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 Affordable Housing in the QC

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

 

 Your ideas can help end homelessness and create more housing opportunities.

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“I think we could help reduce homelessness by providing jobs that are headed toward individuals with less credentials, probably labor intense jobs. There seem to be very many old and or abandoned buildings in the QC that haven't been used for years. I think it would be cool to allow them to clean one up and make it affordable housing for them, or clean them up for other businesses to come in.” - SG

“I don't know how to fix our homeless problem here in the quad cities, but I do know we need places for these folks to go that they will be safe. For now I think we should be able to find somewhere where they could at least set up tents to stay out of the weather and not be harassed by people who could care less about them. We could hold a event to get money for something better, just like the community came together and raised about $100,000 for the flood victims within a month. People forget the homeless were effected by the flood as well.” - DW

“I always wondered why the government couldn't offer incentives to businesses who let reliable homeless persons sleep in their offices during the evening hours. Many have security anyway.” - MS

“We need better transportation 24/7. In many cases, the homeless can find jobs but can’t get back and forth to work. If the homeless are seriously wanting out of the life, they need a payer of their money until they can figure out how to budget and what’s really important for them to live better.” - MD

“I believe that income based housing ie section 8 or low income is a great concept and would work well if the program fallowed the people using it and made sure the information their giving is true and accurate. I know of several people that have lied and work making 15 dollars an hour but when doing their review say they make minimum wage as self employed or that they have no income. When this happens it leaves certain people in these affordable places for years and make waiting list that are as long as 5 years. The problem then becomes even worse for some families that have waited months to years to get into an apartment at a rental rate their income will allow them to pay because then they struggle having to make the heart breaking choice of pay rent and not have utilities or not be able to feed their children enough. I know that this is just one opinion in a very large problem but maybe if the quad cities set a standard of rules that are followed for low income housing such as maybe a time limit so its a hand up not a hand out if Iowa can put stricter guide lines for poor families to receive food and medical benefits why not for housing this will not only help more of the community have a chance to succeed but it will help the community better see who is grateful for the help up and who just feels entitled to it because its there.” - SH

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