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Notice of Funds Avaliabity-FEMA Funding
August 3, 2017

Dear Colleagues                                                                                               July 12, 2017


FEMA has announced the Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant program for FY 2017, which includes Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA). The HMA grant program will provide funds to states, territories, Indian tribal governments, and communities for hazard mitigation planning and mitigation projects prior to a disaster event.  Funding amounts are based on Congressional appropriation.
Projects submitted for consideration must be consistent with the goals and objectives identified in Iowa’s State Hazard Mitigation Plan and local mitigation plan for the jurisdiction in which the activity is located. The FMA grant provides an excellent opportunity for communities to initiate mitigation projects that provide protection against natural hazards.  Eligible mitigation project activities include (but not limited to):


  • Mitigation Planning consistent with 44 CFR Part 201 (only for flood hazard)
  • Property Acquisition and Structural Demolition and Relocation (for NFIP insured properties)
  • Structural Elevation (for NFIP insured properties)
  • Dry Flood Proofing (for NFIP insured properties)
  • Minor Localized Flood Reduction Projects (should benefit NFIP insured properties)
  • Non-structural Retrofitting of Existing Buildings and Facilities (for NFIP insured properties)
  • Mitigation Reconstruction (for NFIP insured properties)


The HMA FY 2015 Hazard Mitigation Assistance program guidance provides critical information about eligibility, the National Evaluation Process, and other key aspects of each program.  FEMA has changed program guidance. The guidance can be found at:
Applicants with proposed projects located in a FEMA-identified Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) are eligible for funding only if the jurisdiction in which the project is located is participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and not withdrawn or suspended.


Funding & Cost Share


This is a cost share grant program which means that awarded grants will be funded as follows:

  • Federal (FEMA) share of total eligible costs  – 75% maximum
  • Local share of total eligible costs – 25%
FEMA has established the application deadline for States to submit their application by November 14, 2017. In order to meet FEMA's deadline, Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) must receive local sub-applications by October 13, 2017.
For additional information or questions, feel free to contact a lead State Mitigation Project Officer:

Dan Schmitz – Deputy State Hazard Mitigation Officer: 515-725-9369

Matt Noble - Planning Lead: 515-725-9404  

Jonathan Pogones - Acquisition/Relocation Lead: 515-725-9384

Leon Freeman – Safe Room/Electric Utilities Lead: 515-725-9378 

Carol Tomb – Infrastructure Lead: 515-725-9305            


We ask that the County Emergency Management Coordinators, Councils of Government, and Planning Commissions forward this information to the communities in their service area to achieve the widest distribution possible.

Please contact Steve Hallgren 712-262-7225; ext 141, Darren Bumgarner 712-262-7225; ext 143 or Cara Elbert 712-262-7225; ext 152.

NWIPDC Services Questionnaire
February 26, 2014
NWIPDC is a regional governmental organization whose mission is to provide community and economic development and job training services for a nine county region of northwest Iowa. NWIPDC functions as an extension of our member governments, providing professional specialized services that are typically not financially feasible for each governmental entity to provide on its own. Please complete the following eight(8) questions in order to allow NWIPDC to provide your city or county the best possible services.

Please click on the link below to complete a survey. Your particiation is crucial in helping us develop services that help to serve our member cities.

FY 14 Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund Allocation
February 5, 2014


For immediate release:
January 22, 2014




The Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund, Inc. (NWIRHTF) announces the release of $344,237 from the State Housing Trust Fund for fiscal year 2014.  The money was released from the Iowa Finance Authority who administers the State Housing Trust Fund.  This financial assistance along with $55,545 in matching funds from the participating counties will allow the NWIRHTF to provide financial assistance to low to moderate income homeowners in making the necessary repairs to their homes.  The financial assistance will be in the form of both grants and low interest loans.  


NWIRHTF is a non-profit housing organization that promotes the creation and preservation of affordable housing in Buena Vista, Emmet, Lyon, Osceola, O’Brien and Sioux counties.  Financial assistance is limited to only households at or below 80 percent of the area median income and at least 30% of the funding will be set aside to benefit extremely low-income households.  The income limits are:


30% AMI (1-2 Persons)      

30% AMI (3-6 Persons)

80% AMI (1-2 Persons)      

80% AMI (3-6 Persons)

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Lyon County                                           





O’Brien County                                      





Osceola County                                       





Sioux County                                           






Households with incomes under 30% of the Area Median Income Limits are eligible for financial assistance in the form of a forgivable grant up $7,500 for home repairs.  Households at 31% to 80% of the Area Median Income Limits are eligible for financial assistance for a combination of a grant up to $7,500 and a low interest (2%) loan up to $15,000.  Applicants with incomes between 31% to 80% AMI are only eligible for the grant after two thirds of the project costs are covered by the low interest loan.  Applicants applying for these repayable loans must have a credit score of 620 or higher.


The Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund has awarded over $775,000 in loans and grants to 130 low and moderate income households over the past four years.  Financial assistance was granted for basic structural repairs such as roofs, windows, siding and etc. Applications for 2014 can be picked up at City Hall or by contacting Sherry Zinn at 712-262-7225 Ext. 139. 




New Service Offered from NWIPDC
September 10, 2012

The NW Planning and Development Commission are offering a new service of zoning administration to the participating entities in the region. Please refer to Zoning Administration Services under the Services and Programs section for more information.


If you have any questions, please call Steve Hallgren, Planning Director or any of the NWIPDC Planning staff at 712-262-7225 for assistance.