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A mixed methods study on housing affordability, availability, and quality of rental properties and single-family home properties gathered data for Sioux County, Iowa and Orange City, Iowa. With quantitative data about Sioux County and more focused qualitative research in Orange City. Quantitative research was conducted through examining and compiling existing data. Qualitative survey research included a clustered sample and stratified random sample of homes in Orange City. The qualitative research had four major themes and three minor themes. The major themes are: Unknown Needs and Bias: Hispanic Community, (Un)Affordability, Lacking Rentals, and Lacking of Housing Awareness among Homeowners. The three minor themes are: Neat and Tidy Community, Promising Developments, and Taxes are Taxing people. When qualitative and quantitative data were integrated, the lack of available and affordable housing became apparent, as well as stigmas against the renters and the Hispanic population. Government and community response action plans were suggested. The Orange City government was charged with the creation of a new community housing committee, providing incentives for the construction of more housing units, and the creation of an up-to-date rental database available to anyone in the community or looking to move in. The community actions suggested were increased housing awareness, advocacy, and the creation of a community-housing plan.


Report compiled for Community Health Partners of Sioux County under the supervision and revision of Dr. Valerie Stokes, LISW for Northwestern College's SWK386 Community Theory and Practice course.

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