Housing grant to help local families

A non-profit agency formed in 2009 to address area housing needs has once again received a substantial The Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund (NEIRHTF) is the recipient of over $285,000 from the Iowa Finance Authority. The money will be used to assist 42 housing units in Allamakee, Clayton, Howard and Winneshiek counties. Assistance programs include subsidizing down payments, preserving aging housing stock, providing low interest loans or grants for renovations, and financing construction of new single-family homes for low-income Iowans.

According to Lori Brockway. Housing Department Head at Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission, NEIRHFT has received funds annually since 2010. The group has completed projects at 156 homes and currently has 35 homeowners interested in applying for the next round of funds.

“The funding has assisted applicants with projects such as new roofing, windows, siding, electrical work, new furnace or water heater, and modifications for handicap accessibility,” Brockway said.

Upper Explorerland administers the grant, which is available to qualifying individuals in the four-county area served by NEIRHTF.

“Without the program assistance, some of the homeowners we’ve helped might not have been able to get the necessary financing to fix up their homes.”

The local grant was part of more than $7.5 million awarded by the Iowa Finance Authority to 26 local housing funds statewide to support affordable housing initiatives. More than 2,000 Iowa families could be impacted by the recent round of grants.

By Pam Reinig, Register Editor

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