SAFE, AFFORDABLE FARM LABOR HOUSING
The Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA) Housing Assistance Program is funded by The U.S. Department of Labor's WIOA National Farmworker Jobs Program 167 Farmworker Program. The program is divided into two sections; temporary housing and permanent housing for farmworkers and their families.
The program provides housing for migrant workers in Wisconsin and Minnesota. The temporary housing section also provides funding for emergency shelter, renter education, fair housing information and referrals, and assistance in locating area social services agencies and other support providers. UMOS served 312 individuals and 269 families in the 2016-2017 grant year.
The program provides year-round rental housing to seasonal farmworkers. The program also funds technical assistance which helps nonprofit, affordable housing developers build units of rental housing with below market rents for very low-income farmworkers. UMOS has helped 90 individuals and 178 families gain access to permanent housing in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Missouri.
The UMOS technical assistance program provides technical support in an eight-state area: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Illinois, South Dakota and Nebraska. UMOS staff has overseen the development of 107-units of permanent housing. In addition, UMOS staff has continued to support the construction of 149-units of multifamily rental housing in Wisconsin and Minnesota. An estimated 86 individuals and 66 families are living in new permanent housing units supported by UMOS. In Minnesota, families from Somalia are served through the Three Rivers Agency.