More than $1.2 million awarded for housing projects in Omaha and Lincoln

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More than $1.2 million awarded for housing projects in Omaha and Lincoln

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development has awarded the cities of Omaha and Lincoln with $1,208,380 in HOME and Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund (NAHTF) money for new and rehabilitated rental housing projects targeting very low-income tenants.

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development has awarded the cities of Omaha and Lincoln with $1,208,380 in HOME and Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund (NAHTF) money for new and rehabilitated rental housing projects targeting very low-income tenants.

Heartland Family Services of Omaha will use $500,000 in HOME funds to redevelop a six-story, 76,700 sq. ft. facility at 4842 Sprague St., into a state-of-the-art center for its Family Works Program. The unique, comprehensive Family Works residential treatment program allows pregnant women and/or mothers of young children to undergo treatment for and recovery from addiction while maintaining custody of their children. The first floor will feature a day care center, offices for Heartland Family Service staff and administration, a community room, and group room.

The second floor will feature eight two-and three-bedroom apartments reserved for approximately 16 women undergoing treatment and their children. The goal is to offer a private bedroom for each woman and her children, but create communal living quarters where people can share experiences and support one another when it’s most needed. Mothers will remain on the treatment floor for about six months and then move to a transitional housing unit on the third or fourth floor. It is anticipated that more than 80 women will be served annually.

A total 16 transitional housing units will be built and made available to Family Works graduates until they’re able to provide for permanent housing for themselves and their children. These apartment units, however, will each house only one pregnant woman and/or mother and children for average stays of 12 months (roughly serving 40 people annually).

A penthouse level will feature a large meeting room, and exercise room for tenants.

Additional funding of approximately $10.5 million will come from Nebraska Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Tax Increment Financing, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka Affordable Housing Program Funds, and a capital contribution from Heartland Family Service.

For information, contact John Jeanetta at 402-552-7402, or JJeanetta@heartlandfamilyservice.org

Interfaith Housing Coalition in Lincoln will use $708,308 in NAHTF money to rehabilitate 70 affordable apartment units in the President and Ambassador apartment buildings, located at 1330 Lincoln Mall. Twenty-nine units will be efficiencies and 41 will be one-bedroom apartments.

All units will be rented to individuals earning at or below 60 percent of the Area Median Income.

A zero entry design from the courtyard will provide easy access to tenants and visitors. Exterior rehabilitation will include brickwork, landscaping and new courtyard seating areas. Forty units will be fully handicapped accessible. Each unit will include new refrigerators, stoves and microwaves. Additionally, all units will be rehabilitated to meet several green standards set by the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority. The property has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1993 as an example of Art Deco architecture.

Remaining funding making up the approximately $7.6 million total project cost will include tax credit equity and owner equity from an investor member.

For information, contact Bob Lange at 402-432-1538, or blange@ameritas.com

CONTACT Susan Albertus at 800-426-6505, 402-471-3987 or sue.albertus@nebraska.gov