The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) will conduct a public comment period from October 6 to October 22, 2020, to discuss the State of Nebraska’s proposed 2020 Rural Workforce Housing Fund (RWHF) application guidelines.

The RWHF was established in 2017 as a source of grants to help rural communities develop quality workforce housing. Following a successful first round of funding — which resulted in 619 new or rehabilitated homes being planned or built across 18 Nebraska communities — the Fund has received a second appropriation totaling approximately $10 million, with applications to be accepted in early 2021.

More details about this forthcoming funding opportunity are found in the 2020 Draft Application Guidelines under discussion; these are now available for public comment at A copy of the guidelines can also be requested by contacting Sheryl Hiatt, Housing/Field Staff Director, at 402-340-6180 or

Comments on the Draft 2020 Application Guidelines must be submitted by email no later than October 22, 2020, to

Individuals requiring sensory accommodations, including interpreter services, Braille, large print or recorded materials should contact Lori Cole at 402-471-3746 or

Los individuos no hablan Inglés y los individuos con discapacidad podrán solicitar las ayudas y servicios auxiliares necesarios para la participación de contacto con el Departamento de Desarrollo Económico PO Box 94666, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-4666,