Posted On September 3, 2014


The Community Development Board of the City of Waterloo, Iowa will hold a Public Hearing on September 16, 2014 in the Harold E. Getty Council Chambers, 715 Mulberry Street, Waterloo, Iowa at 4:00 p.m. The purpose of the hearing is to receive comments on the Community Development Block Grant progress and performance for the past year. Input from this hearing will be taken into account in preparing future Community Development Block Grant applications.

The Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (C.A.P.E.R.) covers the period between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014. The C.A.P.E.R. will be submitted to the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development for review and processing on or before September 30, 2014.

A 15-day public comment period begins on September 1, 2014 and ends on September 16, 2014. Comments may be presented orally at the public hearing or submitted in writing to Rudy D. Jones, Director, Community Development Board, Carnegie Annex - Suite 202, 620 Mulberry Street, Waterloo, Iowa 50703. Any comments received will then be incorporated into the final document submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Draft copies of the annual C.A.P.E.R. are available for review to interested persons upon request at the Community Development office, the City Clerk’s office, and the Waterloo Public Library.

Rudy D. Jones

Community Development Director

Posted On September 3, 2014


The Community Development Board of the City of Waterloo, Iowa will hold a Public Hearing on September 16, 2014 in the Harold E. Getty Council Chambers, 715 Mulberry Street, Waterloo, Iowa at 4:15 p.m. The purpose of the hearing is to receive comments on the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) progress and performance.

The Neighborhood Stabilization Program covers two rounds of funding. NSP1 is from April 2, 2009 to the present and NSP3 is from May 18, 2011 to present.

Neighborhood Stabilization funds were utilized to concentrate efforts in the 900/1000 blocks of Lafayette Street with the demolition of dilapidated structures, the construction of several new housing units, and the rehabilitation of existing units. NSP funds were also used to demolish dilapidated structures in the target area.

The public is invited to participate and comment on the progress of either Neighborhood Stabilization Program at this hearing.

Rudy D. Jones
Community Development Director

Posted On August 1, 2014

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Posted On July 22, 2014

All Black Hawk County residents are invited to the upcoming Electronics Recycling Drop-off and Household Hazardous Materials Drop-off on Saturday, September 27th at the Cedar Falls Public Works Complex (1500 Bluff St., Cedar Falls). The drop-off will take place 9:00AM- 2:00PM and is co-sponsored by the Black Hawk County Solid Waste Management Commission and the City of Cedar Falls. Fall 2014 Drop-off Poster

To see the list of electronics and toxic materials that will be accepted from households at the event, click here

Household hazardous materials will be accepted for free from county residents, whereas fees apply for older computer monitors and TVs, which contain Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs). During the drop-off event two CRTs will be accepted per vehicle/household at no charge. Each additional CRT will be $5.00. A large assortment of other electronics will be accepted for recycling (free of charge). Business waste will not be accepted. For event details, visit the Black Hawk County Solid Waste Management Commission website or call the Waste Trac Education Team at (319) 266-8722 (TRAC).

Posted On July 15, 2014

Landlord Rental Information

Posted On June 10, 2014


The City of Waterloo has received notice of availability of funds from the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) for Multi-Family (Rental) Unit Production-New Construction (Round 6).

  • This activity is limited to adaptive re-use or newly constructed multi-family housing.
  • This activity does not include those projects for which low-income housing tax credits are also sought or that comprise the financial resources for the proposed project’s budget.
  • No less than 51 percent of the assisted multi-family (rental) new units in the project shall be made available to and occupied by persons or households whose incomes are at or below 80 percent of the area median income by household size established by HUD.
  • CDBG Disaster Recovery Housing Funds will be awarded on a most ready to proceed (shovel ready) basis after evaluation of the project proposals. The COGs or Cities submitting the approved projects to IEDA will verify the readiness to proceed in their cover letter.
  • There is a maximum per project cap limitation of $3,000,000 on the CDBG Disaster Recovery funds. The Recipient shall determine the per unit cost cap limitation, for each project, if any. Any and all additional costs of the project above the stated CDBG Supplemental funds limitations of $3,000,000 shall come from other financial resources. Projects should reflect a Debt Service Coverage Ratio between 1.15 and 1.35 for the period of affordability. All other necessary financial resources shall be committed and secured prior to the commitment of CDBG Supplemental funds to the rental project.
  • The funds will be provided as a 10-year forgivable loan (non-receding), forgiven in full at the end of the 10-year compliance period.
  • A five-year period of affordability will be placed on projects that contain less than 12 units.
  • After all work has been completed and accepted and the forgivable loan and agreement covenants have been recorded, the ten-year term of affordability begins.
  • Maximum (gross) rent limits on the CDBG Supplemental Funds assisted rental units (by bedroom size) shall not exceed the most current HOME Program 65 percent rent limits.
  • All newly constructed multi-family housing shall meet the requirements of the Iowa Green Street Criteria.
  • Applications due in the Community Development office by August 8, 2014 at NOON.
  • Lastly, as this will be IEDA’s LAST round of Disaster funding, well developed applications are critical to the success of this program. IEDA will be hosting a Multi-Family Round 6 Application Workshop on Thursday, June 19, 2014 in Grinnell, IA. The workshop agenda is attached and all developers and grant administrators interested in participating in Round 6 are encouraged to attend. Those interested in new construction projects should attend the morning session from 9:00am – 10:30am, those interested in adaptive re-use projects should plan to attend the afternoon session 1pm – 2:30pm and all applicants should plan to attend the Guidelines and Application Review from 11:00am – 12:00pm.

  • Please RSVP for the workshop to Barb Harvey or 515-725-3062 no later than Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

This overview will not take the place of a thorough and detailed review of the complete program guidelines and applications available on the City of Waterloo Community Development website:

Questions may be directed to Rudy D. Jones, Community Development Director at (319) 291-4429.

Multi-Family Round 6 Guidlines | Multi-Family Round 6 Budget Summary | Iowa Green Streets Criteria | Multi-Family Round 6 Application Checklist | Multi-Family Round 6 Sources and Uses | MFNC Round 6 Workshop Agenda 6-19-2014 | Multi-Family Round 6 Rent Calculation Worksheet | Multi-Family Round 6 Proforma | Multi-Family Round 6 Application

Posted On May 29, 2014

The City is serious about getting rid of graffiti. Please report graffiti as soon as you see it. The sooner we are able to respond and remove graffiti, the more our community will send a message that we will not tolerate graffiti in our City.
Graffiti complaint number 319-291-3820.

Posted On February 10, 2014

The Waterloo Building Inspection Department offers Residential Contractor Exams for those who want to become a licensed contractor with the City of Waterloo.

Available Exam Dates for 2014 are as follows:

  • Saturday, June 21, 2014
  • Saturday, July 19, 2014
  • Saturday, August 16, 2014
  • Saturday, September 20, 2014
  • Saturday, October 18, 2014
  • Saturday, November 15, 2014
  • Saturday, December 20, 2014
Exam times will be 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and will be given in the Mollenhoff Room – 2nd Floor – City Hall


Residential Contractor Exam Resources
Procedure for Licensed Residential Contractor (pdf) | Residential Testing Requirements and Application (pdf)

Posted On January 2, 2014

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Posted On October 21, 2013

The Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control has awarded the City of Waterloo additional funding to eliminate lead-based paint hazards in the homes of eligible Waterloo residents. This program is administered through the Community Development office in conjunction with the single-family, owner-occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program.

Currently, the City of Waterloo is accepting calls from homeowners who may be eligible for assistance. If you believe lead-based paint could be a hazard to your family, you are encouraged to apply for assistance.

Qualifications include:

  • the home must be located within the city limits of Waterloo
  • dwelling must be owner-occupied, and built before 1978
  • there must be children living in the home, age five years or younger, and
  • owner/occupants must meet income eligibility requirements listed below

1 $2,937.50 $35,250.00
2 $3,354.17 $40,250.00
3 $3,775.00 $45,300.00
4 $4,191.67 $50,300.00
5 $4,529.17 $54,350.00
6 $4,862.50 $58,350.00
7 $5,200.00 $62,400.00
8 $5,533.33 $66,400.00
9 $5,693.33 $68,320.00
10 $6,018.67 $72,224.00

Please contact the Waterloo Community Development office at 291-4429 if you are concerned with lead-hazards in your home. Staff will be available to review your qualifications and determine whether your name can be placed on the waiting list for assistance.