Regional housing agency to move

Friday, December 19, 2008

Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Authority, a rent assistance agency serving nine counties, will be relocating its regional offices before the end of the year.

The office will remain in Spencer but will move to 2016 Highway Boulevard, which is near the Gateway North Center in north Spencer. The offices are currently located at 919 Second Ave. SW in Spencer

To facilitate the move, Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Authority will be closed the week of Dec. 21-27. An opening at the new location is scheduled for Dec. 29.

"We'd like to thank everyone in advance for their patience during this transition," said Lois Koelder, executive director. "We are going to keep our office phone lines open for anyone who has questions or immediate concerns."

During the week of relocation and in case of an emergency, the NWIRHA staff will be available by telephone at (712) 262-7460.

Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Authority provides rent assistance to low-income families in the counties of Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Lyon, O'Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto and Sioux. Assistance guidelines are set based on applicant's income and county of residence.

The program is offered through Section 8 of Title II of the U.S. Housing and Community Development Act of 1974-1988 and is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Housing Authority is authorized to assist only a limited number of qualified families at a given time. A waiting list of preliminarily qualified families is maintained.

Approval of the landlord also is required and the unit must pass inspection based on HUD Housing Quality Standards. It also must be rent-reasonable compared to other rental units not receiving assistance.

Reexamination of income and an inspection of the unit are done on an annual basis.

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