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 Lee Balik at .

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)

          134 West Greene Street

          PO Box 219

          Postville, IA 52162

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 UERPC June 2021 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, June 21, 2021

The UERPC June 2021 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/51a344055bc6/uerpc-june-2021-newsletter-5551673

 

Highlights include:

  • Bike Helmets Provided to over 500 Students
  • ICOG Legislative Update- June 9, 2021
  • Winneshiek County Trail Safety Campaign
  • UERPC Mental Health Day Staff Highlights
  • UERPC is Opem
  • NOTICE:  UERPC offices will be closed on Monday, July 5th for Independence Day
  • Board Member Spotlight:  Barbara Collins
  • June SRTS Monthly Motivator:  Active Families Together!
  • June 5-2-1-0 Feature:  Encourage Families to be Healthy this Summer!

 

 

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Job Opening-Community Housing Associate

Posted: Fri, May 28, 2021
Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission is looking for a Community Housing Associate. The Community Housing Associate is a full-time position that works under the general direction of the Housing Department Head. Responsibilities include providing community development administrative and technical assistance to UERPC and its individual member cities and counties. This positions works primarily with federally funded programs designed to assist low income homeowners and first-time homebuyers with housing rehabilitation projects within the five-county region served by Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC). The Community Housing Associate assists with all aspects of administering grant programs within the Housing Department, including, but not limited to, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Program, Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund (NEIRHTF) and Federal Home Loan Bank.
 
For a full job description, go to www.uerpc.org/job-opportunities.
 
Upper Explorerland is an EEO/EEP employer. Please summit resume and cover letter to: Executive Director, Rachell Howe, at 325 Washington Street, Decorah, IA 52101 or email to rhowe@uerpc.org.
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The UERPC May 2021 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Fri, May 14, 2021

The UERPC May 2021 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/6d89c0365ad0/uerpc-may-2021-newsletter-5525705 

Highlights include:

  • All-In Allamakee! County Adopts Comprehensive Plan Developed in Partnership with UERPC
  • CDBG Grant Provides Affordable Work Transportation to Employees of Upper Iowa Beef in Lime Springs
  • Regional Transportation Planning Update
  • Emergency Broadband Benefit Program- Helping Families Connect During the Pandemic
  • UERPC Participates in Pick-Up Iowa
  • UERPC Celebrates Mental Health Awareness Month
  • UERPC is Open
  • Notice:  UERPC offices will be closed on Monday, May 31st for Memorial Day
  • Board Member Spotlight:  Larry Schellhammer
  • Senator Grassley Visits Northeast Iowa
  • New Tax Credits Support On-the-Clock Vaccination
  • NICC Virtual Training Opportunities
  • Winneshiek County Trail Safety Campaign
  • May SRTS Monthly Motivators:  May is Bike Month and Bike to School Day!
  • May 5-2-1-0 Feature:  May is Mental Health Month


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Transportation Policy Board to meet May 19th

Posted: Wed, May 12, 2021

The next RPA-1 Transportation Policy Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 19th, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. The Enhancement and Technical Committees will meet beforehand at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., respectively.

These meetings will take place via electronic means pursuant to the provisions of the Iowa Open Meetings Law, Section 21.8, Code of Iowa. For information on accessing the meeting, contact Aaron Detter at adetter@uerpc.org or (563) 419-6126.

AGENDA

1. Call to Order
2. Approval of the agenda
3. Approval of the March 17th, 2021 meeting minutes
4. Public Hearing: RPA-1 Transportation Planning Work Program (TPWP)
5. Consideration and possible board action: Adoption of RPA-1 TPWP
6. RPA-1 Staff Updates
7. NEICAC/EARL Transit Updates
8. Iowa DOT Updates
9. Floor Items
10. Set next meeting date
11. Adjournment

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