Nebraska City Launches Flood Recovery Homes
NEBRASKA CITY – Officials kicked off a housing project in Nebraska City on Friday linked to the resumption of flooding and the need for workforce housing.
Dan Mauk, of the Nebraska City area, EDC and Growing Regional Economic Development, said four new homes will be built on previously undeveloped land in the Kearney Hill area.
Mauk: “The flood has disrupted our economy here. We didn’t have homes lost to the flooding, but we had a lot of people who lived on the Iowa side who couldn’t get to work or had to travel four hours to work or who had to stay in a hotel here or with friends or campgrounds in 2019 to get to work. “
Senator Julie Slama said she was delighted to see the ground broken on an addition to the Southeast Nebraska housing stock.
Slama: “This was a big step towards recovery from the 2019 floods in Southeast Nebraska, and second, this innovation addresses a problem that was present long before the 2019 floods in Southeastern Nebraska. rural Nebraska, namely the lack of affordable and quality housing for the workforce.
Mauk said the Nebraska City Housing Studies in 2013 and 2021 show a shortage of housing units in every price range and said the four new homes will be for households earning 120% of the average median income. .
He described them with a free access basement, three bedrooms and garages for two cars, facing the street with a beautiful view of the backyard.
Amy Kienzler, of the State Department of Economic Development, said a grant was awarded by the Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
Kienzler: “We provided $ 500,000 in grants to start this project because we saw the need for housing in and around Nebraska City and as a growing workforce area. It is absolutely necessary. “
Mauk said nearly 2,000 people leave Otoe County a day to work elsewhere, and about as many travel to the county to work here.
He said the creation of a revolving fund for additional housing was a step forward.
Mauk: “To address a serious housing shortage that we have experienced in the community for a number of years. This money will be recycled into a revolving loan so that we can continue to build houses, as long as we don’t lose a lot of money on each house. “
Down payment assistance is also available with houses.