U of I Offers Funding Gap Housing

The University of Iowa has launched a new program that offers temporary housing for students who have lease gaps.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the university's lease-gap program provides students with rooms at a rate of $35 per night from July 20 to Aug. 4. Forty students are currently living at Burge Hall through the program.

Charles Tassell of the National Real Estate Investors Association says Iowa City's gaps between leases ending this month and beginning Aug. 1 is common in college towns nationwide. Landlords use the time for maintenance repairs and to clean.

Members of student government proposed the idea for temporary housing to the University Housing and Dining and Student Life in November. It's based on a program that launched at Iowa State University last year.

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