NEICAC owns and manages FOUR Affordable Housing complexes and three single family rental units.


The NEICAC Calmar Apartments complex has 12 townhouse style apartments in a family friendly location. It is close to schools, parks, athletic fields and downtown Calmar. Decorah is home to the other three apartment complexes. Washington Court is a 16 unit senior apartment complex well within reach of all amenities Decorah has to offer. The Woolen Mill Apartments, a 15 unit, multi-family project, renovated an historic building in downtown Decorah and has been full since it opened in 2001. In 2007 we partnered with Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity by completing the Ridgewood Duplex. It is a four bedroom, duplex that is completely handicapped accessible, and has on-site support service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Single Family Rental program has 3 rental units in Northeast Iowa, including 2 units in Maynard and a house in Strawberry Point. These units will be permanent rentals for at least 15 years and each unit has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and an attached garage. All the projects were completed with a collaboration of partners varying from the Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED), Iowa Finance Authority (IFA), Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB), Hawkeye REC, Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC), Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors, City of Decorah, Decorah Bank and Trust, Bank of the West, and Habitat for Humanity. Each property maintains full occupancy with waiting lists. To apply for housing, compete the application for each adult member in the household.

NEICAC has completed our 22nd, 23rd, 24th, and 25th homes in our Lease Purchase Affordable Housing Program. The Lease Purchase Program originally intended to build two homes in each of the seven counties we serve. As of May 31, 2013 this goal was achieved with the completion of the homes in Waukon and Fredericksburg. Nineteen of the 25 Lease Purchase homes have been sold to Low Income Families and all of our Lease - Purchase homes are currently occupied. All of these homes have 3 bedrooms and are rented for 6 months-3 years by a homebuyer who meets the program’s income guidelines. Then after completing the required Homebuyer Education Classes, the family can purchase the home for about half the cost of construction. Lease Purchase homes are typically completed annually and more opportunities are coming to a community near you.

Tenant Based Rental Assistance - NEICAC is assisting qualified applicants with Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA).  The TBRA program is a rental assistance program that makes partial rent payments for qualified households. Customers of the program must be on the Section 8 waiting list and qualify as an NEICAC participant in one (or more) of the following programs: FaDSS, Head Start, Early Head Start, or LiHEAP, and be at or under 60% Area Median Income (AMI). Tenant Based Rental Assistance has helped households in each of the seven counties served by NEICAC. TBRA has a short waiting list. Click the button below to apply!

Section 8 Rental Assistance is HUD's federally funded program to provide rental assistance to low-income families to secure decent, safe, sanitary, and affordable housing in a non-discriminatory manner from the private rental market. Find the application below that suits you. Thank you.


NEICAC Housing is currently developing housing resources in all seven counties we serve.

Our newest endeavor involved creating housing advisory committees in each county. These committee findings will be used to determine what is missing as part of each county's affordable housing scenario. NEICAC's Board of Directors will then evaluate these findings to guide the Housing Program towards its next project. This will lead to more Lease Purchase homes being built with Federal, State, Local and In-House funding. We anticipate continuing the Lease Purchase Program and hope to add to the current stock of affordable apartments in Northeast Iowa.For further information on the housing programs please contact housing@neicac.org



Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation (NEICAC) is a 501(c)3 private non-profit operating in NE Iowa. Charitable donations from individuals, businesses, school⁄church groups, made to NEICAC are always needed and may have a tax benefit to the donor.Individuals and families in your community struggle every day to provide basic needs such as food, shelter and utilities. Your contribution to NEICAC can make the difference to provide a hand-up to self-sufficiency.

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Agency Appreciations

"Thank you for your fabulous work with the Decorah community & surrounding areas. All of you truly embody the spirit of hope & change people's lives to not only help themselves but to encourage & help those around them. At a time when our country needs love & compassion, you & your staff deserve a well-deserved BRAVO." 

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"Embrace Iowa helped our family be getting us a stove. The stove we had was hazardous. When we would cook on it, it would stink the whole house up. Also, it leaked underneath the stove. That stove was so small that my two year old son could see inside the pan without standing on anything. Now, with our new stove we can cook without smelling anything or without cleaning up a leaky mess. Thanks so much for our new stove. We really appreciated it."

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