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The Housing Fellowship will receive $75,400 in Iowa City grant funds and the land at 724 Ronalds Street to build a Student Built House affordable rental unit. Approval of the plan marks the return of a program shuttered in 2010 where Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) students receive construction training. The Home Builders Association Vocational Training Council (VTC) will manage construction needs. The city grant funds to acquire the property will come out of the Affordable Housing Opportunity Fund. At a Historic Preservation Commission July 14, The Housing Fellowship (THF) Executive Director Simon Andrew said the plan is to build one 3-5 bedroom home by the 2023-24 school year, but noted there could be enough space to split the lot into two. THF will be obligated to rent the home to households under 60% of the area median income. According to Neighborhood & Development Services Director Tracy Hightshoe, there are roughly 4,000 trade job vacancies in Iowa, with that number expected to increase by at least 7% by 2030. "It's a great project," said Councilor Janice Weiner during discussion. "Affordable housing, having the community see the kids get involved, getting a pathway into the trades which is so desperately needed – there's a whole variety of positives." Now the Housing Fellowship will hold a Good Neighbor Meeting to discuss their future plans with the land. They will need to submit all plans to the Historic Preservation Commission since the lot resides in the Brown Street Historic District.