Public Hearing | Proposed 2021 Annual Action Plan

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will be soliciting public comments from April 14-May 14, 2021, regarding the Proposed 2021 Annual Action Plan (AAP).

The stated documents describe how DED and DHHS will use approximately $31.3 million in annual funding pertaining to the following programs:

  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
  • HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME)
  • National Housing Trust Fund (HTF)
  • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
  • Housing Opportunities for Persons with Aids (HOPWA)
  • Homeless Shelter Assistance Trust Fund (HSATF)
  • Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund (NAHTF)

The documents describe the manner in which program funding will be used for the assistance of low and moderate-income persons; national and state objectives; application schedules; eligible activities; project selection criteria; and plans for minimizing the displacement of persons as a result of funded activities.

DED and DHHS will solicit public comments from April 14 to May 13, 2021, until 5 p.m. CST. Public hearings will be conducted at the following date and times:

May 5, 2021:

Event: Time: Location:
Virtual 9:30 a.m. CST / 8:30 a.m. MT Click here to Register
In-Person 2:30 p.m. CST / 1:30 p.m. MT Nebraska State Office Building, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lower Level Conference Room C

An electronic copy of the proposed documents is available on the DED website at Copies of the proposed documents will also be available at the in-person public hearing, or can be obtained by contacting Lori Cole, Office Manager, at 800-426-6505 or 402-471-3746, or by emailing

All comments must be received by DED before the close of the comment period. Mail written comments to: Nebraska Department of Economic Development, P.O. Box 94666, Lincoln, NE 68509-4666. Or, email comments to with the subject line “2021 Proposed.” Individuals requiring sensory accommodations, including interpreter services, Braille, large print or recorded materials, should contact Rebecca Schademann (402-471-3172; by April 28, 2021.

Los individuos que no hablan inglés y los individuos con discapacidad podrán solicitor ayuda y servicios necesarios para contactar el Departamento de Desarrollo Economico, P.O. Box 94666, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-4666, o

2021 Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund – Application Workshops 

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (NDED) will provide training opportunities for potential 2021 Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund (NAHTF) applicants.  Workshops will be provided by WebEx for both Pre-Applications and Applications.  Prior to participating in workshops, NDED recommends a thorough review of the 2021 NAHTF Application Guidelines, as significant format and process changes have occurred from previous years.

Registration is required for participation, and can be completed at the links below.  Please ensure when registering that any pre-populated tabs are reflective of the individual or organization registering.

Pre-Application Workshop: 

  • February 2, 2021 @ 2:00 PM Central | WebEx – Website Streaming

Full Application Workshops:

  • March 4, 2021 @ 1:30 PM Central | WebEx – Website Streaming
  • March 23, 2021 @ 10:00 AM Central | WebEx – Website Streaming

Four In-Person Workshops will be held between March 8 – March 19, 2021:

    • One per Program Rep’s Region (Southeast, Northeast, Central, and West)
    • Dates, Locations, and Times to be determined.

For additional questions, contact Evan Clark at 800-426-6505, 402-471-4679 or


Environmental Review: Floodplain Management

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development is partnering with Nebraska Department of Natural Resources to provide web-based training on Floodplain Management.   Join us to learn more about floodplain identification/determination, floodplain administrators, flood insurance, and maps. This training is beneficial to those grantees overseeing projects funded with CDBG, HOME, HTF, and NAHTF. The training is no cost, and will be recorded for individuals unable to attend.

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM CST

If you have any questions please contact Amber Ward at (402) 471-3369 or by email at

Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Access Requirement Self-Training Presentation

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development released Policy Guidance regarding Limited English Proficiency Access Requirements along with a Four Factor Analysis and Language Access Plan template. These requirements apply to any political subdivision of the State of Nebraska, or an eligible nonprofit organization, to whom Federal financial assistance is extended.

A self-training presentation regarding Limited English Proficiency Access requirements is available.

If you complete the self-training presentation, submit the following Feedback Forms.

If you have any questions please contact Rebecca Schademann at (402) 471-3172 or by email at