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Office of Assisted Housing

The Office of Assisted Housing (OAH) provides rental assistance to low-income families and to individuals who are elderly, physically or mentally disabled. This office also staffs the Davenport Housing Commission.

OAH administers the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program within our jurisdiction of Davenport, Iowa. OAH also serves as property manager and landlord for the 120 units at the Heritage high-rise in downtown Davenport as well as the 42 units of scattered-site Public Housing located throughout Davenport. OAH also partners with local Veterans' Administration staff to provide housing assistance for veterans and their families that meet the definition of chronically homeless.

 Contact us for more information about any of these programs, or read more about them at the links below.

General Information for other agencies 

Public Hearing Notice
2017 Capital Fund Project
2018 Annual Capital Fund Project
5 Year Captial Fund Project
2018 Public Housing Authority Annual Plan
5 Year Public Housing Authority Plan

Davenport Public Housing

Davenport Public Housing

This program provides rental housing for eligible very low income families in 42-city owned housing units located throughout the City if Davenport.

Davenport's Public Housing units consist of:
2 Two-bedroom duplex units specifically designed to be accessible to a person requiring the use of a wheelchair
12 Two-bedroom row-house units
6 Three-bedroom units
4 Three-bedroom single family houses
4 Four-bedroom single family houses

Public Housing Admissions and Occupancy Plan

Note: As of January 1, 2018, the smoking of lit tobacco products inside or within 25 ft of City of Davenport public housing units is expressly prohibited

The Heritage
The Heritage - Housing for Elderly, Handicapped or Disabled

This facility has two elevators serving all floors, smoke detection system, a sprinkler system and a front door security system.  The first floor consist of a community room and kitchen facilities, a two bedroom apartment, mailboxes and maintenance facilities. The remaining floors are residential housing with lounges on seven floors and laundry facilities on three floors.

Who May Apply:
1. Persons who are handicapped or disabled and meet the income guidelines.
2. Persons who are 62 years of age or older whose gross annual income does not exceed the following:
One Person - 25,450
Two Person - 29,100
Three Person - 32,750
Four Person - 36,350
Once a person applies for the facility they are placed on a waiting list by bedroom size and/or handicapped accessible units.  The 1 bedroom unit is approximately a 1 year waiting list , and a 2 bedroom unit is approximately a 5 year waiting list depending on availability.

Method of Selection:
Actual tenant selection may be based on any or all of the following criteria:
Housekeeping habits
Demonstrated ability to pay rent and have timely payments.
Current and past landlord references.
Good credit references

How to Apply:
 Preliminary applications to establish a waiting list to fill future vacancies will be accepted between the hours of 7:30 to 4:30, Monday thru Thursday, at the Office of Assisted Housing, 501 W. 3rd Street, Davenport, IA.
If you are not able to apply in person, you may have a friend, relative, etc., fill out an application for you. Applicants with disabilities who require special accommodation in the application process should notify the Office of Assisted Housing at 563-326-7899 or for the hearing impaired, the TDD at 563-326-7912.
Heritage Application
The Heritage Admissions and Occupancy Plan

Note: As of January 1, 2018, the smoking of lit tobacco products is expressly prohibited at the Heritage. Prohibited areas include residential units and all interior and exterior common areas and within 25 ft of the building, except where designated.

NOTE: The Davenport Housing Commission recently passed a resolution approving significant changes to Davenport's Section 8 Administrative Plan which became effective August 1, 2015. Among the most significant of these changes are;

Subsidy Standard:
From the HUD-allowed minimum of two heartbeats per bedroom allocated,
i.e. Regardless of age and gender of household members;
1 or 2 household members = 1BR voucher allocated,
3 or 4 household members = 2BR voucher allocated,
5 or 6 household members = 3BR voucher allocated,
7 or 8 household members = 4BR voucher allocated, etc.

Current Payment Standards:
Each voucher size (which typically must include the cost of rent and all utilities paid by the family) are as follows;
0BR Allocation = $568
1BR Allocation = $688
2BR Allocation = $862
3BR Allocation = $1,151
4BR Allocation = $1,301
5BR Allocation = $1,496
6BR Allocation = $1,691

Implementation of Local Preferences for the selection of applicants from the Housing Choice Voucher Program Waiting List
Available Section 8 voucher allocation will be prioritized in the following order;

Method of Selection:
HUD or Davenport OAH Targeted Populations
Permanent Davenport Residents
Those Displaced by Natural Disaster or Code Enforcement Action
Elderly Persons 62 years of age and older
Disabled Persons and their families
Families with children 5 years of age and under,
Families with at least one household member working at least 30 hours a week
All other families regardless of status or residency.

HUD Utility Chart for 2020-2021
Section 8- Tenant


Section 8- Tenant Information
With Section 8 Housing the family is required to pay 30% of their adjusted yearly income towards rent and utilities while the Office of Assisted Housing pays the owner the difference between that amount and the contract rent established for the dwelling unit.  This will help improve the family's financial condition by allowing it to secure housing adequate  at a price it can afford.  This, in turn, allows the family to reallocate more of its income to other necessities. 
The quality of the housing is assured because all units must be in compliance with HUD Housing Quality Standards and Davenport's Rental Inspection Program before they will be approved for the program.
The family also benefits in that it is not limited to any location under the program.  It is the family's right and responsibility to select any approvable unit including the one in which it resides at the time it is certified eligible for the program.
Section 8 Income Limits:
To be eligible for the Section 8 Program, the following income limits are listed according to family size.

  • 1 -  26,400
  • 2 -  30,200
  • 3 -  33,950
  • 4 -  37,700
  • 5 -  40,750
  • 6 -  43,750
  • 7 -  46,750
  • 8 -  49,800

Applicants with disabilities who require special accommodation in the application process should notify the Office of Assisted Housing at 563-326-7899 or for the hearing impaired, the TTD at 563-326-7912.
Section 8 Family Responsibilities
General Information- Outside Agencies

Section 8- Landlord
Section 8 Housing - Landlord Information

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development gives funds to the City of Davenport/Office of Assisted Housing to provide rent subsidies to eligible low income families.  Families may include single persons, elderly and disabled households.

The Office of Assisted Housing selects families from its waiting list in order of application.  They verify the information provided in the families' applications and determines whether the families who apply meet the eligibility guidelines, which are based upon the family's income and family size.  Families are required to provide accurate information.  The Office of Assisted Housing eligibility determination does not include whether a family is suitable to rent a dwelling unit and does not screen applicants for their suitability to rent an apartment.
After eligibility is determined, the office issues vouchers to families who then undertake a housing search. After receiving a voucher, eligible families generally pay between 30 to 40% of their incomes for rent and the Office of assisted Housing provides a subsidy that generally represents the difference between the tenant's share and the gross contract rent. The subsidy that the Office of Assisted Housing will pay is called a "Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) and this payment is subject to limitations imposed by the Voucher Payment Standards.
Benefits to Property Owners:
The owner of an approved dwelling unit benefits under the Section 8 program by having the dwelling unit leased for one (1) year to a family that has freely selected that unit and that has the ability to pay its share of the rent.
As long as the owner meets his/her obligations under the program, he/she automatically receives monthly Housing Assistance Payments directly from the Office of Assisted Housing for the portion of the rent not to be paid by the tenant.

Please use the annual rent adjustment form below when requesting a rent increase for a Section 8 tenant. Make sure you use a separate form for each tenant, and send the requests to our office at least 60 days prior to the HAP contract renewal date.

To improve the likelihood that we will be able to approve your requested rent increases, please complete a housing survey form below for each of the different unassisted units that you have for rent in Davenport.

Annual Rent Adjustment Form
Housing Survey
Property Listing Form
Section 8 Housing Landlord FAQ's
Landlord's Guide to Section 8
Direct Deposit Form
Contact Us

Office of Assisted Housing
501 W. 3rd Street
Davenport, IA 52802
 (563) 326-7899
 TDD at (563) 326-7912.
Monday thru Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m