Neighborhood Revitalization

The Housing & Community Development Department provides resources to homeowners, tenants, and landlords 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.

Heat Source & Water Heater Replacement Program

This program provides material/labor cost reimbursements of up to $3,500 for heat sources and $1,500 for water heaters. It is available to income-eligible homeowners and tenants who meet the following criteria:

  •  Over 10 years old or in disrepair and inefficient (80% efficient or lower)
  • The unit must be generally code-compliant. For example, the unit must pass a visual risk assessment for lead hazards or passed inspection during the last two years.
  • Occupants willing to sign release of information for energy consumption (Alliant Energy and Black Hills Energy) dating 24 months back and 24 months forward. The occupant must be willing to sign a release of information for energy consumption (Alliant Energy and Black Hills Energy.)
  • Application

This program is currently not available to mobile homeowners. Note: Reimbursements will not be made for work completed prior to the approval of an application. For more information or questions about the Heat Source & Water Heater Replacement Program, call 563.589.4239.

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.

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 ive 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.

Neighborhood Enhancement Lighting Program

The Neighborhood Enhancement Lighting Program provides a dollar-for-dollar match up to a maximum amount for residential property owners who install either front yard or rear yard light fixtures that also improve lighting levels on public sidewalks and alleys.

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. Note: Reimbursements will not be made for work completed prior to the approval of an application.

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 - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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