The Lincoln County Community Development Corporation will receive $75,000 to expand its coverage area into Curtis and Frontier County, beyond its current operations in Lincoln County. The LCCDC provides low income housing. It will receive this grant from the state – the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.
To expand, the development corporation will require a housing study of the intended area to determine need, as well as potentially updating a comprehensive plan for Curtis and Frontier County.
Future consideration includes becoming a certified Economic Development area, due to perceived growth from Curtis community leaders, state officials said in announcing the grant.
In all, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development announced a total of $300,000 Wednesday in four non-profit operating assistance grants through the Nebraska Affordable Housing Program.
Each individual award encompasses three years of operating expenses.
The money also goes to Chambers, Winnebago and Humboldt in eastern Nebraska.
The organizations and awards:
• Central Nebraska Economic Development District, based in Chambers will use $75,000 to develop a Nuisance Code Enforcement pilot program for three communities in central Nebraska. The communities may be located within Blaine, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Hamilton, Holt, Howard, Keya Paha, Loup, Merrick, Rock, Sherman, Valley, and/or Wheeler counties.
The funding will specifically help establish an administrative process for enforcing inspections of properties for code violations, working with property owners to correct code violations, and identifying properties for future demolition.
• Ho Chunk Community Development Corporation (CDC), based in Winnebago will use $75,000 to address housing shortages and overcrowded conditions on the Winnebago Reservation in Winnebago and/or Thurston County, through capacity building of the Ho Chunk CDC’s staff in basic real estate, credit coaching, and budgeting; providing technical assistance to residents through one-on-one and community-wide informational opportunities; and to plan for a new Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in the community because no lending facilities offering home loans currently exist in Winnebago.
• Southeast Nebraska Community Action Council, Inc. (SENCA), based in Humboldt will use $75,000 to continue building capacity to engage in new and additional affordable housing programs and services encompassing Cass, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Richardson and Sarpy counties.
Currently SENCA operates a gap financing/down payment assistance with minor housing rehab project, and an owner-occupied housing rehab project. Additionally staff assists people who don’t qualify for either project, but have significant housing needs.