Nebraska advocates say ‘Women’s Bill of Rights’ does not focus on needed priorities

BY: - September 27, 2023

LINCOLN — Two of the state’s largest women’s rights groups say a new “Women’s Bill of Rights” misses the mark when seeking to support Nebraska women. Gov. Jim Pillen on Aug. 30 signed the executive order, which defines “male” and “female” for the state’s executive branch and varying agencies, boards and commissions based on the development […]

State Sen. Terrell McKinney listens to a testifier during a committee hearing on legislative hearing on affordable housing

Nebraska legislative committee ponders the definition of ‘affordable housing’

BY: - September 25, 2023

OMAHA — A Nebraska legislative committee took its first steps Monday to address “affordable housing” in the next legislative session, first by learning how constituents define the term. State Sen. Terrell McKinney, chair of Nebraska’s Urban Affairs Committee, hosted a hearing in North Omaha for Legislative Resolution 138 surrounding the “revolving definition” of affordable housing. The […]

$1.1 million federal grant to revive neglected Omaha park is linked to new affordable housing

BY: - September 22, 2023

OMAHA — A $1.1 million federal grant announced Friday will help resurrect a long-neglected North Omaha park and mesh with a $25 million affordable housing development rising nearby. Myott Park, near 52nd Street and Sorensen Parkway, is to expand and be revived with a new amphitheater, picnic pavilions, walking and cycling trails and courts for […]

Two NE nonprofits to host free Omaha clinic on building generational wealth

BY: - August 6, 2023

LINCOLN — Two Nebraska organizations are partnering to offer free individualized sessions Aug. 12 on how homeowners can build generational wealth. The Omaha sessions will delve into how the homeowner can have more control over the future of their home, and how family benefits can accrue from that asset. The generational wealth clinic sessions, co-hosted […]

$45 million ‘Nook’ housing project seeks to fit in deep-rooted Omaha neighborhood

BY: - August 2, 2023

OMAHA — A new $45.6 million housing development is poised to rise around the edges of the former Grace University campus, bringing a proposed 250 new rental dwellings to a popular area just south of this city’s downtown. Grace closed its doors five years ago after a 75-year run. Since then, a newly built public […]

Omaha officials greenlight the ‘Digs’ apartment project despite neighbor objections

BY: - August 1, 2023

OMAHA — The controversial Digs housing project, which spotlighted parking concerns and growing pains of a redefining urban core, is moving forward after a vote of approval Tuesday by the Omaha City Council. The governing body of Nebraska’s largest city also supported the developer’s request for $4.1 million in public tax-increment financing. Under developer Uptown […]

$46 million ‘Digs’ project fuels debate about parking squeeze in Omaha’s urban core

BY: - August 1, 2023

OMAHA — Pat O’Donnell says he’s all for development, especially in his childhood stomping grounds where walking, biking and newer housing is replacing shady activity that once was the norm.  The Omaha native loves watching seats fill up in the trendy new corner coffee shop, The Mill at 31st and Leavenworth Streets, and welcomes other […]

After $17 million revamp, two Omaha historic sites are set to open as affordable housing

BY: - July 31, 2023

OMAHA — In a $17 million renovation project years in the making, two historic structures, one built over 130 years ago, are ready to provide affordable housing in one of Omaha’s oldest and evolving neighborhoods. Between the Georgia Row Apartments and adjacent Hanscom Apartments, 75 homes, including family-size dwellings, will be available to renters whose […]

Despite dismissal of appeal, advocates see opportunity for justice for those facing eviction

BY: - July 24, 2023

LINCOLN — Attorneys for renters facing eviction are expressing optimism that help will be coming for their clients, despite the dismissal Friday of an appeal before the Nebraska Supreme Court. In the appeal, attorneys with Legal Aid of Nebraska and the Nebraska Appleseed Center argued that those facing eviction have a constitutional right to a […]

AARP pitches in to help Omaha’s affordable housing plight

BY: - July 14, 2023

OMAHA — A national organization aimed at making life easier for the 50-and-older crowd has jumped in to do its part for Omaha’s affordable housing crunch. AARP’s Nebraska chapter recognizes that different residential options and designs can lighten the load for all ages, including those in or nearing retirement, said state director Todd Stubbendieck. He […]

Latest on emergency rent aid saga: Gov. Jim Pillen accepted the federal funds

BY: - July 8, 2023

LINCOLN — Bucking the stance of his predecessor, Gov. Jim Pillen has accepted what’s left of millions of dollars in emergency rent aid that the federal government had set aside for Nebraska’s 91 smaller counties. Earlier refusal by then-Gov. Pete Ricketts to tap the pandemic-related fund meant missed deadlines and the redirection of much of […]

State awards $520,000 to northeast Nebraska housing nonprofit

BY: - July 3, 2023

LINCOLN — A private nonprofit that develops housing in an eight-county area of northeast Nebraska has been awarded $520,000 from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. The federal funds awarded to NeighborWorks Northeast Nebraska come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s HOME Investment Partnerships program. The DED administers the HOME program in […]