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Project IOWA to Story County!


Stand with fellow AMOS leaders in Ames as we present a proposal for funding our workforce initiative, Project IOWA, to the Story County Board of Supervisors. To date, Project IOWA has trained and placed over 300 Central Iowans in living wage jobs with local employer partners. Support the expansion of this work with your presence at the Supervisors meeting:

Date: Tuesday, January 24th 

Time: Meeting begins at 10:00am (please arrive a few minutes early to sit together)

Location: Public Meeting Room located on the Second Floor of the Story County Administration Building, 900 6th Street, Nevada, Iowa 50201

Mark your calendar!


Join fellow AMOS leaders in Ames as we discuss and plan upcoming actions.


Next Ames Cluster meeting:


Date: Monday, January 23rd

Time: 5:30 - 7:00pm

Location: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames

Did you hear the news?

 

AMOS ups the number of affordable housing units in new Ames development


Since June, the Ames Housing Team has been advocating for the 321 State Avenue property [10.86 acres purchased by the City of Ames with CDBG funds for affordable housing development] to be developed with a variety of housing options for working families in Ames, with 60% of the developed units available to those at 60% or less of the average median income.

This parcel of land is currently zoned residential low-density, which requires single family detached housing on individual lots. While there are many feelings and opinions within the surrounding neighborhood, the loudest voices have been calling for exclusively owner-occupied units.

Ames has been experiencing a housing crisis for years with steadily increasing rents and inflating housing prices. There is a need in our community for a variety of housing types – variety in ownership, housing style, and price points.

At their January 10th meeting, the City Council acknowledged the need for a variety of affordable housing in Ames and passed three items to direct staff in their development of a Request for Proposal from developers for the 321 State Ave. property:
  • Increasing the minimum amount of affordable housing from 51% to 60%
  • Including rental units to be possible on the property (at a percentage decided by the developer in their proposal)
  • Allowing for detached and attached single-family housing (current zoning of RL limits to detached single-family only)
This is a win for AMOS and for families in Ames and Story County seeking high-quality affordable housing. Through the Ames Housing Team’s efforts of letter writing, direct contact with council and staff, and speaking and presence at council meetings the Ames City Council was influenced to increase the potential for affordable housing on this property.
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