Nebraskans failing to claim $200 million in state income tax credits, officials say

BY: - September 15, 2022

LINCOLN — Nebraskans aren’t claiming their refunds from a major tax break passed by the State Legislature, and Gov. Pete Ricketts joined other state leaders on Thursday to urge Cornhuskers to get after it. About 40% of all Nebraskans this year failed to claim the property tax refund that must be claimed on a state […]

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Lincoln ceremony seen as ‘significant step’ in improving relations between city and Indigenous people

BY: - September 12, 2022

(Editor’s note — this story has been updated to reflect that the Center for Great Plains Studies organized this event) LINCOLN — A special ceremony has been scheduled Sept. 21 that includes Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird  to welcome back members of the original inhabitants of the Lincoln area. The event is being organized by […]

Tyson Foods and Habitat for Humanity Omaha mark one-year partnership

BY: - August 26, 2022

A yearlong partnership between Habitat for Humanity Omaha and Tyson Foods has helped 30 Tyson employees purchase a home. Tyson Foods recognized that some of their employees needed help buying a home. They reached out to a dozen Habitat for Humanity chapters before contacting the Omaha organization, which agreed to partner with them.  Amanda Brewer, […]

Nearly $17.5 million in grants awarded for affordable housing projects in Nebraska

BY: - August 25, 2022

LINCOLN — Forty affordable housing projects across the state, from  Auburn to Bertrand and Ewing to Omaha, will share in nearly $17.5 million in state housing grants, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development announced Wednesday. The grants, which are annual awards from the 26-year-old Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund, will help develop 381 housing units, […]

Nebraska seeking applicants for $700 million in ARPA grants

BY: - July 26, 2022

LINCOLN — The State of Nebraska is seeking applicants for more than $700 million worth of grants to help the state and local economies recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Nebraska received $1.04 billion from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), and the Nebraska Department of Economic Development was charged with distributing $723 million of those […]

Omaha, Fremont to share in $10 million in housing grants for “bomb cyclone” flood recovery

BY: - July 11, 2022

LINCOLN — Five low-income housing projects in Omaha and Fremont will share $10 million in federal funding, part of $109 million the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development sent to Nebraska to recover from flooding in 2019. HUD set aside about $26 million of that relief money for affordable housing in communities impacted by […]

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Apparent showdown coming over Wilderness Park protest camp

BY: - May 10, 2022

This report was  updated at 8:10 p.m. to include response from protest group LINCOLN — A showdown may be ahead over a protest camp erected on the site of a planned housing development next to Lincoln’s Wilderness Park. On Monday, protesters said they plan to stay on the site of the Wilderness Crossing development until […]

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Protest camp rises at proposed site of housing development along Wilderness Park in Lincoln

BY: - May 2, 2022

LINCOLN — Overnight on Sunday night, a complex of six tepees was erected in southwest Lincoln to protest a housing development that opponents say will ruin a nearby site for Native American sweat lodge ceremonies and could harm the adjacent Wilderness Park. A spokeswoman for the group said Monday that the “Niskíthe Peace Camp” will […]

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Gov. Pete Ricketts rejects Legislature’s call to apply for $120 million in rental aid

BY: - March 29, 2022

Gov. Pete Ricketts again swatted down the notion of getting $120 million in federal rental and utility aid for Nebraska, as he vetoed a bill Tuesday that the Legislature had passed calling on him to apply for the money. In a letter to the Legislature, the governor said accepting the second round of Emergency Rental […]

Rents down in Lincoln? Housing advocate skeptical about report’s findings

BY: - February 22, 2022

As average rent in most states was up this time of year compared to last, rent in a slice of bigger cities — Lincoln among them —  reportedly went down. That’s according to the latest national analysis by Rent.com. In its February rent report, the online apartment locator said January rent for a one-bedroom unit […]

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Senators scrap with Ricketts’ budget administrator over rental aid

BY: - February 11, 2022

LINCOLN — A two-hour public hearing Friday on whether Nebraska should apply for more COVID-related federal rental aid was capped by a rather testy exchange between a few state lawmakers and the lone opponent who appeared on behalf of Gov. Pete Ricketts. About 20 parents, service providers and landlords took turns endorsing Lincoln Sen. Matt […]

This family almost lost its home over Iowa’s little-known ‘quiet title’ law

BY: - February 9, 2022

Maria Kendall took a break from her job as a cafe manager in 2020 when she decided to do some house hunting on the real estate website Zillow. She looked for a new home in Marshalltown, a city of about 28,000 in Iowa between Des Moines and Cedar Rapids. It’s where she lived for more than […]