Upcoming RHRA Conference to Highlight Success in Rural Housing Initiatives

April 1, 2024, 10:32 am | Esther Crompton

Affordable Housing Crisis news by zimmytws/stock.adobe.com.AMES, Iowa – The Rural Housing Readiness Assessment Conference, scheduled for April 10 at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames, aims to bring together communities across Iowa to share and learn from each other’s experiences in addressing rural housing challenges. This gathering provides an opportunity for community leaders and housing advocates to exchange insights and strategies for developing sustainable rural housing solutions.

"At the heart of addressing rural housing challenges in Iowa is the power of community learning and collaboration. This conference is a critical platform for sharing approaches and practical solutions," said Lindsay Henderson, community development specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The conference will feature discussions from RHRA communities such as Emmetsburg, Nevada, Creston, Grinnell, Stanton and Mt. Ayr, highlighting diverse methods of addressing rural housing needs.

The conference will also feature developers' insights, including Habitat for Humanity Iowa, Kading Properties and Origin Homes. These sessions will provide attendees with practical advice on overcoming development barriers and leveraging partnerships for rural housing projects. Including the Iowa Economic Development Authority Thriving Communities in the discussions will offer further perspective on state-level support and resources available to assist community-led housing initiatives.

Reflecting on the program's success, Henderson noted, "With 56 communities engaged and 36 receiving grants to kickstart their housing projects, the RHRA program exemplifies the tangible progress that can be achieved through dedicated effort and cooperation. This conference extends that spirit, further empowering communities with the knowledge and connections necessary to advance their housing solutions."

Participants interested in joining this vital conversation on rural housing can find registration details and additional information on the ISU Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development website.

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