Neighborhood Revitalization

The Housing & Community Development Department provides resources to homeowners and property owners to rehabilitate, weatherize, and beautify their properties. Programs increase community pride, foster relationships, and increase property values. See our list of programs below or use the City’s incentives map to see available programs by address.

Accessibility Rehabilitation Program

This program provides forgivable loans to homeowners to provide physical accessibility in housing units.

Bee Branch Healthy Homes Resiliency Program

This program will help make your property more resilient to flooding and water damage, in turn protecting your investment and improving your tenant’s residency.

Historic Preservation Revolving Loan Fund Program

This program provides preservation loans to property owners in four (4) primarily residential historic districts for EXTERIOR rehabilitation projects that meet the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation.

Historic Preservation Housing Forgivable Loan Program

This program provides preservation loans (in the form of a forgivable loan) to income-qualifying owner-occupants and to qualified non-profit organizations in any local historic district or City-designated Landmark for specific EXTERIOR rehabilitation projects that preserve the original building materials and character-defining features of a home.  *There are currently no funds available for this program.  

Home Repair Program

This program provides a loan to qualified applicants to do minor repairs to improve conditions of their home.

Homeowner Rehabilitation Loan Program

This program provides a loan to qualified applicants to do major improvements to their home.  Get information on this all-purpose loan program for property rehabilitation.

Lead Hazard Control & Healthy Homes Program

The lead program aims to prevent lead poisoning by making homes lead safe.  Eligibility qualifications are as follows: applicants live in a house built before 1978, have a child under the age of 6 that lives in or visits the home frequently (or applicant household includes a pregnant woman), and household meets the income guidelines.

Rental Rehabilitation Program

These loans are available for the purpose of ensuring continued availability of safe, decent, and affordable rental housing.

Urban Revitalization Program

Owners who upgrade their residential properties located within a designated Urban Revitalization district may receive a 10-year exemption from the property tax liability that would normally accompany numerous property improvements. Owners of commercial properties within the Washington Neighborhood district are eligible for a three-year exemption.  

Washington Neighborhood Rehabilitation Program 

This program provides a loan to qualified applicants to do major improvements to their home. These funds are only available for homes located within The Washington Neighborhood (11th Street to 32nd Street; Elm Street to Central Ave).

Window Program for Emergency Escape and Rescue Openings

The City of Dubuque has established a reimbursement program to assist income-eligible residents with the cost of modifying windows on their property for emergency escape and rescue. Building code now requires 20-inch by 24-inch windows with a 4-square-foot minimum opening and 44-inch maximum sill height. The program is available to owner-occupied homes and rental units that meet income guidelines.

Contact Us

  1. Kris Neyen  |  email
    Rehabilitation Programs Supervisor
    Phone: 563.690.6094
    Staff Directory

    Historic Federal Building
    350 West 6th Street, Suite 312 Dubuque, IA 52001

    Monday - Wednesday & Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Thursday: 9:15 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    equal housing small