The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) will open a public comment period regarding a proposed substantial amendment to its 2018 Annual Action Plan. This is due to proposed changes in the method of distribution (primarily related to the Community Development Block Grant [CDBG] program) intended to address needs created by the recent disaster.

The 2018 Annual Action Plan describes annual program priorities and strategies, program goals and objectives, and the allocation and method of distribution for programs. The Plan concerns the distribution of approximately $16.8 million in CDBG program funds; $4.2 million in HOME Investment Partnerships program funds; $7.8 million in National Housing Trust Funds (HTF) program funds; $941,000 in Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program funds; and $480,000 in Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This is in addition to approximately $3.6 million in Homeless Shelter Assistance Trust Fund (HSATF) funds and $11.2 million in Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund (NAHTF) resources, as referenced.

The proposed substantial amendment to the 2018 Annual Action Plan will be available electronically beginning on April 23, 2019, at Copies can be requested by contacting Lori Cole, Office Manager, at 800-426-6505 or 402-471-3746, or via email at

The public comment period is open April 24, 2019, through May 1, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. Central Time.

Comments will be accepted April 24 – May 1, 2019. All comments must be received by the Department before the close of the public comment period. Mail written comments to: Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Attn: 2018 AAP Substantial Amendment, P.O. Box 94666, Lincoln, NE 68509-4666; or, email: Individuals requiring sensory accommodations, including interpreter services, Braille, large print or recorded materials, should contact Rebecca Schademann at 402-471-3172 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, o