Law and Policy In Action Community-Based Projects

Step by Step

  • Project Summary

    The nonprofit Step By Step, Inc. and the City of Dubuque enlisted the Law and Policy In Action team to rehabilitate and transform an 1890s brownstone into seven universal design apartments and a community kitchen for use by persons with disabilities and other tenants. We conducted legal research, reviewed floor plans and drawings, conducted site audits, developed tenant eligibility preferences that HUD approved, as well as lease and application materials, assisted with technology and web access and hosted guided tours during the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The project has won several awards and received media coverage.

  • Student Legal Interns on Step by Step:
  • Todd Bagby                  Rachel Antonuccio
    Jacquelyn Famber        Aaron Aizenberg

    John Walker                 Karla Martinez

    Nick Kehrwald              Adam McCabe
    Kirsten Arnold              Matt Van Maasdam
    Sydney Gernstein         Ross Binder
    Benton Page                Abbey Lemek
    Michelle Croft              Amy Ambroson
    Elizabeth Albright        James Soliah
    Brieanne Billie             Emily Evers
    Sara Stephenson          Jaren Schmitt
    Sam Bailey                   Ian McCongehey

  • Project Reports and Documents


  • Pictures & Videos


    The historic exterior. The interior near the end of construction.
  • Homes For Our Future Video
  • Surveys and Checklists


  • Drawings & Floor Plans



  • Helpful Links & More


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Universal Design & Green Home Survey Checklist: Design your
home to be both livable and

Contractor in hardhat reviewing blueprints.

Checklist in English (.pdf file)
Checklist in English (.doc file)
Checklist in Spanish (.pdf file)
Checklist in Spanish (.doc file)

Conduct Your Own Universal Design Survey: Plan for your current and future housing needs.

Exterior wood walls of house under construction.

Survey in English (.pdf file)
Survey in English (.doc file) Survey in Spanish (.pdf file)
Survey in Spanish (.doc file)