Assistance for Habitat Families...

Habitat House

In these difficult financial times, we know that Habitat families may need some assistance from local organizations.  That is why we are sending this brief information sheet to all Habitat families in our area.  Take a moment to look this over and if you might need assistance from any of the organizations listed below, please contact them to learn more about the services they offer and how they might be of help to you.

  • Need help budgeting or handling your personal finances?  NE Iowa Community Action offers free of charge educational sessions on:
    • Financial Fitness (money management)
    • Credit Report Counseling
    • Post-purchase Homebuyer Education (only offered online and not free of charge)
    • Predatory Lending Education
    • Call Daniel T. Michels, CCAP at NE Iowa Community Action at 563-382-8436 Ext. 109 – Cell:  563-379-2841
  • Lost your job and need help finding another one?  Decorah Iowa WORKS Center (312 Winnebago 563-382-0457) can help.  Membership is free and provides a number of benefits including:
    • Access to job fairs and other special events.
    • Personal assistance in locating employment opportunities in your desired field.
    • Access to an ever expanding and tailored networking system.
    • Quick application for employment opportunities found on Iowa.Jobs.org
    • Receive job leads by mail or e-mail.
    • Access to additional government sponsored employment programs.
    • Access to no-cost, educational, training and workshops.
    • Opportunity to earn training certificates.
    • Access to career and skills assessments.
    • Coaching and assistance in writing a resume.
    • Assistance with completing electronic applications.
    • Receive personal assistance in managing your Unemployment Insurance claims.
  • Need help in repairing or rehabilitating your house?  Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund (134 West Greene Street, Postville 563-864-7551 Ext. 101 or 120) can help.  Also check their website at www.uerpc.org
    • The Housing Trust Fund helps to rehabilitate and/or repair the homes of first time home buyers.  Households with incomes less than 80% of the statewide median family income can apply for funding.
    • More information and applications for funding can be obtained at the Upper Exploreland Office at the Postville address above.
  • Need energy assistance?
    • Call NE Iowa Community Action Corporation at 563-382-8436.
  • Need food assistance?  Contact the following organizations:
    • Dept. of Human Services (Food Stamps) at 800-611-7781 or local at 563-382-2929
    • First Lutheran Church Food Pantry, 604 West Broadway in Decorah.  Phone: 563-382-2928.  Hours: M-F 1:30 -3:30 p.m. and Thursday from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Winneshiek County Food Pantry 563-382-8436
  • Need medical assistance?
    • Decorah Area Free Clinic, First Lutheran Church, 604 West Broadway.  Hours: Thursdays, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Iowa Dept. of Human Services 800-611-7781
  • Would you like to share a free evening community meal?
    • The third Thursday of each month (5:00-6:30 p.m.) a free community meal is served at First Lutheran Church in Decorah – 604 West Broadway.  All are welcome.
  • Need help preparing your federal and state income taxes?
    • Trained and certified volunteers can prepare your tax returns for free each tax season at the Decorah Public Library.  Call 563-382-3717 for information.
  • Need help with childcare?
    • Call Child Care Resource & Referral of Northeast Iowa at 1-855-299-0400.