for the health, education, productivity, and overall well-being of the Quad Cities region. Safe and stable housing for all Quad City residents is an essential foundation from which to build a strong, vibrant region.
2. What has been done?
Many different organizations in the Quad Cities have fought for affordable housing over the last several decades. Among the most effective and long-standing is the Quad Cities Housing Cluster (Cluster). Established in 1989, the Cluster is a consortium of representatives from bi-state not-for-profit and for-profit housing service providers, developers, lenders, funders, local governments and members of the housing industry. Cluster members work collaboratively to address the overall housing needs and opportunities of the Quad Cities’ communities. On July 12, 2018 the QC Housing Cluster will ratify its 2 year strategic plan to expand affordable housing opportunities in the Quad Cities.
3. What needs to be done?
Establish a realistic baseline of current opportunities and barriers to safe, quality, stable housing through a deliberate series of conversations among stakeholders representing various sectors of the housing continuum.
4. What we propose:
Utilizing a qualitative research methodology we seek to solicit realistic and solution oriented strategies to improve housing opportunities for the poorest among us.
Schedule of Focus Groups and Sectors:
Thursday, June 7 STHC former and current Participants
June 18 Public Hearing on Scott County Housing Council Proposed 2 Year Plan at Scott County Administration
July 12 Scott County Housing Council Ratification (Not open to the public)
Thursday, August 2, Developers, landlords. Property Management, Lenders, and members of Scott County Housing Council and QC Housing Cluster
Thursday, September 6, Legal Aid, Policy makers, Civil Rights, Faith Groups
Tuesday, September 25, National Voter Registration Day at Lafayette Park in partnership with Scott County Auditor’s Office and Rock Island County Clerk’s Office
Thursday, October 4, Service Organizations, STHC Members, Community based organizations, Veterans groups, Law enforcement
Thursday, November 1, Health Care, Higher Education, Group Care
Thursday, December 6, Multi-Sector Leaders
FINAL REPORT MLK Holiday week 2019, January 21 – 25, 2019
Studies from the Institute for Community Alliances