Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) - designed to assist in the development, maintenance, and improvement of state and local emergency management capabilities. It provides support to state and local governments to achieve measurable results in key functional areas of emergency management.
Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) - intended to provide financial and technical assistance as well as national direction and guidance to enhance state, territorial, tribal, and local hazardous materials emergency planning and training. The HMEP grant program distributes fees collected from shippers and carriers of hazardous materials to eligible Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) for hazmat planning and training. HMEP grant funds are administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. HSEMD serves as the administering agency in Iowa for HMEP grants.
The Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) - specifically, the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP). The State Homeland Security Program provides assistance to state and local entities to prepare for terrorist attacks involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD). It authorizes purchase of specialized equipment to enhance state and local agencies’ capability in preventing and responding to WMD incidents and other terrorist incidents, and provides funds for protecting critical infrastructure of national importance. This program provides funds for designing, developing, conducting, and evaluating terrorism response exercises; developing and conducting counter-terrorism training programs; and updating and implementing each state’s homeland security strategy. Iowa HSEMD is the administering agency in Iowa for HSGP grants.
FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs provide funding opportunities both pre- and post-disaster. The two non-disaster grants are the Pre-Disaster Mitigation program and the Flood Mitigation Assistance program. The Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program provides funds on an annual basis for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects prior to a disaster. The goal of the PDM program is to reduce overall risk to the population and structures, while at the same time, also reducing reliance on Federal funding from actual disaster declarations. The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program was created to assist States and communities in implementing measures that reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to buildings insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). There are three types of FMA grants available to states and communities: planning, project, and management cost grants. FMA grants are part of the Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs.
Disaster grants are only received following a Presidential Disaster Declaration.
Public Assistance program - FEMA awards grants to assist state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations with the response to and recovery from disasters. The program provides funding for debris removal, implementation of emergency protective measures and permanent restoration of infrastructure. The program also encourages protection from future damage by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process. The state works with FEMA to manage the program and administer the funding.
Hazard Mitigation funding also becomes available when a Presidential Disaster Declaration is made. Eligible applicants of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), part of HMA (see above), include state agencies and local governments, federally-recognized Indian tribal governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations (PNPs) according to the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 44, Section 206.221 (e). The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 also requires that a FEMA-approved local hazard mitigation plan be in place prior to FEMA awarding HMGP project funds.
Increasing access to affordable, quality housing has long been a top priority for the City of Decorah and economic development officials. UERPC has resources that can help low- to moderate-income homeowners maintain their homes.
These two organizations are coming together to provide information about existing and potential future resources to address housing sustainability at a public open house for UERPC Housing resources.
EVENT DETAILS: Tuesday, February 23 5:30-6:30 pm
IN-PERSON: At the Decorah City Council Chambers
**Masks and social distancing are required**
Any member of the public is welcome to attend, though some funding sources may only be available to Decorah homeowners.
318 7th Street SW, Oelwein
Thurs, Feb. 25, 2021 4 PM – 6PM
Tour a home with the Homes for Iowa project. See how the homes are built. Explore how you could develop or own a Homes for Iowa home.
The open house will include tours of the home and conversations with Oelwein City Officials, UERPC representatives and Homes for Iowa board members. No RSVP is required.
The Homes for Iowa house made its way from Newton, IA up to Oelwein, IA in December 2020. The home traveled at 15 mph over the course of two days before arriving in town. Come take a peek at the finished product!
For more information regarding Homes for Iowa, contact UERPC's Rachelle Howe at email@example.com.
UERPC and the Northeast Iowa Business Network are hosting the Northeast Iowa Housing Summit for economic development, construction, housing finance, real estate and local government professionals on Wednesday, March 24th. Two virtual sessions will be offered.
Participants can learn about programs and initiatives from Iowa Finance Authority Staff and the UERPC housing department. Special guest Rick Hunsaker from Region 12 Council of Governments will join the evening session to share how his organization has leveraged local resources and statewide programs to create affordable housing opportunities in rural west-central Iowa.
Topics covered will include:
The first session (10:00am-12:00pm) will have information for local government officials and area real estate finance professionals and will cover programs available in Northeast Iowa through UERPC.
The second session (5:00pm-6:00pm) will cover state programs that could benefit local communities.
Anyone working with the field of housing in Northeast Iowa is encouraged to attend one or both of the sessions. Both sessions will be held via Zoom. To RSVP for one or both of the Northeast Iowa Housing Summit sessions, email Katelyn Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UERPC is thrilled to assist Howard County and Upper Iowa Beef (UIB) with a Career Link Transportation Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in an amount of $109,200.
This program provides funding to support transportation for individuals to travel to job activities or job education opportunities. Funding is provided through local governments to non-profit transportation service providers for operational expenses (not for purchasing buses or other equipment).
This project will assist UIB, a beef processing plant within Lime Springs, IA, with transportation services. These services will assist low to moderate income persons in obtaining and securing quality employment while at the same time aiding UIB with retaining a high-quality workforce. These CDBG funds will provide the gap financing that is needed now to get this transportation service up and running for the low-income passengers that want to work but cannot afford a vehicle of their own or to travel long commutes in their personal vehicle.
Thanks goes out to the multiple entities that are invested in and fully support this program: Howard County Supervisors, Howard County Economic Development, Northeast Iowa Community Action and the City of Lime Springs.