Iowa governor: $100M in virus relief funds to go to housing

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has announced that $100 million of the nearly $1.5 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds allocated to the state will go to build new homes.

The Des Moines Register says Reynolds announced the plan Wednesday during a stop in Cedar Rapids.

She says the federal funds plus $230 million in tax credits allocated by the Iowa Legislature over five years will help developers build 36,450 new housing units to help address a growing shortage of housing in Iowa.

The $100 million will go to several existing programs, including $10 million for the Homes for Iowa.

The vast majority – $65 million – will fund housing tax credit programs to help cover the increased costs of building materials.