Nearly $23 million doled out from Nebraska’s rural workforce housing fund

By: - May 12, 2023 10:55 am

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LINCOLN — Twenty-seven nonprofits in rural Nebraska will get a chunk of $22.8 million awarded from the state’s Rural Workforce Housing Fund.

The grants were announced Thursday by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.

Signed into law in 2017 as part of the Rural Workforce Housing Investment Act, the fund created by the Nebraska Legislature provides grants to nonprofit developers to build supply and reduce costs of worker housing in the state’s rural communities.

Recipients of the latest funding round contributed at least a 50% match on their grant, amounting to about $12 million in matching funds. The DED administers the program through a competitive application process. 

“Growing rural Nebraska is a priority for our agency,” said DED interim director Joe Fox. 

He said the fund supports job creation and produces housing that helps attract residents to smaller communities in the state.

The latest funding round was made possible by a general fund allocation authorized in 2022 by state lawmakers.

Recipients and their state award

Albion Economic Development Corp., $1 million

Arcadia Safety and Preservation Fund, Inc., $1 million

Aurora Housing Development Corp., $1 million

Box Butte Development Corp., $750,000

Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, $1 million

David City Development Corp., $1 million

Grand Island Area Economic Development Corp., $1 million

Greater Fremont Development Council, $1 million

Greater Loup Valley Activities Inc., $1 million

Hastings Economic Development Corp., $1 million

McCook Economic Development Corp., $702,000

Merrick County Development Corp., $1 million

NeighborWorks Northeast Nebraska, $1 million

Neligh Chamber of Commerce, $510,000

North Central Development Center, Inc., $327,000

O’Neill Chamber of Commerce, $1 million

Panhandle Area Development District, $1 million

Phelps County Development Corp., $600,000

Ravenna Economic Development Corp., $350,000

Seward County Chamber & Development Partnership, $756,000

South Central Economic Development District, Inc., $860,000

Southeast Nebraska Affordable Housing Council, $1 million

Spencer Community Economic Development, Inc., $700,000

Twin Cities Development, $1 million

Wausa Development Corp., $270,000

West Central Nebraska Development District, $1 million

York County Development Corp., $1 million

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Cindy Gonzalez
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Senior Reporter Cindy Gonzalez, an Omaha native, has more than 35 years of experience, largely at the Omaha World-Herald. Her coverage areas have included business and real estate development; regional reporting; immigration, demographics and diverse communities; and City Hall and local politics.