The Governor's Housing Task Force will meet in Storm Lake Monday and Tuesday to discuss the unique challenges facing housing development in rural areas. A public forum Monday night will offer opportunities for the Task Force to address those concerns and make recommendations to the state.
Storm Lake Area Development Corporation (SLADC), in conjunction with the Governor's Housing Task Force, will host the public forum, "Housing Issues in Rural Iowa, Finding and Filling the Gap," Monday, Oct. 23, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Buena Vista University in Hansen Room 8 in the Siebens Forum. All members of the public are invited to attend.
The forum will discuss such issues as elderly residents in rural Iowa, community housing needs assessments, current and anticipating housing development and rehabilitation projects.
Also participating in the forum will be representatives from Methodist Manor, Community Housing Initiatives, USDA Rural Development, B.V. County ISU Extension, Sioux Rapids 2000, Northwest Iowa Planning and Development Commission and others.
"There is a lot of talent on the Housing Task Force, and the members are developing recommendations regarding the future of Iowa's housing programs," said Jim Gossett, executive director of SLADC and chair of the Rental Committee of the Task Force. "We are honored to host the Task Force and look forward to hearing what the people of rural Iowa have to say about the housing needs here, and what can be done to help."
The Task Force is preparing to finish drafting recommendations for the Governor to develop a statewide housing policy in the next few weeks.
The Governor's Housing Task Force will meet Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., to introduce committee recommendations and begin discussions. The Task Force will meet in Siebens Forum at BVU. The Task Force plans to meet again in November to finalize recommendations.