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 Carrie Courtney at ccourtney@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

RPA-1 Policy Board to consider TAP applications, Transportation Planning Work Program, TIP amendments at May 25 meeting

Posted: Wed, May 18, 2022

The RPA-1 Transportation Policy Board will discuss and award Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funds at its meeting on Wednesday, May 25th. The Policy Board will also consider approval of the RPA-1 Transportation Planning Work Program (TPWP) and amendments to the current Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The Policy Board meeting is at 11:00 a.m. and the Enhancement Committee (TAP recommendation) and Technical Committee (TIP amendment recommendation) will meet beforehand at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., respectively. The meeting link is the same for all three of the meetings.

Visit the following web address to access the meeting:

tinyurl.com/5y792fea

Or call:    312-626-6799    Use meeting ID:     830 7977 6267

For details on the proposed TIP amendments as well as the draft TPWP, please click HERE.

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The UERPC May 2022 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Tue, May 17, 2022

The UERPC May 2022 Newsletter is here!  https://uerpc.org/newsletters.html 

Highlights include:

  • UERPC's Detter Featured as Keynote for Regional Roundtable
  • Freedom Bank Donates to Housing Trust Fund 
  • Driving Electric in Rural NE Iowa
  • Postville 5-2-1-0 Year One Project Update
  • What Exactly is the "Infrastructure Bill"?
  • UERPC Notices
  • Employee Spotlight:  Lori Quam
  • UERPC May Work Anniversaries
  • City of New Albin Breaks Ground for New Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Riceville Celebrates Earth Day with Walking School Bus Blitz Event
  • It's Mental Health Awareness Month
  • Annual UERPC Earth Day Trash Pick-up Event
  • May 5-2-1-0 Feature

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Special call for additional TAP funding; applications due April 30th, 2022

Posted: Tue, March 29, 2022

After an increase in funding targets resulting from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) that was recently signed into law, RPA-1/Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) is seeking additional applications for Federal Funding through Iowa’s Transportation Alternatives Program (Iowa’s TAP). RPA-1 is expected to have an additional $440,000 available, which can be used on new or previously awarded projects in any of the next four federal fiscal years (FFY)—2023, 2024, 2025, and 2026—and in any combination of years, i.e. all funding in a single year, funding divided among two or more years, etc.

A document with additional nformation and instructions for this special call for applications is available below. The application form and full guidelines on Iowa’s TAP are available on the Iowa DOT's website here.

Applications are due by April 30, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Aaron Detter at 563-419-6126 or adetter@uerpc.org.

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Welcome to the New and Improved UERPC Office!

Posted: Mon, April 18, 2022

With our move and consolidation complete, we thought it would be fun to give a sneak peek into our new and improved office in Decorah (located at 325 Washington Street)! The location may be new for some and improved for others, but bottom line is that we are all very excited to be working under one roof to better serve your needs. Stay tuned for information on an open house event in the near future!

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