Southern Iowa Regional Housing Authority

219 N. Pine St
Creston, Union County, Iowa 50801

Southern Iowa Regional Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Creston, Iowa that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of September 22nd, 2019, Southern Iowa Regional Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Southern Iowa Regional Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Southern Iowa Regional Housing Authority serves Adair County, Adams County, Cass County, Clarke County, Decatur County, Fremont County, Mills County, Montgomery County, Page County, Pottawattamie County, Ringgold County, Taylor County, Union County and Nebraska City but does not serve Council Bluffs.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Southern Iowa Regional Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Southern Iowa Regional Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Southern Iowa Regional Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

Please note: The Southern Iowa Regional Housing Authority covers the Counties of Adair, Adams, Cass, Clarke, Decatur, Fremont, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, Taylor, and Union, IA; and the City of Nebraska City, NE; with the exception of Council Bluffs, IA. Please click the prior link for information on that area.


The Southern Iowa Regional Housing Authority (SIRHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program waiting list is currently open. This waiting list is open indefinitely.

Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Download and print the pre-application online here.
  2. Request a pre-application be mailed to you online here.

Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be returned to the SIRHA office, located at 219 North Pine Street, Creston, IA 50801.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Local residency, disabled and veterans.


Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via 6417828585.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 07/14/2017.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Southern Iowa Regional Housing Authority (SIRHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.

The SIRHA has communities in the following counties: Union, Clarke, Decatur, Ringgold, Adams, and Taylor.

Please note: All one bedroom units are reserved for elderly/disabled households.

There are three ways to apply:

  1. Visit the SIRHA to pick up a pre-application, located at 219 N. Pine St., Creston, Iowa 50801, from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm CT, Monday-Friday.
  2. Request to have a pre-application mailed to you by calling (641) 782-8585, from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.
  3. Download a pre-application online here, then print and complete.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above. 

Be sure to include these documents with the pre-application: If claiming a preference, you must submit appropriate documentation.

The SIRHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: Live and/or work in the counties that are listed above, elderly, disabled, or veteran.

For more information, visit the SIRHA website, or call the office at (641) 782-8585 from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via 6417828585.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 08/21/2015.

About Southern Iowa Regional Housing Authority

More information about Southern Iowa Regional Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.sirha-ia.org/.

Representatives of Southern Iowa Regional Housing Authority may be available by phone at (641) 782-8585. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 09/22/2019, it is not known if Southern Iowa Regional Housing Authority is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Southern Iowa Regional Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Southern Iowa Regional Housing Authority manages 1,125 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 1,092 2 31
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $376 $228 $601
Monthly Cost $410,301 $456 $18,622

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Southern Iowa Regional Housing Authority

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 34% having issued approximately 31 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 3 years and 3 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 14 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.2 persons and has a household income of $11,393 per year. 99% of households were very low income (VLI) and 79% were extremely low income (ELI). 26% of households had wages as a major source of income, 3% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 69% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

7% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 49% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 24% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 20% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 3% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

43% of households included children, 7% of which had two adults in the household. 40% of households with children have a female head of household. 79% of all households were headed by a female.

4% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 1% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Southern Iowa Regional Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 22% include at least one person with a disability. 45% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 32% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

44% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 31% with 2 bedrooms and 25% with 3 or more bedrooms. 9% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Southern Iowa Regional Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $291 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $511. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $156.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.


Public Housing Operated by Southern Iowa Regional Housing Authority

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300 N Oak St
Creston, IA
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