City of Oelwein

City of Oelwein

Announcements, Housing
City of Oelwein Offers Residents New Home Rehabilitation Loan Fund NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS 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…
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Section 8 COVID19 Memo 3.25.20- Tenants and Landlords

Section 8 COVID19 Memo 3.25.20- Tenants and Landlords

Announcements, Housing
MEMO Date:             March 23rd, 2020 To:                Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Participants & Landlords From:          Upper Explorerland Regional Housing Authority (UERHA) Management Subject:      COVID-19 Operations & Services EFFECTIVE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25TH, 2020 In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please be advised, effective Wednesday, March 25th until further notice, Upper Explorerland Regional Housing Authority will be implementing the following measures to project our staff, tenants, and stakeholders: Recertification deadlines will be extended as need demandsClosure of Section 8 office to the public with staff working remotelySuspension of in person inspections  (self-certification inspections will be implemented)Suspension of terminations Suspension of voucher issuance for current and new clientsSuspension of moves and portabilityLandlord payments will continue to be processedhowever delays may be experienced Our staff will continue to serve clients both remotely and in…
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Elma Owner Occupied Housing Program Accepting Application Starting January 2, 2020

Announcements, Housing
The City of Elma was awarded grant funds to assist six homeowners with rehabilitating their homes. Applications will be accepted for the Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation program starting January 2, 2020. The application period is open from January 2, 2020 through January 31, 2020.  All applications postmarked between these dates will be considered. To learn more, contact Sarah Snitker at 563-864-7551 ext. 1101. Elma CDBG Owner Occupied Program ApplicationDownload Letter to Applicants- Elma Owner Occupied ProgramDownload
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Job Opening- Community Housing Coordinator

Announcements, Housing, Job Opportunity
Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission has a job opening for a Community Housing Coordinator. The Community Housing Coordinator is a full-time position working under direction of the Housing Department Head to implement programs serving the low-income, disabled, and elderly population of a 5-county geographic area. This position will work primarily with the HUD Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Section 8 program and other programs and special projects as assigned. The essential job functions will include processing applicant files, determining program eligibility, managing applicant waitlist, and conducting rental unit inspections. This position requires strong written and oral communication skills, the ability to interpret and apply complex federal program regulations, excellent decision-making skills and the ability to work efficiently, accurately, and independently. A two- or four-year degree or a combination or related experience and…
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Funds Available for First Time Homebuyers

Announcements, Grants, Housing
Upper Explorerland RPC has funding to assist First Time Homebuyers and Qualified Veterans with down payment and rehabilitation assistance in the Cities of Decorah, Oelwein, Elkader or Marquette. With these IFA funds, homebuyers can receive up to $24,999 in assistance for rehabilitation and down payment assistance.For an application and more information on the First Time Homebuyer Program, please contact Upper Explorerland RPC, at 563-864-7551 and ask for Sarah Snitker, ext. 101 or Michaela Collins, ext. 102. Application can be obtained online at www.uerpc.org. News ReleaseDownload
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Funding Available for Homeowners

Announcements, Grants, Housing
NEIRHTF ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS The Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund (NEIRHTF) is accepting applications for housing rehabilitation\improvement projects.  Applicants can be low-moderate income homeowners, landlord/for-profit organizations or non-profit organizations to promote and create affordable housing activities.  All applicants must be in one of the four counties of Allamakee, Clayton, Howard, and Winneshiek. Eligible projects include rehabilitation and repair of existing housing, including, but not limited to: Roofs, windows, siding, plumbing electrical, energy efficiency, lead paint issues, and handicap accessibility. For more information on the NEIRHTF, please contact Upper Explorerland RPC, at 563-864-7551 ext. 111 for Mary Huinker, or you can obtain an application online at www.uerpc.org. This institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider. NEIRHTF News ReleaseDownload
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Housing Program Meeting Being Held

Announcements, Housing, Meeting
Housing Program Meeting Being HeldTuesday, May 19th at 11:00 a.m.Oelwein Chamber and Area Development25 West Charles, Oelwein, IAUpper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) is hosting a meeting regarding housing programs that are available in Northeast Iowa.  Guest speakers include Jeremy Babcock and Steve Benne with Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), Jerry Floyd and Rita Eble from the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) and Kathy Pfiffner from USDA.Hot Topics include: IEDA Workforce Housing Tax Incentive Program (WHTIP) is to provide financial incentives for the development of housing.IEDA Owner Occupied Rehabilitation to assist with rehabilitation assistance for low-to moderate income homeowners in their community.IFA First Time Homebuyer or Qualified Veteran program to assist with down payment and rehabilitation assistance.USDA-Repair and Rehabilitation Program to assist applicants with 1% loans and those 62 and older…
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For Immediate Release: Iowa Finance Authority Awards HOME Funds to UERPC for: Postville and West Union!

Announcements, Grants, Housing
Upper Explorerland RPC is excited to announce that they are the recipients of HOME funds through Iowa Finance Authority. These funds will be used to assist 10 First Time Homebuyers with down payment and rehabilitation assistance in the Cities of Postville and West Union. The award of the HOME funds was matched with a local commitment from each of the cities. Upper Explorerland RPC realizes first time homebuyers must make sacrifices to save enough for a down payment on a home, but for some it seems impossible to be able to find the funding to close on the desired home. With the award of the HOME funds homebuyers may receive up to $24,999 in assistance for rehabilitation and down payment assistance. The home must meet Iowa's Minimum Housing Standards upon…
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Fayette County Local Housing Trust Fund Annual Meeting

Grants, Housing, Meeting
The Fayette County Local Housing Trust fund will hold its fifth annual meeting on Wednesday, August 15th at 3:00 p.m. at the Fayette Library ICN room.  Citizens and officials from Fayette County communities and the rural area are invited to attend this public meeting and learn about the Housing Trust Fund, its application procedures and the types of home repair projects funded thus far.  Community feedback on our Housing Assistance Plan is important to the process, and copies will be available for review.  Treats will be provided.
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Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund Annual Meeting Announced

Grants, Housing, Meeting
The Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 3:30 P.M. at the Upper Explorerland Conference Room, 134 W. Greene Street, Postville, IA.  You are invited to attend this public meeting to learn about the Trust Fund and its application procedures, and about the type of home repair projects funded thus far.  Your feedback on our Housing Assistance Plan is important to the process, and copies will be available for your review.  Please join us!  Treats will be provided. 
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