Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund

Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund

Upper Explorerland established a Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund for Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties. The Housing Assistance Plan has been approved for certification from the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA). The goal is to develop, redevelop, rehabilitate, and renovate single-family and/or multi-family owner-occupied and rental dwellings. This will be to render assistance to economically and socially disadvantaged persons in Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties. It will possibly fund: roof repair, furnace repair and replacement, energy efficiency updates, electrical and plumbing, handicap accessibility, homebuyer assistance, etc. Funding limits are set at $10,000 per project including 1st time homebuyers.

The Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund sponsors FREE Green Iowa Home Energy Assessments for low-moderate income single family homes.

Go to https://energydistrict.org/services/home-efficiency-program/ to see if you qualify.

For more information please contact Lori Quam at lquam@uerpc.org.

For this program, applicants must complete a First Time Homebuyer Education Course, as well as provide a certificate of completion. This course can be completed through one of the HUD approved agencies, or applicant may find their own online course so long as a certificate is provided. 

Go to https://apps.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/hcc/hcs.cfm?webListAction=search&searchstate=IA to find a list of HUD approved agencies near you.

Return applications by hand or mail to:

          Upper Explorerland RPC (UERPC)

          325 Washington Street

          Decorah, IA 52101

Testimonials

Testimonials

“I want to express my deepest gratitude to be chosen to benefit from your Housing Trust Fund, I feel very fortunate to say the least.  My very old fuel oil burning furnace was a high burden each year for me to pay on my fixed income and it was not efficient at all. Everyone worked well together as all the necessary steps fell into place to complete this for me. The new equipment will lower my utilities and help me immensely on my fixed income.  I can’t say enough about how happy I am for being chosen to receive all of this.”

Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund client from rural Fayette


“I wish to thank Sarah and the NEIRHTF for the opportunity for me to get the shingles replaced on my roof. I could not have afforded to have it done otherwise. Sarah was extremely helpful and was able to answer any questions or concerns I had.”

Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund client from Oelwein


“My house is once again my home. My roof was leaking and my chimney was ready to fall over. I was a few years away from affording a new roof. Luckily, someone introduced me to the NEIRHTF program at Upper Explorerland in Postville. The people and the program made it possible to get the project done in a short time. They were helpful and thorough, also good communicators. I will be forever grateful to the people and the program. I feel happy and safe in my home now. Thank you.”

Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund client


"What a wonderful program! Home improvement and repair projects are stressful and scary. Finding ways to pay for them is sometimes the hardest part. I wish I had known about this years ago! Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity!"

Northeast Iowa Housing Trust Fund client from Decorah


"I found that the workers were great! As for the NEIRHTF program, you couldn't find a better program. The staff were always so nice to me, and I really appreciated that."

Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund client from Postville


"I can't thank you enough for all your help! Our house looks so beautiful now. Thank you so very much! You guys are great! We would not have been able to do it without your help!"

Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund client from Ossian


"All the work done on my roof went very well and was completed on time. I have only positive things to say about the Northeast Iowa Housing Trust Fund."

Northeast Iowa Housing Trust Fund client from Monona


"The new windows were just what we needed. All the people we worked with were wonderful. The process was simple to understand and complete. We love our new windows and are grateful for the help we got because we would have never gotten them without it. Thank you so much for being there!!!"

Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund client from Oelwein


"I am so grateful for this program. My house is considerably old, and the renovations your program has assisted me with are making a huge difference in energy efficiency and look great! Thank you so much!"

Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund client from Lansing


"I cannot say enough good things about the NEIRHTF program. I have lived in my home for 20 years and could not afford to do all the things that needed to be done. The program assures the work done on my house was acceptable and complete. I have learned so much from this program."

Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund client from McGregor


"I want to thank the NEIRHTF Board for allowing me to participate in their program to update my home. This will allow me to be able to have the convenience of having a bath facility on the main floor, and it updated my HVAC and electrical. These programs are a win-win, and I'm grateful I found this opportunity. Thanks to all who helped me."

Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund client from Garber

News Headlines

The September 2022 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, September 19, 2022

The UERPC September 2022 Newsletter is here! 

Highlights include:

  • YOU'RE INVITED! UERPC's 50th Anniversary Celebration on October 18th!
  • Mark Your Calendars for the Get Charged Up! EV Event! on October 13th!
  • Open House for Fayette County Housing Study on Sept. 22nd in Fayette
  • UERPC Announces Grant Awards for Transportation Projects
  • UERPC Attends Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals National Conference
  • UERPC Notices
  • Northeast Iowa STEM Festival is October 27th!
  • Funding Available through the Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Program
  • Job-related Resources
  • September 5-2-1-0 Feature

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Open house for Fayette County housing study Sept. 22 in Fayette

Posted: Fri, September 9, 2022

UERPC wrapped up a housing study this summer for Fayette County in collaboration with Fayette County Economic Development and Tourism (FCEDT). The goal of this effort was to identify housing needs and gaps to assist local stakeholders in finding solutions to current and future housing challenges.

All Fayette County stakeholders, residents, and community leaders are invited to join UERPC and FCEDT for an open house to learn about the completed study. The open house will be on Thursday, September 22, 2022, from 5pm-7pm at the Fayette Opera House in Fayette, Iowa. Attendees will have the opportunity to review the study and chat with representatives about how the study was conducted and how to best utilize the analysis for efforts to improve and expand housing in Fayette County communities.

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UERPC announces grant awards for transportation projects

Posted: Fri, August 19, 2022

Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) today announces more than $3.5 million in federal transportation grants for local projects, supporting more than $6 million in total project investments in the region.

UERPC is the designated Regional Planning Affiliation (RPA-1) for the northeast Iowa counties of Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek. Each year, the five-county region receives federal funding for diverse transportation projects that further the goals of RPA-1’s Long-range Transportation Plan. The RPA-1 Transportation Policy Board is responsible for evaluating grant applications and deciding which projects are awarded. Funding is typically awarded four years out (2026 for this round), but some projects received funding for 2023 and 2024 during this year’s application cycle.

The grants can support a wide variety of projects. Some address needed maintenance of the rural secondary road system, such as Fayette County’s pavement overlay project on W42/Juniper Road. Others, like the Main Street/IA-9 Corridor Vision Plan for the City of Lansing, support transportation planning efforts.

Funding also supports non-motorized transportation infrastructure, such as the City of Guttenberg’s Big Springs/Mississippi River Trail Connection; continued development of the Dry Run Trail in Winneshiek County; and an extension of the Turkey River Recreational Corridor trail east of Elgin into Clayton County.

The grants are funded by the Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) Program, and the STBG set-aside for transportation enhancements and alternatives. Continued and increased funding for these programs was enabled by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, passed by Congress and signed into law last year.

Through these projects, RPA-1 seeks to advance the regional transportation goals set forth in the Long-range Transportation Plan. A complete listing of projects funded through the next four years can be found in the RPA-1 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) document, available at uerpc.org/transportation.html. Additional information about UERPC and Regional Planning Affiliation 1, including the region’s Long-range Transportation Plan, “Safe Mobility for Everyone,” can also be found at the link above.

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The August 2022 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Wed, August 17, 2022

The UERPC August 2022 Newsletter is here! 

Highlights include:

  • YOU'RE INVITED! UERPC's 50th Anniversary Celebration on October 18th!
  • Mark Your Calendars for the Get Charged Up! EV Event! on October 13th!
  • Gov. Reynolds Issues Disaster Proclamation for Five Counties
  • Homes for Iowa Home Arrives in Fayette
  • NEIRHTF Accepting Applications
  • Homebuyer Educational Courses Offered
  • Back-to-School Transportation Safety:  It's the responsibility of each of us
  • UERPC Notices
  • Waukon and Lansing Residents and Business Owners:  Northeast Iowa Needs Your Help!
  • 5-yr CEDS Report Adopted
  • Funding Available for Upper Explorerland Regional Housing Authority Section 8 Program
  • Job-related Resources
  • The Walking and Biking School Bus Fall Season is Almost Here!
  • Keep Iowa Beautiful Photo Contest is Now Open
  • UERPC Employee Spotlight Board Brings Smiles and Spreads Kindness!
  • August 5-2-1-0 Feature

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