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 September 2021 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, September 20, 2021
 
Highlights include:
  • Back-to-School Transportation Safety: It's the responsibility of each of us
  • Community Development Block Grant CARES Act (CDBG-CV) Funding Available for COVID-19 Recovery
  • Walking and Biking School Bus Season has arrived!
  • Join us on October 6th to 'Walk More. Connect More.'
  • NOTICE: Early Office Closures on Fridays
  • UERPC is Open
  • Board Member Spotlight: Shirley Vermace
  • SRTS Monthly Motivators
  • September 5-2-1-0 Feature
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Next public meeting for Lansing Black Hawk Bridge Sept. 27th and online

Posted: Wed, September 8, 2021

The Iowa and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation are holding a public information meeting to discuss the proposed replacement of the Iowa 9 / Wisconsin 82 (Black Hawk) bridge in Lansing over the Mississippi River, in Allamakee, IA and Crawford, WI Counties.

The Iowa DOT is providing two meeting formats for the public meeting: in person and an at your own pace virtual meeting.

IN-PERSON PUBLIC MEETING:

Date/Time:Sept. 27, 2021, between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Location: Kee High School, 569 Center St., Lansing, IA

AT YOUR OWN PACE:

Date/Time: Anytime between Sept. 27 – Oct. 11, 2021

For more information, including how to participate in the "at your own pace" online meeting, click here to visit Iowa DOT's public involvement site for the project.

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The UERPC August 2021 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, August 16, 2021

The UERPC August 2021 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/6c2ef7aa975a/uerpc-august-2021-newsletter-5630233  

 

Highlights include:

  • UERPC Resiliency Toolkit Released to Assist Business, Government and Development Organizations with Ongoing Viability
  • IDPH Announces Expansion of 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count!•Lieutenant Governor Visits Oelwein
  • Community Development Block Grant CARES Act (CDBG-CV) Funding Available for COVID-19 Recovery
  • UERPC Part of Planning Committee for Successful MEEC Conference
  • Board Member Spotlight: Pat Murray
  • Community Invited to Provide Input on Fayette County Housing Needs
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  • Winneshiek County Trail Safety Campaign
  • August SRTS Monthly Motivators: Start a Walking School Bus!
  • August 5-2-1-0 Feature

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Public meeting to discuss Iowa Statewide Transportation Improvement Program to be held by conference call Aug. 17

Posted: Mon, August 9, 2021

AMES, Iowa – Aug. 6, 2021 – The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a meeting to accept public comments about the draft Iowa Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17. In order to maintain adequate social distancing, public participation in the meeting will be limited to conference call. A brief overview of the STIP and its development process will be provided beginning at 2 p.m. and will be followed by time for comments and questions on the STIP. Should discussion be ongoing at 2:30 p.m., additional time will be made available to accommodate all comments on the document.

Live audio will be made available via telephone. Dial 515-817-6093 and use conference ID 232 696 476# to join the public meeting.

The draft STIP identifies all projects proposed to be authorized for funding provided by the Federal Highway Administration or Federal Transit Administration during federal fiscal years 2022-2025. It includes projects for state, county, city, and federal transportation systems. Development of the STIP is required by federal law. The draft STIP can be viewed on the Iowa DOT's website at:
https://iowadot.gov/program_management/stip/2022-2025_STIPDraft.pdf

Comments on the draft STIP can be provided at the meeting or by contacting Matt Chambers at 515-239-1409 or Matthew.Chambers@iowadot.us. Comments on the draft STIP will be accepted through Sept. 7, 2021. You can also contact Chambers if you would like a printed copy of the draft STIP.

Contact: Matt Chambers at 515-239-1409 or Matthew.Chambers@iowadot.us

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