The City of Carroll has begun working with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on a program to help improve housing in the area. The Rural Housing Readiness Assessment program, or RHRA, has been implemented in over 40 rural communities across Iowa and has won numerous awards for assisting communities in the development of housing action plans.
The program begins with a self-assessment of the community that collects relevant plans, studies, resolutions, and ordinances. As part of this assessment, input from the wider community is sought to help highlight housing needs from residents and people who travel to Carroll to work. Feedback from the survey will assist the Housing Committee to develop priorities in the city’s action plan. Survey results will be included in the final report from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, along with all the presentation materials, a detailed action plan and relevant resources to support those efforts.