Regional Housing Authority

Becoming a Part of the Rental Assistance Program

Regional Housing Authority

UERPC also houses the Regional Housing Authority.  This Section 8 Housing Program is the major effort in assisting lower-income families to live in decent, safe and sanitary housing.  This program provides assistance for low-income families in the private rental market through the HUD Housing Choice Voucher Program.

To find available housing units or to list your unit for rent, please visit the link below:

Becoming a Part of the Rental Assistance Program

Becoming a Part of the Rental Assistance Program

Eligibility for a rental voucher is determined by the local Housing Authority based on the total annual gross income and family size and is limited to U.S. citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status.  Income guidelines and rent limitations are available at the local housing authority office in Postville.

The assistance is available for low-income households in Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek Counties.  Families making application will be placed on a wait list.  Households will pay at least 30% of their monthly adjusted income towards their rent.

Anyone interested or wanting further information should contact the Upper Explorerland Regional Housing Authority at 563-864-7551, Ext. 106.

It is illegal to discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin.  We are an Equal Housing Opportunity Organization.

Applying for Assistance

Applying for Assistance

Applications for assistance are taken in person on MONDAYS at our Postville office:  134 West Greene Street from 8 am to noon and 12:30-3:30 pm.

If you are aged 62 or disabled/handicapped, please call our office for a reasonable accommodation.

Applications will be placed on a waiting list.

If you are interested in more information, please feel free to contact the Housing Authority at:

Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission
134 West Greene Street, PO Box 219
Postville, IA 52162-0219
Phone:  563-864-7551
FAX:  563-864-7535

Upper Explorerland Apartment Management

Upper Explorerland Apartment Management

Upper Explorerland has these Rentals now available:

Calmar Apartments
602 Highway 24
1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments
$332 - 1 Bedroom
$412 - 2 Bedroom
Call Toll Free: 1-877-474-7551
Housing Inc. Management Services
Equal Housing Opportunity

Postville Apartments
275 East Greene Street
1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments
$387 - 1 Bedroom
$415/$439 - 2 Bedroom
 + No Pets - No Smoking
 + Free water/sewage/garbage
 + Coin-operated laundry
Call: 563-864-7551
Housing Inc. Management Services
Equal Housing Opportunity

For more information contact Lori Brockway, or Karine Schager.

Regional Housing Authority Board of Directors

Regional Housing Authority Board of Directors

Charles Carroll, McGregor
Michele Elsbernd, Calmar
Jason Passmore, Cresco
Steve Roach, West Union

News Headlines

UERPC July Newsletter

Posted: Tue, July 21, 2015

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • First Time Homebuyer Funding Available
  • Board Member Spotlight-Les Askelson
  • Protect Iowa Habitat-Observe Mowing Restrictions
  • UERPC Employees Attend Workshop
  • Oelwein IRP
  • SRTS Annual Report Now Available
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Housing Program Meeting Being Held

Posted: Wed, May 6, 2015

Housing Program Meeting Being Held
Tuesday, May 19th at 11:00 a.m.
Oelwein Chamber and Area Development
25 West Charles, Oelwein, IA

Upper 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 with grants for homeowner rehabilitation.
  • USDA Direct and Guaranteed loan programs for help in purchasing homes.
  • USDA Multi-Family Housing to assist with rental assistance in rural development financed apartments.
  • UERPC Housing Trust Fund Programs-Funding available to assist homeowners and landlords with rehabilitation assistance.
  • UERPC-Housing Choice Voucher program provides rental assistance to those under 50% of HUD’s income guidelines.


This meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the Oelwein Chamber and Area Development office at 25 West Charles Street, in Oelwein.  If you are interested in attending this meeting or would like more information please contact Mary Huinker at 563-864-7551 ext. 111 or by emailing Lori Brockway at lbrockway@uerpc.org.

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FREE Informational Session on Financing Sources for Businesses

Posted: Fri, May 1, 2015

Clayton County Development Group in Elkader the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in Cedar Rapids and Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission in Decorah are holding an informational session on various sources of financing for start-up & existing businesses.  SBA, a federal government agency devoted to assisting small & medium-sized businesses, will have a representative discussing business loan options, and Clayton County Development Group and Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission will have a representative discussing RLF funds available for businesses.  The 1-1/2 hour session, including questions & answers, will take place on Tuesday, May 12th starting @ 5:30 PM at Clayton County Office Building at 600 Gunder Rd. in Elkader, Iowa.  Register today to attend contact Darla Kelchen at 563-245-2201.

WHAT:       Free informational session on sources of money for businesses
WHO:        New/start-up and existing business owners/managers
WHEN:      Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 starting @ 5:30PM & wrapping up by 7PM
WHERE:    Clayton County Office Building 600 Gunder Rd. Elkader
COST:        Free

Join Clayton County Development, Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission and SBA to learn more about the options available for financing your business.  Also, discussed briefly will be government contracting opportunities and free counseling along with low cost training resources available for businesses.  Get your questions answered.  Register by contacting Darla at the CCDG office at 563-245-2201.

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Office Car For Sale

Posted: Mon, April 27, 2015

UERPC is seeking car bids for a 2007 Malibu, LS V6 package, 141,993 highway miles, grey, four-door, cloth interior, very clean. Minimum bid is $2,400.

Please submit sealed bids to Executive Director, Rachelle Howe, UERPC, 325 Washington Street, Decorah, IA  52101.  Bids will be opened at 12:00 Noon on May 7th. You do not need to be present at opening of bids.

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