UMOS - Building Better Futures
UMOS, a non-profit advocacy organization, provides programs and services which improve the employment, educational, health and housing opportunities of under-served populations.
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Farm Labor Housing

The UMOS Housing Department provides technical assistance and WIA 167 pass-through funds that helps other nonprofit, affordable housing agencies, develop and preserve farm labor housing through a nine-state housing consortium.

States included in the consortium are Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. In addition to preserving housing, UMOS staff helped nonprofit consortium partners start 53 units of new farm labor housing in fiscal year 2015-2016.

UMOS housing staff continues to research areas where the need for farm labor housing is acute. In 2016 UMOS funded the Couleegap Community Action Program in Sparta, Wisconsin for the collection of preoccupancy surveys in Lafayette County, Wisconsin. These surveys will help to determine the county's need for farm labor housing.

UMOS is participating with the Wisconsin Farmworkers Coalition to solicit a count and study of the farmworkers who live in, and migrant to Wisconsin.

Property management of five seasonal and year-round housing centers in Wisconsin and Minnesota is a big part of UMOS' housing operations. UMOS manages 86 units of rental housing.

UMOS staff also provides social services consultations to help qualify families for rent subsidies from USDA.

Funding Sources

  • 167 Permanent Housing
  • USDA