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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Job Opening- UERPC Assistant Finance Manager

Posted: Thu, July 23, 2020

The Assistant Finance Manager is involved in/responsible for a variety of day to day accounting and administrative duties as well as monthly, quarterly and fiscal year end closes. The ideal candidate will have experience in governmental accounting, payroll and tax reporting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, invoice and billing, budget review, journal entries, general ledger, account reconciliation, cost allocations, monthly closing, annual audits as well as administrative duties.  Qualifications:  Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, or an Associate's Degree in Accounting or an equivalent combination. The candidate must have strong attention to detail, ability to organize work, determine priorities and meet deadlines, work harmoniously with co-employees and interact with the general public in a tactful and courteous manner, good verbal and written communication skills, proficient in Microsoft office, (word, excel and outlook), a solid understanding of generally accepted accounting principles; knowledge of Uniform Grants Guidance and local government accounting a plus. Must be able to maintain a valid driver’s license. Upper Explorerland offers a full benefit package including health insurance, dental, vision, retirement, short term and long term disability. A full job description and application may be found at www.uerpc.org. Email a resume and application to kcooper@uerpc.org   EOE

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Job Opening- UERPC Housing Department Head

Posted: Thu, July 23, 2020

The Housing Department Head is responsible for the management and direction of all housing programs including apartment management, housing trust funds, federal home loan bank, HUD, Iowa Finance Authority and more. The candidate should have knowledge of state and/or federal housing programs, human resource management and great communication skills. Qualifications:  Bachelor's Association Degree or an Associate’s Degree in governmental administration, community planning, human resource management or public administration. The candidate must have strong attention to detail, ability to organize work, determine priorities and meet deadlines, manage and work harmoniously employees and interact with the general public in a tactful and courteous manner, good verbal and written communication skills, maintain a valid driver’s license. Upper Explorerland offers a full benefit package including health insurance, dental, vision, retirement, short term and long term disability. A full job description and application may be found at www.uerpc.org. Email a resume and three references to rhowe@uerpc.org   EOE

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The UERPC July 2020 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, July 20, 2020

The UERPC July 2020 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/b08eb…/uerpc-july-2020-newsletter-3216754

Highlights include:
•Investment Award Secured for Region by UERPC
•State Extended Benefits
•Governor Issues Disaster Proclamation for Two Counties
•Now Accepting Applications: City of Oelwein Offers Residents New Home Rehabilitation Loan Fund
•Home Sweet Home to Two Families in Oelwein
•Praise Received from Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund Client
•We are Open!
•Warm Welcome to Baby Barness!
•Employee Spotlight: Rachelle Howe
•An Important Census Jobs Update- Deadline To Apply Now July 31
•COVID-19 Small Business Utility Disruption Prevention Program
•Filling the Gap with Summer Meals
•Keep Iowa Beautiful Requesting Social Media Submissions
•July 5-2-1-0 Feature: Get Outdoors and Play This Summer!

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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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