Housing Assistance

The waiting list is currently open! Click the "Online Application" link here or to the left to apply online. Office hours are Monday thru Thursday 8am to 5pm.


The Housing Choice Voucher Program is a rental assistance program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. To be eligible for the program, a household must first meet income requirements. All participants must have an initial gross annual income of less than 50% of area median income. Under the program, the tenant pays a minimum of 30% of their income toward their housing costs. The program pays the difference between the rent amount and household income, up to a set payment standard.

INCOME LIMITS: Effective 5-1-2023

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
50% 30,750 35,150 39,550 43,900 47,450 50,950 54,450 57,950

PAYMENT STANDARDS: Effective 10-1-2022

O Bed 1 Bed 2 Beds 3 Beds 4 Beds 5 Beds 6 Beds
691 814 1027 1365 1750 1787 2020


Community Services Office
220 Clay Street
Cedar Falls Iowa 50613
Lower level (HOUSING window)  
(319) 273-8669


Click the "Online Application" link here or to the left to apply online.


We want to ensure equal access and participation of all persons interested in our housing programs. If you have a disability requiring an accommodation for participation in the program, please let us know. To request a Reasonable Accommodation you must complete and return the Reasonable Accommodation form. Examples of an accommodation may include:

  • A change in the way we communicate with you or give you information;  
  • A person-to-person meeting to help explain program rules;  
  • An interpreter (sign language for hearing impaired);
  • Large print documents (for visually impaired);
  • A change in a rule or policy that will provide an equal opportunity for you or your family to participate in the program.


Cedar Falls has adopted local preferences as outlined below. Applicants will be assigned applicable local preferences, based on the documentation provided with the application.  

PREFERENCE 1 Families with dependent children who have legal domicile in Cedar Falls or work in Cedar Falls.

Elderly Head of Household (62 years or older).

Disabled Head of Household.

Photo ID and social security cards for all adults.

Birthdates /social security number for all dependent children.

Lease or utility bill in the name of the applicant, showing residence within city limits of Cedar Falls (if applicable).

Letter or paystub from a business operating in Cedar Falls (if applicable).

Receipt of SSI or Statement of Disability form (if applicable).
PREFERENCE 2 Families with dependent children who do not have legal domicile in Cedar Falls. Photo ID and social security card for adults.

Birthdates and social security numbers for all children.

PREFERENCE 3 Single non-elderly, non-disabled individuals. Photo ID and social security card.


Due to the number of applications on file, calls to inquire about your number on the Waiting List are discouraged. If you are contacting the office to ask about your number on the Waiting List, staff will only advise you if your application is active.


The City of Cedar Falls will not discriminate against any applicant, participant, or any client because of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin or ancestry, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, or familial status; nor will any criteria be applied, nor information be considered, pertaining to attributes or behavior that may be imputed by some to a particular group or category.


Your rental assistance is important. We want those who qualify to have every opportunity to participate in the program. All participants have certain responsibilities to ensure the funds are being properly spent and to make sure that the participant is paying the proper amount of rent that is affordable and correctly calculated. Participants who do not accept their responsibilities will be terminated from the program.


  • Owners interested in participating in the Housing Choice Voucher Program may contact the Community Services Office at (319) 273-8669 for more information.
  • Housing Choice Voucher Program