The North Iowa Regional Housing Authority (NIRHA) assists low-income families, seniors, and individuals with diabilities across our eight county jurisdiction in northern Iowa. The NIRHA jurisdiction includes Cerro Gordo County (excluding the incorporated city limits of Mason City), Floyd County (excluding the incorporated city limits of Charles City), Franklin County, Hancock County, Kossuth County, Mitchell County (excluding the incorporated city limits of Riceville), Winnebago County, and Worth County.


    NIRHA offers two programs: the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) and Public Housing. All programs are handicap accessible. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be considered by our staff.



    Important Announcement

    Due to public health concerns, the NIRHA office is currently closed to the public until further notice. Staff is still in the office to address needs of clients. Please call or email the appropriate staff member for help. (Staff Directory) Applications are available for pick-up outside our office by the drop box. Please use the drop box to return any paperwork or pay rent.


    Covid 19 Related Policy Changes

    Please click here to access the policy changes implemented by NIRHA.


    Online Applications

    NIRHA is excited to announce that preliminary applications are now accepted online. The application process will be done entirely online and, after applying, applicants can check the status of the application anytime using the WaitListCheck website. To apply, you can click below:


    After applying online, you can check your waiting list status by clicking below. This is only available to applicants who have submitted an application online. Do not call the NIRHA office for your status. Please wait 7-10 business days before checking your status to allow our office to process your application.

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    The NIRHA office is open the following hours:

    Monday-Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    Friday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM


NIRHA Jurisdiction




Waiting Lists

Our Waiting Lists are currently open.

At this time we are not issuing vouchers to new applicants. The Section 8 waiting list is still open.


How to apply

Mission Statement:

"The Mission of the North Iowa Regional
Housing Authority (NIRHA) is to assist
low-income families with decent, safe, and
affordable housing opportunites as theyHousing
strive to achieve self-sufficiency and
improve the quality of their lives. NIRHA
is committed to operating in an efficient,
ethical, and professional manner. NIRHA
will create and maintain partnerships with
its clients and appropriate community
agencies in order to accomplish this mission."