Guide To Housing

MidAmerica Housing Partnership

Rental • Homeownership • Volunteer • Education • Iowans $ave!


MidAmerica Housing Partnership (MAHP) operates as a private nonprofit community housing development and property management corporation, to pursue and provide support for economic development activities that:

  • Build, preserve, and enhance decent affordable housing.
  • Support and rejuvenate urban neighborhoods and rural communities.
  • Empower our constituency through inclusive decision making, using facilitation and consensus.
  • Provide housing related work for hard to employ populations and youth.
  • Create educational opportunities to encourage careers in the housing field.

We will achieve our mission through assisting others, participating in joint ventures, or acting as sole practitioner.


What types of services do MAHP Provide?

Home Ownership Opportunities

New and rehabilitated homes for purchase located throughout Iowa, including Cedar Rapids, Central City, Washington, Belle Plaine, Shenandoah and many others.

Rental Opportunities

MAHP rents efficiency to 3 bedroom apartments that are

priced below market rent. No application fee and all forms

of rental assistance are accepted.

Classes and Workshops

Tenant/Landlord Partnership Program

This class educates tenants and landlords about each other’s rights and responsibilities.

Homebuyer’s Certification Course

This class is designed for first time home buyers and meets pre-purchase requirements for some housing loan programs.

Financial Management Workshops

These workshops are designed to help you take control of your money and direct it where you want it to go.


How can you help MAHP

Volunteer Opportunities

Help MAHP serve the community and its residents by volunteering. We will provide tools, supplies, snacks, and supervision while you or your group participates in rehabilitating a house.

Sponsorship is also an option! Each group that agrees to sponsor a home simply identifies 10 individuals that commit to the project. These individuals often provide differing amounts of labor. Your group could also recruit other volunteers to participate from other organizations. Each group is able to choose the date and time of participation, as well as the length of their involvement.

During the project MAHP will announce your group’s involvement to the local media and provide a certificate of appreciation for your efforts when the project is complete.


MAHP is looking for organizations and/or individuals to make monetary donations as well as in kind gifts such as vehicles, tools, computers, and supplies. All donations are tax deductible.

EcoYouth Is Coming Soon!

EcoYouth is a paid, job-training program that provides at-risk youth with the skills and experience needed to achieve full-time employment and self-sufficiency. The program sustains itself by recovering used building materials for resale to the general public. EcoYouth Salvage reduces the community’s landfill costs by diverting reusable building materials from the waste stream.

To be a part of the community focus group that is launching EcoYouth, contact MAHP by phone or e-mail.


Classes and Workshops

Homebuyers Certification Course

This is a comprehensive pre-purchase class especially designed for first-time homebuyers. This class provides participants with tools and information to make sense of the home buying process.

Tenant Landlord Partnership Program

This class teaches tenants and landlords about each other’s rights and responsibitities. Upon satisfactory completion of the course, each participant will receive a certificate which will be a valuable reference tool for both tenants and landlords.

Financial Literacy Workshops

These clases are designed to help you take control of your money and direct it where you want it to go. Topics include:



Financial Institutions

*All Classes and workshops are FREE Call for more information and class schedule. 365-MAHP


Are you looking for the home of your dreams?

Let MAHP help!

MAHP has built homes in new subdivisions and, with the help of volunteers, has rehabilitated and renovated older homes in established neighborhoods.

If a new home is pre-purchased, typically a homebuyer has 5 plans and a number of aesthetic components to choose from.

These new three bedroom homes are designed for maximum energy efficiency with ready-to-finish basements and garages available.


Rental Income Guidelines

If your household makes less than the guidelines below specify,

you are eligible to apply for one of the following rental units.

Family Size Quarton Place Clark’s Ford All Others

One Person $18,800 $51,700 $23,500
Two People $21,500 $59,050 $26,850
Three People $24,150 $66,450 $32,200
Four People $26,850 $73,800 $33,500
Five People $79,750 $36,250
Six People $38,900
Seven People $41,600
Eight People $44,300


Rental Opportunities

Agin Court Apartments

3207 – 3325 Agin Court NE

This newer complex consists of five eight-plex buildings with two bedroom and one bath apartments for $450 with heat and water paid. Agin Court is conveniently located on Blairs Ferry Road NE, between I-380 and Edgewood Road.


  • Easy access to bus line
  • Near shopping
  • Air conditioned
  • Access controlled entrance
  • On site laundry facilities
  • Cats welcome

Brown Apartments

1234-1238 4th Avenue SE

This 15 unit horse-shoe shaped, brick building is the former home of the famous American artist and creator of American Gothic, Grant Wood. The natural light and hardwoods that were the height of luxury in 1912 make these efficiencies ($280), one ($370), two ($450) and three ($495) bedroom apartments unique.


  • Heat and water paid
  • Hardwood floors
  • Off-Street parking
  • Located on bus line
  • Cats welcome
  • Access controlled entrance

Clark’s Ford Apartments

45 4th Street South

Central City, Iowa

This unique 6-plex offering 2 bedroom apartments for $495 per month with heat and water paid are the first project of Central City’s Main Street Initiative to be completed. This building that displays a historic “Boom Town” facade was opened in 2002.


  • 800 – 840 sq. ft.
  • Storage in basement
  • Air conditioned
  • Garbage disposals
  • On-site laundry facilities
  • Convenient parking
  • Private patios/balconies
  • Cats welcome

Coming Soon! The Gables

2701- 2725 12th Avenue SW

In October 2004 MAHP begon construction on this truly unique project making its arrival highly anticipated by the Cedar Rapids community. These apartments will include eight 3 bedroom and ten 4 bedroom townhouse style units, each with one bedroom and full bath on the first floor to allow for disabled tenants. Additionally, there will be two 3 bedroom units all on one floor for full handicap accessibility. Rent will be $485 for 3 bedrooms and $525 for 4 bedrooms with all utilities paid.


  • On site Laundry
  • Computer lab
  • Community room
  • Supportive service connection
  • Near many retail stores
  • Cats welcome

Cedar Valley Townhouses

3000 J Street SW

Cedar Valley offers one ($370), two ($460) and three bedrooms ($550) with water paid. The 186 townhouses are conveniently located off I-380 and are in the College Community School District.


  • Water paid
  • Full basement w/ laundry hookups
  • Two stories (2 & 3 BR)
  • Oak floors
  • Private patios
  • On bus line
  • Cats welcome
  • 1 1/2 baths (2 & 3 BR)
  • Resident Council
  • Convenient parking

Osada Apartments

905 3rd Street SE

A touch of Manhattan! Airy, skylit atrium, high ceilings and open brick walls enhance the apartments’ unique character. Renovated in 1998, the former Witwer warehouse now offers efficiencies ($272), one ($385), two ($482) and three ($551) bedroom apartments with heat and water paid. Outside is a community garden and play area for kids.


  • On-site child care
  • Access controlled entrance
  • Laundry facilities on each floor
  • Resident Manager on location
  • Cats welcome
  • Convenient parking

William B. Quarton Place

85 Harbet Avenue NW

Named after MAHP’s founding benefactor, William B Quarton Place opened its doors August 2003 offering 22 efficiencies and six one bedroom apartments for households making at or below 40% of the area median income. Rent is $265 for efficiencies and $350 for one bedrooms with all utilities paid.


  • Laundry on every floor
  • Community room
  • Elevator
  • Handicap accessible
  • Community Manager
  • Cats welcome


Hud Rentals

Rent is based on 30% of the resident’s adjusted monthly income with all utilities paid.

Blairs Ferry Housing

3217 Agin Court NE

The facility, located on Blairs Ferry Road between I-380 and Edgewood Road provides 8 units of HUD subsidized housing to people with chronic mental illness.


  • One bed / One bath
  • Air conditioned
  • Controlled access
  • Laundry facilities
  • Easy access to bus line
  • Blocks from MercyCare Blairs Ferry
  • One cat or dog under 20 lbs.

Midway Apartments

65 Harbet Avenue NW

This facility, built and managed by MAHP, began operations June 1, 2001. Midway provides 10 units of HUD subsidized housing for people with chronic mental illness.


  • One bed /One bath
  • Laundry facilities
  • Air conditioned
  • Controlled access
  • MercyCare Johnson Ave.
  • One cat or dog under 20 lbs.


Purchase Money Mortgage

Buyers may qualify for a Purchase Money Mortgage to help bridge the gap between their mortgage capacity and the price of the home. Buyers do not have to pay back the Purchase Money Mortgage if they own and occupy the house for ten years.



Cash Assistance in Support of Homeownership

Through a grant from the City of Marion, MAHP is offering down payment assistance up to 5% of the purchase price of a home costing not more than $115,000, and closing cost assistance of $1,000 to individuals with income at or below 80% AMI,who are first time homebuyers and purchasing a home in the City of Marion.

Income Guidelines for Purchase Money Morgage and CASH Program

Household Size Income Limit*

One person $37,600

Two people $42,950

Three people $48,300

Four people $53,700

Five people $58,000

Six people $62,250


Iowans $ave! Program

Iowans $ave is a special savings program for income qualified households. With an “I-$ave!”, every dollar of savings is matched with another dollar up to $1,000 to be used to purchase a home.

Household Size Income Limit

One person $17,720

Two people $23,880

Three people $30,040

Four people $36,200

Five people $42,360