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Dickinson County to join regional housing trust fund

By Staff | Mar 28, 2014

Dickinson County will join the Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund, the fund board of directors learned Thursday.

Carol Keizer, fund administrator and planner for Northwest Iowa Planning and Development Commission, said in Thursday’s telephonic meeting that until now Dickinson County has been a single-county trust fund. The change will mean two more people on the board and reduce the match each county makes by about $600 and funding from the state by $5,000 to $6,000.

“It’s going to be somewhat of a formality,” Keizer said.

Keizer said administrative staff should be able to handle any extra duties.

“We’ll absorb it,” said Keizer. “That’s what we’ll do.”

In other business Thursday, Keizer said arrangements had been made to close out 2012 funds through a $12,000 allocation to Hope Haven which plans a fourplex for clients and $7,406.76 to Sioux County Habitat for Humanity for a home in Rock Valley. O’Brien County is also buying $5,000 in remaining 2012 available funds from Buena Vista County for $1,250 under a four-to-one match. The money will go to a handicap person who needs a new roof in O’Brien County.

The board also discussed changing bylaws to no longer limit members to two, three-year terms. Keizer said doing so would mean losing half of the board next Jan. 1.

Keizer said the board could pick up the issue at its annual meeting June 26 when it will do bylaws changes.

“There’s history and education I would hate to lose too,” said Keizer of the impact from the current two, three-year-term requirement.

The board’s next meeting will be April 24.

The trust fund offers grants and low-interest loans to low- to middle-income families in its service area which includes Emmet County. For more information, go online to: www.stormlake.org/DocumentView.aspx?DID=528.