Community Development


National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week October 22-28, 2017


Lead can be found in several places both inside and outside of the home, including in the water that travels through lead pipes or in the soil around a house. However, it is mostly found in lead-based paint, which was used in homes before 1978. Lead poisoning is most often caused by accidently swallowing or breathing in the lead dust created by old paint that has cracked and chipped.

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The Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has resources available to educate families , community organizations, housing professionals and other stakeholders about the dangers of lead poisoning, how to find out and what to do about lead in the home , and importantly, how to protect against it.

Call Community Development at 319-291-4429 for any information or concerns you may have.

$1,500 Closing Cost Assistance Grant Available with Conventional Financing.

Eligible home buyers using conventional financing may now benefit from $1,500 in closing cost assistance.

The closing cost assistance is available for a limited time only and is expected to assist approximately 230 home buyers.


More information is available here.


Mission Statement- Whereas, the primary goal of the Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Program is to:

"Assist in the development of a viable community by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment principally for person of low- and moderate-income, and also to assist in providing expanded economic development opportunities. Maximum priority is to be given to activities benefiting low- and moderate-income persons, or aiding in the prevention or elimination of slums and blight, or to meet other Community Development needs having a particular urgency."

The mission of the Waterloo Community Development Board is to seek, through the administration of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Program, other federally funded programs and other funding, the development of a viable community by assisting in the provision of decent, safe housing in a suitable living environment; expanded employment opportunities through economic development activities; to aid in the prevention or elimination of slum and blighted areas within the City; and to meet other urgent Community Development needs. Further, the Waterloo Community Development Board will coordinate with local officials and other agencies and funding sources to make the most of our resources. All such activities shall be intended primarily to benefit low- and moderate-income persons and families.

Adopted by the Board 7/21/1994

Over the past five years Community Development has administered Federal Assistance funds of $5,812,636 in CDBG funds and $2,361,480 in HOME funds.

Contact Information:
Rudy D. Jones, Director 
Waterloo Community Development Office
620 Mulberry St, Suite 202 
Waterloo, IA 50703 
Phone: (319) 291-4429 
Fax: (319) 291-4431
Email: rudy.jones@waterloo-ia.org
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