Ames organizers to urge government support for affordable housing at Collegiate United Methodist

Isabella Rosario
Ames Tribune

The Ames cohort of A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy, or AMOS, will be gathering Monday evening in Campustown for an affordable housing event, according to a news release.

Organizers will be asking city council and mayoral candidates "to commit to supporting AMOS efforts for affordable housing in Ames," the release said.

The event will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Collegiate United Methodist Church, located at 2622 Lincoln Way. Attendees are asked to enter the east doors to Wesley Hall, which is located on the east side of the building behind the US Bank kiosk, and follow the posted signs.

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To register for the event in-person or watch the livestream online, RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/kyx8y2rv. Masks are required at the in-person event.

AMOS is holding the event because current funding levels for supportive and affordable housing are "inadequate and limited in Ames," the release said.

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According to last year's Story County Housing Study, there is a shortage of affordable units in Story County for households making less than $25,000 a year. There are 1,756 households living in this income range but 1,556 affordable units, the study found.

"Over the last decade, the leaders of AMOS institutions in Ames have been monitoring, organizing, and holding public officials accountable around affordable housing in Ames and Story County," organizers said in the release. "On October 18th, AMOS leaders in Ames will once again gather to secure commitment from elected officials regarding affordable housing in Ames."

Isabella Rosario is a public safety reporter for the Ames Tribune. She can be reached by email at irosario@gannett.com or on Twitter at @irosarioc.