April 9, 2014

CDBG: 40 Years of Building Strong Communities

The 2014 National Community Development Week will be celebrated in Waterloo, Iowa from April 21-26, 2014. It provides the community the opportunity to focus local, as well as national attention on the outstanding accomplishments of CDBG and the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program in a week-long celebration. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.

The CDBG program was enacted into law as part of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. CDBG’s main purpose is to provide decent, safe and sanitary housing, a suitable living environment, and economic opportunities to low- and moderate-income people. To this day, CDBG remains the principal source of revenue for localities to utilize in devising flexible solutions to prevent physical, economic, and social deterioration in lower-income neighborhoods and communities throughout the nation.

Enacted into law in 1990, the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program was developed to provide resources to communities to provide decent, safe and affordable housing opportunities for low-income persons. Program funding has been used nationally to complete over one million units of affordable housing. Prior to the creation of the HOME program, there were few options available to communities to develop affordable housing. Families lived in overcrowded situations and in unsafe housing. Working families struggled to save enough for a down payment. Communities lacked the resources needed to design large-scale affordable housing programs to address these problems.

These two valuable programs have made tremendous contributions to the viability of the housing stock, infrastructure, public services, and economic vitality of our community. For further information regarding activities being planned contact the Community Development Board at 291-4429.

Rudy D. Jones Community Development Director

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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, January 18, 2014
  • Saturday, February 15, 2014
  • Saturday, March 15, 2014
  • Saturday, April 19, 2014
  • Saturday, May 17, 2014
  • 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)

November 26, 2013

The City of Waterloo Animal Control Services would like to inform residents that the trapping of any domestic or wild animals within the City Limits of Waterloo should immediately cease due to cold temperatures. Trapping may resume in the spring at which time the public will be notified.

Warnings and/or citations will be issued for cruelty if animals are reported and found in traps.

Questions or concerns about this or other property maintenance issues, please contact the City of Waterloo Animal Control Department at 291-4440.

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.

April 11, 2013


Waterloo was named a 2012 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. This is the 29th year Waterloo has earned the national designation.

Waterloo achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Waterloo make smart investments in urban forests,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits.”

Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities.

More information on the program is available at: arborday.org/treecityusa

January 4, 2013

Check out 2013's yardwaste & recycle schedule PDF »

January 3, 2013

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.