About 140,000 Iowans, or 40 percent of all renters, are housing cost burdened, according to a 2018 report by Out of Reach Iowa.
It’s an issue many local renters also face, showing a need for more affordable housing in Sioux City.
It takes about three to six months for families to get off the waiting list and placed into affordable housing, according to the Sioux City Housing Department
In two weeks, plans for a new affordable housing project will be put before the Sioux City City Council.
The proposal has received negative feedback from some people who live in the area of 5th Street and Isabella Street, where the apartments may be built. Nevertheless, more than 100 low-income families, are hopeful one of those apartments will be theirs.
“Housing is a key component to long term success. If you think about where any of us grew up, if you didn’t have a place to call home, how did you identify?” said Shawn Fink, the director of Mission Services at Goodwill.
Fink said housing is critical to the success of many people who seek help from his agency.
“Housing can be such an expensive part of your monthly income. A lot of us are able to work full time. Great, it’s not an issue. For those that are just getting back on their feet from having been unemployed, if they have only been working part-time, that first outlet of first month’s, last month’s rents deposit and other things can be very challenging,” said Fink.