Osceola County Communities receive state housing assessment grants

Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Economic Development Authority announced more than $500,000 in grant funding will be awarded to rural communities across the state through the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative.

The Osceola County cities of Ashton, Ocheyedan and Sibley were all successful in their recent applications for the 2022 Rural Housing Assessment Grants.

The Rural Housing Assessment Grant program supports efforts to expand access to quality housing tailored to communities. The program leverages data from the Iowa Finance Authority’s Profile of Iowa tool and provides support through a partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

The communities will go through a series of workshops to determine a housing plan and once the process is complete will receive a $10,000 grant to use toward housing initiatives.