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Iowa puts housing rentals onto new online database


Looking to rent?  The state of Iowa has a new online tool to help renters and landlords.  It's free.

The expansion of CF industries south of Sioux City is expected to require 2,000 construction workers, and they have a new way of finding a place to stay.

"When there's job growth there's workforce housing needs. A lot of times when companies are looking to place a business or grow a business, they want to know, are their workers going to have an affordable, decent place to live,” said David Jamison, Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director.

Now, that answer is as easy as a click of the mouse. While many real estate firms have their own online housing databases, Iowa Housing Search dot org is the first state-run resource. You set the criteria. Filters include cost, number of bedrooms, and proximity to public transportation. Listings could include income-based apartments to market-rate condo rentals. There are 1,300 units listed in Woodbury County, but officials want more landlords to get involved.

"I think it's a tremendous opportunity to take advantage and get some exposure at no cost,” David Gleiser, Woodbury County Rural Economic Development Director.

The non-profit Community Housing Initiatives, which owns several properties in Sioux City, has already seen quite a few inquiries from the data base since the site went live.

"It's current. So, the possible tenants who are looking for an apartment in Sioux City. It's up to date and it's easy to find,” Matt Miller, Community Housing Initiatives explained.

While the database is only for rentals, officials hope it leads some to make Siouxland their permanent home.

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