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IowaHousingSearch.org Provides Real-Time Rental Vacancy Information to Iowans, Including Disaster Victims

Published on October 7, 2020 by Iowa Finance Authority
IowaHousingSearch.org Provides Real-Time Rental Vacancy Information to Iowans, Including Disaster Victims

Statewide Website Links Renters with Available Units

Des Moines – The IowaHousingSearch.org website offers Iowans searching for rental housing, including those that may be temporarily displaced due to natural disaster, a resource of up-to-date rental units with current vacancies. The website offers detailed listings of 56,000 housing units, including more than 2,200 immediately available units in the 27 counties declared disaster areas after the August derecho.

“The IowaHousingSearch.org site is a powerful resource that provides a critical link between thousands of available rental units and the Iowans searching for them,” said Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Debi Durham.  “This tool becomes even more critical in providing real time information after a natural disaster that unfortunately may leave Iowans in need of immediate, temporary housing.”

IowaHousingSearch.org is supported by a toll-free, bilingual call center and is designed to give renters, landlords, housing professionals and social service providers access to detailed information about real-time rental housing vacancies.

The website was initially launched in 2014 and has grown to represent all types of rental units in Iowa, representing a current total of 740 unique landlords. Renters in search of housing or landlords interested in listing rental units may visit IowaHousingSearch.org or call 1.877.428.8844 (Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Central Time).

The website offers a free way for landlords to advertise properties through detailed listings that highlight amenities, special features, pictures, maps and extensive information about accessibility features and nearby amenities such as parks, schools and hospitals.

In addition to online technical support and a toll-free, multilingual call center for customer service, IowaHousingSearch.org also provides live webinar trainings upon request for service and property providers, housing and social caseworkers and agency and property staff. The service is funded by the Iowa Finance Authority.

The Iowa Legislature created the Iowa Finance Authority in 1975 to undertake programs to assist in the attainment of housing for low- and moderate-income Iowans. Since then, the Iowa Finance Authority’s role has grown to include affordable housing, water quality and beginning farmer programs.