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SICOG housing trust fund honored with HousingIowa award

Published: Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 11:31 a.m. CDT

CORALVILLE — The Southern Iowa Council of Governments (SICOG) housing trust fund was recently awarded the HousingIowa Single-Family Housing Development Award at Iowa Finance Authority’s 2013 HousingIowa conference in Coralville.

Providing Assistance for Teachers Housing (PATH) is an innovative program that has proven to be successful in helping teachers achieve their life goals – educatingyouths and owning a home.

The program was designed to provide an incentive for teachers to purchase homes by providing a $20,000 forgivable loan.

The funds are in the form of a principal buy-down, thereby reducing the monthly mortgage payment. The $20,000 is forgiven over a 10-year period to encourage longevity and stability.

This program helps keep young teachers in the local area by providing assistance for affordable housing and encouraging teachers to develop a foundation in the community.

By having teachers who are established and committed, it thereby allows freedom for educators to focus on teaching youths.

The program has seen early success, and five teachers have already taken advantage of the funding. In addition, the program has already met the following objectives it set out to accomplish:

• Created partnerships

• Assisted moderate- and below-income people obtain affordable housing

• Leveraged additional dollars from non-traditional sources

• Substantially reduced the amount of income expended on housing

• Helped in the retention of quality teachers

PATH is not only beneficial to the individual teachers, but will also prove to be a recruiting tool.

“I congratulate Southern Iowa Council of Governments housing trust fund on their commitment to affordable housing in their community and for providing an avenue for teachers to become first-time home buyers.

The benefits of PATH will reap many benefits, not only for the teachers, but for their local communities for many generations to come,” said Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Dave Jamison.

“The Southern Iowa Council of Governments housing trust fund is honored and humbled to receive this recognition from the Iowa Finance Authority,” said Timothy Ostroski, executive director of SICOG. “The SICOG HTF tries to implement programs that are beneficial to individuals, communities and the area that we serve.”

An independent panel of judges scored the HousingIowa awards. More information on the HousingIowa Conference is available at: www.IFAMeetings.com.

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