WHO WE ARE
The Johnson County Affordable Housing Coalition is a member-driven organization. Members lead the organization through service on our board of directors and/or our committees and by attending our monthly community meetings and our annual meeting, held each September.
Members lead our organization. We have two types of membership - individual and organizational. Sliding-scale memberships are available to individuals. Our mission requires a diverse, large collection of voices and perspectives. Members, as represented by the Board of Directors, determine the advocacy positions that the Coalition will undertake. Membership dues fuel our work. Members receive education and action ideas that make us stronger advocates for housing justice. Members are also represented in public discussion and policy decisions by our executive director.
Board members are elected by voting members at the annual meeting, and can serve two three-year terms. According to our bylaws, some board members can serve more than two consecutive terms, in the case that they represent one of our local housing/shelter service providers. Each JCAHC member, with the exception of current elected officials, has one vote at our annual meeting.
JCAHC Board of Directors
Andy Martin, Martin Construction
Angel Taylor, Taylor Made Realty
Scott Hawes, Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity
Simon Andrew, Housing Fellowship
Candi Evans, Iowa Manufactured Home Residents' Network
Ellen McCabe, Housing Trust Fund of Johnson County
Kathryn Davis, Domestic Violence Intervention Program
Ruthina Malone, ICCSD Board of Education
Christine Hayes, Shelter House
June Juenger, Heartland Bank & Trust
Matt Olson, Hills Bank & Trust
Bijou Maliabo, Community Advocate
Jessica Andino - Contact
WHAT IS "AFFORDABLE HOUSING"?
In order for housing to be “affordable,” a household should be spending no more than 30% of total monthly income on housing-related costs.
We use the term cost-burdened to describe when a household spends more than 30% of income on housing.
When our housing costs rise above 30%, we cannot afford other basic needs, such as healthcare, food, and similar necessities.
In Johnson County, 18% of homeowners and 61% of renters are cost-burdened by their housing.
WHY FOCUS ON HOUSING?
Housing is a basic need and a human right. Many Johnson County households cannot afford a decent, stable place to live.
In addition to being difficult to afford, housing in Johnson County is highly segregated. Living in one neighborhood versus another shouldn’t determine our health, our education, or our shot at a brighter future. As a community that prides itself on justice and inclusion, Johnson County residents agree that all people should have an equal opportunity to make the most of their potential, no matter where we live.
Measuring up to this value means a commitment to fair and affordable housing. When all our neighborhoods have good homes, good schools, dependable public transportation, and strong businesses, the whole community is stronger.
Right now, our housing system isn’t fair. There are entire areas without homes that can be rented or bought at reasonable prices. There are neighborhoods that lack important resources, such as access to good jobs, safe and well-maintained public spaces, and integrated schools.
People with lower and moderate incomes are most disadvantaged by our housing system. And the problem is growing more significant, as rents and home prices steadily rise while incomes stay the same.
Each of us can work together to solve the problem of high housing costs. We can make sure that make sure that good, affordable homes and other important community resources are available not only in a few neighborhoods, but throughout Johnson County.
If we are guided by our commitment to fairness and inclusion, we will succeed in growing, together, toward a place each of us can call home.
PARTNERS FOR BETTER HOUSING
We support and create community-based partnerships in leveraging resources and advocating for policies, programs, and use of funding resources that maximize the availability and improve the quality of affordable housing in Johnson County.
The Coalition has made a commitment not to compete with our fellow nonprofits for city and county funding. We do this so that local tax dollars can be invested directly into critical, ongoing services that address residents’ basic needs.
Greater Iowa City, Inc
Iowa Housing Partnership
Johnson County Livable Community's Housing Action Team
Johnson County Local Homeless Coordinating Board
Access 2 Independence
Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa
CommUnity Crisis Services
The Congregational United Church of Christ Iowa City
Consultation of Religious Communities
Domestic Violence Intervention Program
First Christian Church
Houses Into Homes
The Housing Fellowship
Housing Trust Fund of Johnson County
Iowa City Office of Equity and Human Rights
Iowa Manufactured Home Residents' Network
Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity
Johnson County Board of Supervisors
Johnson County Social Services
NAMI of Johnson County
River City Housing Cooperative
LOCAL BUSINESS SUPPORT
Everyone, including businesses, benefit from our efforts! Having available and affordable housing allows employers to attract and retain diverse employees at all levels.
Our work directly benefits residents who earn 80% or less of the area's median income, many of whom are customers and clients of local businesses.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for local businesses who support the Johnson County Affordable Housing Coalition’s mission of increasing access to affordable housing throughout Johnson County, and commit to helping the Coalition achieve this goal.