The Western Iowa Community Improvement Regional Housing Trust Fund (WICIRHTF) shares the same mission and vision as SIMPCO’s Housing Division. SIMPCO and WICIRHTF work in partnership to advance the affordable housing opportunities within the region.
Landlord Assistance 2020 Program
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly everyone in Nebraska, with lay-offs, furloughs, school closings, and more. The Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO) is teaming with the Southeast Nebraska Affordable Housing Council (SENAHC) to help landlords in Dakota County.
Funding is available through a Community CARES Grant from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Eligible Dakota County landlords are those who have a documented need for financial assistance for themselves or their tenants due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lease to low-to-moderate income tenants. Both criteria must be met for the landlord to participate.
The maximum amount of CARES financial assistance available per landlord is $10,000 in the form of a straight grant (no personal cash match or payback is necessary). Landlords may apply for up to $2,500 in direct financial assistance to cover rental or utility payments due to tenant’s inability to provide a full payment after their employment was compromised as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The additional funding may be used for, minor rental unit rehabilitation. If both forms of aid are needed, it is possible to apply for up to $2,500 in direct assistance and request additional funding for minor unit repairs, not to exceed $10,000 total. Funding is provided on a reimbursement basis and is available on a per-landlord basis, not per-unit. Application here.
The Owner-Occupied Housing Repair/Rehab Program is designed to help low to moderate income residents in the service area maintain their homes in safe, decent and livable conditions. Our service area includes Cherokee, Ida, Monona, Plymouth, and Woodbury Counties in Iowa (excluding Sioux City), as well as South Sioux City, Nebraska. When funding is available the program works to complete home repairs that assist in maintaining the integrity of the homes in our communities. Eligible repairs include roofing, electrical work, plumbing, window replacement, foundation work, painting, siding, handicapped accessibility and other repairs as determined necessary.
Applicants must comply with application procedures and provide requested personal and financial information.
ALL INFORMATION IS CONFIDENTIAL and is for use only to determine eligibility.
The Housing Division operates in compliance with the Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Employment Acts. Rules for acceptance and participation are without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, family or marital status, national origin, age, disability, or status as a veteran.
All applicable Federal, State, and local rules, regulations, and requirements of the funding agency(ies) will be followed.