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 […]

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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 […]

Lawmaker Vargas recaps this year’s highs and lows, looks ahead to ‘last hurrah’ in Legislature

BY: - June 27, 2023

OMAHA — At a town hall meeting Tuesday, State Sen. Tony Vargas said he was disappointed that so much of his 2023 legislative session was spent ”fighting on defense” against bills that he said hurt people in his district. The South Omaha lawmaker said that measures aimed at transgender youths and abortion restrictions, for example, […]

More than 2,600 Nebraska homeowners get help from $50 million pandemic relief fund

BY: - June 23, 2023

OMAHA — More than 2,600 Nebraska property owners have received an average of $13,418 to help stay in their homes since the state early last year launched the pandemic-related Nebraska Homeowner Assistance Fund. The program — which aimed to prevent Nebraskans from losing their houses over COVID-19 hardships — launched in February 2022 with a […]

Lawmakers ask Nebraska Pardons Board to speed up review of marijuana possession cases

BY: - June 21, 2023

LINCOLN — A refreshed Nebraska Pardons Board meets for the first time Thursday, adding a first-year governor and attorney general to a three-person panel that returns the secretary of state. The board, which has the state’s power to set aside criminal convictions and consequences, will consider the commutations of three criminal sentences, the pardons of […]

Enable program helps Nebraskans with disabilities and their families save for care 

BY: - June 15, 2023

LINCOLN — Like many people caring for loved ones with developmental disabilities, Kurt and Melissa Kolm of Lincoln have worried whether the checks they deposited in a loved one’s bank account might eclipse the total assets allowed to remain eligible for public health and disability benefits.   Melissa has an older sister with special needs and […]

Nonprofits share $7.5 million in state grants for urban ‘workforce housing’

BY: - June 10, 2023

LINCOLN — Three Nebraska nonprofits have been awarded a total of $7.5 million in state funds to create more affordable housing in urban parts of the state. The grants, which required at least a 50% match from the nonprofit, were announced this week and are the latest allotment from the state’s Middle Income Workforce Housing Investment […]

Front Porch nonprofit awards loans and grants to spark more Omaha-area affordable housing

BY: - June 1, 2023

OMAHA — Sixteen organizations collectively have been awarded $11 million in low-interest loans and grants to create more affordable housing in the Omaha area. Front Porch Investments said that its latest round of “Development and Preservation Fund” recipients, announced Thursday, should generate 221 dwellings and help launch four new housing programs and four planning grants. […]

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

BY: - May 12, 2023

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 […]