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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 15, 2005

Skorton Issues Statement On Students, Low-Income Housing

Because of continuing concerns that University of Iowa students who have financial resources to live elsewhere are occupying housing intended for low-income people and families, I am today asking two top University officials to offer to help to close loopholes in income eligibility guidelines for taxpayer-subsidized housing.

Executive Vice President and Provost Michael Hogan and Vice President for Student Services Phillip Jones will contact and offer to work with officials of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Iowa Finance Authority, the Iowa City Housing Authority, and other interested parties to develop new eligibility guidelines aimed at insuring that housing intended for low-income people and families does indeed serve those most in need, whether they are students or not.

University officials and I believe that the best way to achieve that goal is to develop eligibility guidelines that take into account all forms of student income. Once those updated guidelines are approved and implemented by the appropriate governmental authorities, we will make every effort to insure that University of Iowa students are made aware of, understand, and respect them. We will keep the public informed as our work develops.

David Skorton

University of Iowa President

STORY SOURCE: University Relations, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1000.

MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Parrott,, phone 319-335-0552, cell 319-530-6972