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August 10, 2017 Kalona looks at providing low-income housing grant
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Kalona

The Kalona City Council Monday gave tentative approval to awarding a $120,000 grant to Retrograde Ministries for its plan to provide extended housing for people with drug and alcohol problems.

The non-profit organization has had a Christian-based addiction treatment facility in Kalona since 2015 that involves a six- month program for men. Michael Evans of Retrograde Ministries says they are buying an apartment complex and house behind Kalona Auto Services & Parts on Highway 22. It would be used as a one-year second step for those leaving the initial six-month program. After three months, those in the program would be expected to get a job and begin paying the planned $350 per month rent. Some of the units will be for women with children.

A $140,000 grant from the Eastern Iowa Housing Trust Fund for low-income housing depends upon the ministry foundation raising the rest of the $360,000 needed, with the local group providing $100,00 from private sources.

The city’s contribution will come from TIF funds from developers, with a mandated 31 percent earmarked for low to moderate income housing projects. The city currently has $260,000 in the fund.

Council members expressed they would be more comfortable making such a grant if it were done over a 4-year period. City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh said after Evans provided the needed paperwork, it would be sent to the city’s attorney, who would create a legal agreement.

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