5. Persons with Disabilities
Iowa City's excellent services, medical facilities, and presence of The University of Iowa results in persons with special needs relocating into the community. Because of this, the need for housing and supportive services in this area is increasing. Data collected for the 1994 CHAS is presented in Table II.2. The majority of this information was generated using national norms and statistics provided by HUD, unless noted.
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An inventory of accessible and adaptable rental units is compiled and available from the Iowa City Housing Authority. As of July 1999 there are 860 units available citywide. This number does not include the number ICHA units or owner-occupied or rental units that are accessible or adaptable, group homes or human service agency facilities, or new units that may have been completed. Additional information on housing for persons with special needs is provided in section II.D. Some special needs groups do not require housing that is uniquely modified, and are able to utilize unaltered housing stock.
Each year the City's Housing Rehabilitation Program and ESA both receive requests and complete projects for accessibility modifications or repairs enabling lower-income persons to remain in their housing unit. Approximately 100 calls are received annually from lower income persons needing accessibility modifications or improvements. These programs provide a low cost, effective method of meeting the needs of some special needs households.