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 Sarah Snitker.
Return applications by hand or mail to:
Upper Explorerland RPC (UERPC)
134 West Greene Street
PO Box 219
Postville, IA 52162
“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
Beginning July 1st, 2020, the City of Oelwein will begin offering residents a new funding source to finance needed home repairs and improve residential neighborhoods and livability of single-family homes. The Home Rehabilitation Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Program provides low interest loans to residents meeting eligibility criteria.
The City recognizes the entire community benefits when everyone has stable, decent, and affordable housing. The intent of this program is to expand on existing efforts targeting low income households by offering the same opportunities to residents across a broader range of socio-economic statuses. Residents with up to 150% of the MHI for Fayette County are eligible to apply for assistance.
“Establishing a dedicated, self-funded program provides greater stability and flexibility to successfully grow a community and meet the housing needs of its current and future residents. This freedom will allow tailoring of the program to the exact needs of the City of Oelwein,” said Katie Nolte, Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) Housing Department Head.
The minimum loan amount is $1,000 and the maximum amount is $15,000. Interest rates range from one to four percent. Homeowners with household income greater than 100% of the Fayette County median income will be required to provide matching funds of 10-25% of total project costs. Both interest rate and match funds are determined by household size and income level.
UERPC will administer the program on behalf of the City. Applications will be accepted by UERPC on a continuous basis. Applications can be obtained at the Upper Explorerland Office at 134 West Greene Street, Postville, at City Hall, or by phone at 563-864-7551. You can also obtain an application online at www.uerpc.org or www.cityofoelwein.org.
Interested parties should contact Katie Nolte or Lee Balik at UERPC at 563-864-7551 or email email@example.com with any questions or to be sent an application packet.
The draft RPA-1 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for federal fiscal years (FFY) 2021-2024 is available for public review and comment and can be viewed by clicking the link at the bottom of this page. RPA-1 includes the Counties of Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek in northeast Iowa. The TIP document identifies the multimodal transportation projects—street, transit, highway, bridge, planning, and pedestrian and bicycle facilities—on which state and federal funding will be used over the next four years within the RPA-1 region.
Please CLICK HERE to review the document and submit any comments. Comments must be received no later than Monday, July 6, 2020.
The RPA-1 Transportation Policy Board will hold a public hearing at its meeting on July 7, 2020 to receive and review comments on the draft RPA-1 TIP. For information on the July 7 meeting, please contact Aaron Detter by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (563) 419-6126.
During the pandemic, UERPC has had to rethink our way of doing business. We feel the best solution for the safety of our staff and our clients is to open by appointment only.
To make an appointment, please contact either office (Postville 563-864-7551 or Decorah 563-382-6171) or contact a specific staff member to set up a meeting.
When visiting our office for your appointment, you will be asked to wait at the front door until a staff member comes to welcome you. We ask that you use provided hand sanitizer prior to entering and to also wear a mask while in our facility (if you do not have a mask, one will be provided at the door). This is for your safety as well.
We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
The UERPC June 2020 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/81091f451e91/uerpc-june-2020-newsletter-3208770
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