The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has awarded $1,834,010 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding in the category of Comprehensive Revitalization to pursue community projects targeting neighborhoods benefitting low- and middle-income residents in each city. The grants are administered by DED from the state’s annual allocation of CDBG funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The cities participated in an initial three-year Comprehensive Revitalization effort that began in 2012 with a Comprehensive Needs Assessment and Revitalization Strategy. A recent updated strategy allowed each to extend its participation for three more years (2012-2015). All cities have provided local funding for the projects leveraging more than $1.114 million total.
Following are the cities and individual awards:
Columbus—$407,480 to purchase, rehabilitate and resell homes; conduct lead-based paint testing; and apply toward housing management activities all benefitting low- and moderate-income individuals. The City will invest more than $175,700 to complete street improvements in the targeted area. Contact Joe Mangiamelli at 402-562-4233 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Fremont—$414,925 for single-family owner- and renter-occupied rehabilitation and associated housing management costs, including lead-based paint testing. The city’s contribution is more than $112,500 to complete street and infrastructure improvements in the targeted area. Contact Jean Kaup Van Iperen at 402-727-2630 or email@example.com
Norfolk—$413,891 for water main reconstruction; single-family rental housing and associated housing management costs, including lead-based paint testing, and downtown commercial façade improvements. The city’s contribution will be more than $60,000, with the property owners providing 1:1 match for housing and commercial rehabilitation activities. Contact Elizabeth Deck at 402-844-2000 or firstname.lastname@example.org