Housing Affordability by Income Group
In Dubuque, there are 2,585 households earning less than 30% AMI. (AMI stands for Area Median Income. A family of four earning less than $23,850 would be earning less than 30% AMI.) There are 610 housing units affordable to households earning less than 30% AMI, which is less than a quarter of the units needed to house that population.
As of January 2015, Dubuque’s Housing Choice Voucher Program reports that 17% of landlords in Dubuque participate in the program. There were 928 households receiving assistance and 1,288 households waiting for vouchers.
FROM THE SURVEY:
- 78.92% of those with a household income of less than $24,000 indicated that they rent their home in Dubuque. In that same income bracket, 65.52% stated they were not living in their ideal housing situation.
FROM THE DIALOGUES:
- People without internet access are at a disadvantage in finding available housing options in Dubuque.
- Transportation can pose a problem if you want to live outside of the downtown area.
- Access to resources, like housing vouchers, is limited and presents a barrier for those waiting to receive assistance.
- Most attendees named safety, location and physical condition of the home as the most important factors in defining a quality home.