Since 2001, Lexington (pop. 10,011) has rehabilitated a whopping 40 homes in the community with the help of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding in a number of housing categories, including housing rehabilitation. Just because new housing facilities basically came to a standstill, the demand for quality affordable housing consistently remained high. Added to this was the challenge of addressing existing housing stock that was more than 50 years old. The $108,600 grant was used for owner-occupied housing rehabilitation. Projects have included constructing new roofs and installing siding, windows and insulation. Homes also have been upgraded with energy saving furnaces and water heaters as well. Lexington also partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development and the Mid-NE Weatherization program to make all of the necessary improvements.
Today, one can drive down the streets of Lexington lined with homes that have taken on new life, in large part to the CDBG funding. In some areas of town, rehab projects have inspired neighbors to spruce up their properties as well. All Lexington citizens have benefitted from increased property values due to the rehabilitation projects.