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

Regional Housing Authority Board of Directors

Regional Housing Authority Board of Directors

  • ALLAMAKEE COUNTY
    • Josh Dreps- New Albin
    • *Dennis Koenig- County
    • Gayle Decker- Waukon
    • Mary Engstrom- Postville
    • VACANT- Lansing

  • CLAYTON COUNTY
    • Denise Schneider- Guttenberg
    • Bonnie Basemann- Marquette
    • Ray Peterson- County
    • VACANT- Clayton
    • *Charles Carroll- McGregor
    • VACANT- Elkader
    • Bernard Peterson- Garnavillo
    • Randee Koenig- Monona
    • Mike Tucker- Strawberry Point

  • FAYETTE COUNTY
    • VACANT- County
    • Mark Schmitt- Waucoma
    • Susan Scott- Fayette
    • *Steve Roach- West Union
    • Warren Fisk- Oelwein
    • VACANT- Arlington

  • HOWARD COUNTY
    • Joe Pisney- County
    • Shannon Gebel- Elma
    • *Jason Passmore (Chair)- Chester
    • Jane Tibbals- Lime Springs
    • Amy Bouska- Cresco
    • Crystal Reddel- Riceville

  • WINNESHIEK COUNTY
    • Joyce Bakewell- Ossian
    • *Michelle Elsbernd (Vice Chair)- County
    • Sheila Bullerman- Calmar
    • Maryann Humpal- Decorah

*Board of Directors

Chair- Jason Passmore

Vice Chair- Michele Elsbernd

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After the public comment period, public feedback will be considered and incorporated into the plan. The plan will then be presented to the Iowa Transportation Commission for final approval and publication.

For more information on the plan and how you can submit comments, click here.

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The UERPC May 2020 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Tue, May 19, 2020

The UERPC May 2020 Newsletter is here!  http://uerpc.org/newsletters.html

Highlights include:

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  • "UP" with Iowa
  • May 5-2-1-0 Feature:  May is Bike Month!

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The UERPC April 2020 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, April 20, 2020

The UERPC April 2020 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/5e31fb34476b/uerpc-april-2020-newsletter-3195449

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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.

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