Section 8 COVID19 Memo 3.25.20- Tenants and Landlords

Posted: Wed, March 25, 2020

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 demands
  • Closure of Section 8 office to the public with staff working remotely
  • Suspension of in person inspections  (self-certification inspections will be implemented)
  • Suspension of terminations 
  • Suspension of voucher issuance for current and new clients
  • Suspension of moves and portability
  • Landlord payments will continue to be processed
    however delays may be experienced

Our staff will continue to serve clients both remotely and in office as required to complete essential functions.  We ask that all communication be done through phone, email, fax and/or the dropbox located outside our office 134 West Greene Street, Postville, Iowa 52612.  Voicemails will be checked several times per day and your call will be returned within 24 hours. The best way to contact staff during this time is via email.  Please see attached document for additional information.

Capacity will be limited during this time; we ask for your patience
during this rapidly changing situation. 

These are challenging times, but we are here for you. We echo our governor’s guidance and strongly urge you to follow public health directives stay home if ill or experiences symptoms.  We will continue to keep you updated on UERHA services during this unprecedented public health crisis.  Further changes will be posted on our website at http://uerpc.org/regional-housing-authority.html

  

Staff Contacts:

Staff can be contacted via email at the following:

You may also leave a voicemail at (563) 864-7551.  Voicemails will be returned within 24 hours of your call. 

Submission of Information:

Tenants and landlords may submit documents to Upper Explorerland through the following means:

  • Email (see above)
  • Postal Mail-134 West Greene Street, Postville, IA 52162
  • Drop-box located outside our offices at the address above
  • Fax-(563) 864-7535

Reporting Income Changes

To report a change in income the change must be anticipated to last longer than 30 days.  Income changes should be reported within 14 days of the change occurrence. Changes in assistance as a result of an income change will take effect in the month following the report.  Due to a the COVID-19 pandemic we will be allowing tenants to self-certify income changes with follow up verification.  Please contact your caseworker to obtain a income change request form.

News Headlines

City of Oelwein Offers Residents New Home Rehabilitation Loan Fund NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Posted: Wed, July 1, 2020

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 knolte@uerpc.org with any questions or to be sent an application packet.

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RPA-1 draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for FFY 21-24 available for public review and comment

Posted: Fri, June 19, 2020

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 adetter@uerpc.org, or by phone at (563) 419-6126.

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UPDATE: UERPC Now Open by Appointment

Posted: Mon, June 15, 2020

UPDATE:  UERPC Now Open by Appointment

 

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.

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The UERPC June 2020 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, June 15, 2020

The UERPC June 2020 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/81091f451e91/uerpc-june-2020-newsletter-3208770

Highlights include:

  • Funding Awarded for Northeast Iowa Electric Vehicle Market Analysis and Acceleration Project
  • Praise for WIOA Title I Dislocated Worker Program
  • Small Business Helpline Expands Services
  • NOTICE:  UERPC Offices will be closed on Friday, July 3rd
  • COVID-19 Iowa Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program
  • UPDATE:  UERPC Now Open by Appointment
  • Employee Spotlight:  Ashley Christensen
  • COVID Recovery Iowa
  • ATTENTION EMPLOYERS
  • Pandemic Extended Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) Information
  • Public Input Sought on State Transportation Plan 
  • Recruiting for 2020 Census Workers Ends June 30th
  • June 5-2-1-0 Feature:  Fuel Your Summer with Water

 

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