City and county officials have pledged money toward a countywide housing study.

Winneshiek County Development Inc. (WCDI) Director Randy Uhl attended the regular meetings of the Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors and the Decorah City Council Monday to request the funds.

The supervisors approved a $2,000 allocation, and the Council approved $2,500. During his presentation to the Council Monday night, Uhl reported Black Hills Energy would contribute $3,000. The total cost of the study is $10,000, and Uhl said funding will be sought from other sources, such as Northeast Iowa Community College, Luther College, the National Association of Realtors and Decorah Jobs.

Earlier this year, WCDI identified housing needs as a priority, according to Uhl, noting employees are commuting to Decorah due to a lack of affordable housing. WCDI formed an ad hoc committee that has been discussing the issue for several months.

"We've been looking at tools available, tax credits, tax abatement, tax increment financing and zoning issues, but we really need someone with professional expertise and guidance," Uhl said Monday night.

RDG Planning and Design of Omaha will be conducting the Community Housing Assessment Team (CHAT) study involving a countywide approach and participation from a large number of organizations.

Uhl said before recommending the study, his committee consulted with officials from Story City and Newton, who completed CHAT studies and said they were glad they did.

Council member Rachel Vagts said she attended one of the housing committee's meetings when the CHAT study was discussed.

"It sounded like a very effective tool for looking at housing needs," she said.

Winneshiek County Development Inc. (WCDI) Director Randy Uhl attended the regular meetings of the Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors and the Decorah City Council Monday to request the funds.

The supervisors approved a $2,000 allocation, and the Council approved $2,500. During his presentation to the Council Monday night, Uhl reported Black Hills Energy would contribute $3,000. The total cost of the study is $10,000, and Uhl said funding will be sought from other sources, such as Northeast Iowa Community College, Luther College, the National Association of Realtors and Decorah Jobs.

Earlier this year, WCDI identified housing needs as a priority, according to Uhl, noting employees are commuting to Decorah due to a lack of affordable housing. WCDI formed an ad hoc committee that has been discussing the issue for several months.

"We've been looking at tools available, tax credits, tax abatement, tax increment financing and zoning issues, but we really need someone with professional expertise and guidance," Uhl said Monday night.

RDG Planning and Design of Omaha will be conducting the Community Housing Assessment Team (CHAT) study involving a countywide approach and participation from a large number of organizations.

Uhl said before recommending the study, his committee consulted with officials from Story City and Newton, who completed CHAT studies and said they were glad they did.

Council member Rachel Vagts said she attended one of the housing committee's meetings when the CHAT study was discussed.

"It sounded like a very effective tool for looking at housing needs," she said.