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 Decorah (325 Washington Street).

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.

Income guidelines are posted in the below brochures and are effective January 1st, 2021: 

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
325 Washington Street
Decorah, IA 52101
Phone:  563-864-7551
FAX:  563-382-6311

Regional Housing Authority Board of Directors

Regional Housing Authority Board of Directors

  • ALLAMAKEE COUNTY
    • Josh Dreps- New Albin
    • *Dan Byrnes- 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

News Headlines

The September 2022 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, September 19, 2022

The UERPC September 2022 Newsletter is here! 

Highlights include:

  • YOU'RE INVITED! UERPC's 50th Anniversary Celebration on October 18th!
  • Mark Your Calendars for the Get Charged Up! EV Event! on October 13th!
  • Open House for Fayette County Housing Study on Sept. 22nd in Fayette
  • UERPC Announces Grant Awards for Transportation Projects
  • UERPC Attends Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals National Conference
  • UERPC Notices
  • Northeast Iowa STEM Festival is October 27th!
  • Funding Available through the Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Program
  • Job-related Resources
  • September 5-2-1-0 Feature

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Open house for Fayette County housing study Sept. 22 in Fayette

Posted: Fri, September 9, 2022

UERPC wrapped up a housing study this summer for Fayette County in collaboration with Fayette County Economic Development and Tourism (FCEDT). The goal of this effort was to identify housing needs and gaps to assist local stakeholders in finding solutions to current and future housing challenges.

All Fayette County stakeholders, residents, and community leaders are invited to join UERPC and FCEDT for an open house to learn about the completed study. The open house will be on Thursday, September 22, 2022, from 5pm-7pm at the Fayette Opera House in Fayette, Iowa. Attendees will have the opportunity to review the study and chat with representatives about how the study was conducted and how to best utilize the analysis for efforts to improve and expand housing in Fayette County communities.

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UERPC announces grant awards for transportation projects

Posted: Fri, August 19, 2022

Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) today announces more than $3.5 million in federal transportation grants for local projects, supporting more than $6 million in total project investments in the region.

UERPC is the designated Regional Planning Affiliation (RPA-1) for the northeast Iowa counties of Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek. Each year, the five-county region receives federal funding for diverse transportation projects that further the goals of RPA-1’s Long-range Transportation Plan. The RPA-1 Transportation Policy Board is responsible for evaluating grant applications and deciding which projects are awarded. Funding is typically awarded four years out (2026 for this round), but some projects received funding for 2023 and 2024 during this year’s application cycle.

The grants can support a wide variety of projects. Some address needed maintenance of the rural secondary road system, such as Fayette County’s pavement overlay project on W42/Juniper Road. Others, like the Main Street/IA-9 Corridor Vision Plan for the City of Lansing, support transportation planning efforts.

Funding also supports non-motorized transportation infrastructure, such as the City of Guttenberg’s Big Springs/Mississippi River Trail Connection; continued development of the Dry Run Trail in Winneshiek County; and an extension of the Turkey River Recreational Corridor trail east of Elgin into Clayton County.

The grants are funded by the Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) Program, and the STBG set-aside for transportation enhancements and alternatives. Continued and increased funding for these programs was enabled by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, passed by Congress and signed into law last year.

Through these projects, RPA-1 seeks to advance the regional transportation goals set forth in the Long-range Transportation Plan. A complete listing of projects funded through the next four years can be found in the RPA-1 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) document, available at uerpc.org/transportation.html. Additional information about UERPC and Regional Planning Affiliation 1, including the region’s Long-range Transportation Plan, “Safe Mobility for Everyone,” can also be found at the link above.

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The August 2022 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Wed, August 17, 2022

The UERPC August 2022 Newsletter is here! 

Highlights include:

  • YOU'RE INVITED! UERPC's 50th Anniversary Celebration on October 18th!
  • Mark Your Calendars for the Get Charged Up! EV Event! on October 13th!
  • Gov. Reynolds Issues Disaster Proclamation for Five Counties
  • Homes for Iowa Home Arrives in Fayette
  • NEIRHTF Accepting Applications
  • Homebuyer Educational Courses Offered
  • Back-to-School Transportation Safety:  It's the responsibility of each of us
  • UERPC Notices
  • Waukon and Lansing Residents and Business Owners:  Northeast Iowa Needs Your Help!
  • 5-yr CEDS Report Adopted
  • Funding Available for Upper Explorerland Regional Housing Authority Section 8 Program
  • Job-related Resources
  • The Walking and Biking School Bus Fall Season is Almost Here!
  • Keep Iowa Beautiful Photo Contest is Now Open
  • UERPC Employee Spotlight Board Brings Smiles and Spreads Kindness!
  • August 5-2-1-0 Feature

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