WASHINGTON, DC — Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission (SEIRPC) based in West Burlington has received a 2019 Aliceann Wohlbruck Impact Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for the Homes for Iowa program.

Homes for Iowa will build affordable homes and train offenders in building trades at the Newton Correctional Facility.

The result is affordable homes for Iowa, reduced recidivism through training and more available workforce in the building trades.

SEIRPC led development of the homebuilding program with Iowa Prison Industries and the Iowa Association of Councils of Governments (ICOG).

The program is patterned off the Governor’s House Program in South Dakota, led by the South Dakota Housing Finance Authority.

Homes for Iowa has six homes under construction in 2019, with 16 to follow in 2020. Homes are available for sale from Iowa Councils of Governments. In southeast Iowa, contact SEIRPC at (866) 753-5107).

The homes will cost $75,000, delivered and placed on site. Each home is complete except for floor coverings and appliances.

Award-winning projects were honored during NADO’s 2019 Annual Training Conference Oct. 19-22 in Reno, Nevada. The 2019 class of award recipients consists of 100 projects from 66 organizations spanning 24 states.