Housing Needs Assessment

Story County contracted with RDG in 2020 to complete a comprehensive housing needs
assessment.

The purpose of the study and assessment is to identify existing and future housing stock throughout Story County (excluding the City of Ames) and to identify strategies that will help ensure the housing market provides housing opportunities for all income levels. It provides an analysis of affordability throughout the housing market for all population segments of the County.2021_01_18 Story County Housing Study (High Res)

The last comprehensive housing needs assessment conducted by Story County was compiled in July 1998. Much changed in the past 20 years. The Story County Housing Study stems from the initiative of leaders and residents in Story County recognizing these changes the need for a strategy forward.

The study provides an in-depth analysis of the current and future needs for affordable, workforce, and other housing options to bridge gaps in housing demand and supply. Each strategy in the study is tied to a wealth of information which forms a picture of Story County’s housing market today. The information includes qualitative and quantitative sources to analyze factors for each individual community in Story County, except for Ames, and for the unincorporated areas in the County. The strategies recognize the influence of Ames on the county’s other communities.

  1. Draft Story County Housing Needs Assessment
  2. Community Presentation Powerpoint
  3. Video of Community Presentation

The draft Story County Housing Needs Assessment can be accessed by clicking on the link below.

Draft Story County Housing Needs Assessment

What are your thoughts?

Story County wants to hear from you! Please review the draft document and watch the community presentation video from January 2021 to learn more by clicking on the tabs above. Feedback can be submitted using the Public Comment Form below.

Public Comment Form

Or you can submit comments by mail to: 

Story County Board of Supervisors
RE: Housing Study
900 6th Street
Nevada, Iowa 50201