Southern Iowa Regional Housing Authority (SIRHA) provides rent assistance or rent subsidy to low income individuals, families, elderly or disabled who meet qualifying program guidelines utilizing the different programs we offer.

SIRHA operates 2 rental assistance programs:  Public Housing (125 units) and Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (1026 vouchers). 

Public Housing Program

SIRHA is the landlord and rents these units to eligible tenants.  Our Public Housing units are scattered throughout six counties.  Click Here for Public Housing information.

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

Families with a Section 8 Voucher choose and lease safe, decent, and affordable privately owned rental housing.  Participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, duplexes, apartments and mobile homes. Click Here for Section 8 information.

Please note if you are interested in one or both programs you must fill out a SIRHA application.  You may call SIRHA and request an application to be mailed to you or you may click on the following rental application link to apply for rent assistance Click Here for Application information.


What happens if I move before I reach the top of the list?

We contact people by mail when they are at the top of the waiting list.  Periodically we may also contact people my mail to update information on our waiting list.  Therefore you must contact us in writing at the following address if your address changes to maintain eligibility on our waiting lists.

219 N. Pine Street
Creston, IA50801

You may also submit address changes by emailing:


What if I’m currently homeless?

If you are homeless, we must have a mailing address for you.  You can use the address of a friend or relative.  We recommend that you use the address of someone who will be able to get in touch with you.  SIRHA does not provide emergency housing assistance. 

 How long can I expect to wait before receiving assistance?

Our waiting list is based on our best guess and is hard to accurately predict.  As participants leave the program, assistance is offered to people currently on the waiting list.  We assist applicants in order of their date and time of application.

Criminal background checks

SIRHA may conduct criminal background checks on applicants 18 years of age and older.  If applicants fail to report arrests, charges, or convictions, they may be ineligible for housing assistance


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