Executive Summary

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

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.

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Focus Group Findings

From June 2018 to December 2018, 93 Quad Cities’ residents participated in six focus groups 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

Click on Focus Group Boxes to Read Findings and focus group participants


Communities Leading Change


Call to Action

Opportunity Starts at Home 2019 Campaign

National Housing Week of Action is May 30 - June 5.

In upcoming months, we will once again focus on innovative and entrepreneurial solutions to ending homelessness in the Quad Cities. We will interview community leaders and address how the Quad Cities is developing solutions. The campaign will examine what is happening in our area, what needs to be done, and how community members can contribute to making change! Here are the topics we will explore:

June - Neighborhood Safety/Community Development

July - Health

August - Education

September - Civil Rights

October - Nutrition

November - Veterans

December - Social Mobility


A special thanks to the QC Housing Solutions organizing group, including: Angela Vaaler and Mary Beth Heine for their consistent and valuable insights and passion for justice; St. Paul Lutheran Church for making space available for each of the focus groups; Jim Richardson with the Ecumenical Housing Development Group for his historic knowledge and breadth of experience; Diane Sonneville and Tricia Bird with SEAP and Christie Adamson with Humility Homes and Services for their initial inspiration for the focus groups.  A special thanks to our facilitators and co-writers of this report: Dr. Lloyd C. Kilmer and Dr. Georgie L. Koenig, from Performance Learning, an Organizational Development Consulting Company.



QC Housing Solutions Premise Statement

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 forprofit 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.