Housing Authorities in Nebraska

State of Housing in NebraskaIn addition to the $7,046,242 awarded during the first quarter of 2013, the US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $176,813,000 more this May for the support of local homeless housing and service programs in Nebraska.

Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund (NAHTF)

The NAHTF is a state financial resource developed in 1996 to increase the supply and improve the quality of affordable housing in Nebraska. It was created to:

  • Address the need for affordable housing as identified by the Department.
  • Provide a flexible housing resource to enhance economic development.
  • Serve the lowest income individuals for the longest period of time.
  • Provide matching funds for federal programs.

NAHTF provides grants to nonprofits, local governments, and public housing authorities to:

  • Build new rental units for low to moderate income persons.
  • Adapt old buildings from use as schools, hotels, etc., to rental housing.
  • Rehabilitate existing rental properties owned by nonprofit or public housing authorities to meet local building codes and the Nebraska Department of Economic Development’s rehabilitation standards.
  • Administer homebuyer assistance programs.
  • Develop new single-family housing (including infrastructure) for homeowners.
  • Purchase homes and rehabilitate them to meet local building codes and Nebraska Department of Economic Development’s rehabilitation standards, and provide down-payment assistance to new homebuyers to purchase the homes.
  • Administer programs that help homeowners rehabilitate their houses.
  • Increase nonprofit organizations’ capacity to develop affordable housing.

HOME

The HOME program provides grants to non-profits and local governments to help them develop and support affordable housing.

Community Development Block Grant

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides Nebraskans with safe, affordable and accessible housing and infrastructure; quality jobs and investment through financing new and expanding businesses.

Housing Education for Homebuyers, Tenants, and Homeowners

Nebraska provides counseling service through approximately 1,700 HUD-approved counseling agencies. These agenciesState of Housing in Nebraska are public and private nonprofit organizations with housing counseling skills and knowledge of HUD, VA, and conventional housing programs. The funding helps the approved agencies partially meet their operating expenses.

Good Neighbor Next Door

The Good Neighbor Next Door program promotes safe and strong communities by encouraging persons whose daily professional responsibilities represent a nexus to the needs of the community to purchase and live in homes in these communities. This program makes homes in revitalization areas available to law enforcement officers, teachers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians.

Self-Help Housing Property Disposition

The property must be used for self-help housing for low-income persons. Residents of the property must make a substantial contribution of labor toward the construction, rehabilitation, or refurbishment of the property. HUD has the right to take the property back if it is not used in accordance with program requirements.

Nursing Homes and Facilities

Assisted living facilities and board and care facilities may contain no fewer than five one‑bedroom or efficiency units. Nursing home, intermediate care, and board and care services may be combined in the same facility covered by an insured mortgage or may be in separate facilities. Major equipment needed to operate the facility may be included in the mortgage. Facilities for day care may be included.

Shelter plus Care (S+C)

This program provides rental assistance for homeless people with disabilities, primarily those with serious mental illness, chronic problems with alcohol and/or drugs, and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), and related diseases. Rental assistance grants must be matched in the aggregate by supportive services that are equal in value to the amount of rental assistance and appropriate to the needs of the population to be served. Recipients are chosen on a competitive basis nationwide.

Housing Choice Voucher Program

Eligibility for housing choice vouchers is limited to: (1) Very low-income families; (2) Low-income families previouslyState of Housing in Nebraska assisted under the public housing, Section 23, or Section 8 project-based housing programs; (3) Low-income families that are non-purchasing tenants of certain homeownership programs; (4) Low-income tenants displaced from certain Section 221 and 236 projects; or (5) Low-income families that meet PHA-specified eligibility criteria.

Homeownership Voucher Assistance

A public housing agency (PHA), at its option, may provide monthly assistance to families that have been admitted to the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program in accordance with HUD regulations, that meet certain criteria, and that are purchasing homes in an amount that would otherwise have been provided to that family as tenant-based voucher assistance.

Choice Neighborhoods

Choice Neighborhoods grants primarily fund the preservation, rehabilitation and transformation of public and HUD-assisted housing. Funds may also be used for the conversion of vacant or foreclosed properties to affordable housing.Grantees must undertake comprehensive local planning with input from residents and the community. A strong emphasis is placed on local community planning for school and educational improvements, including early childhood initiatives. Grantees shall create partnerships with other local organizations including assisted housing owners, service agencies and resident organizations.

Family Self-Sufficiency Program

The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program is administered by public housing agencies (PHAs) with the help of program coordinating committees (PCCs). The PCC usually consists of representatives of local government, employment and job training agencies, welfare agencies, nonprofit providers, local businesses, and assisted families.

Lead Hazard Control

This program promotes preventive measures to correct multiple safety and health hazards in the home environment. ItState of Housing in Nebraska addresses childhood lead-based paint poisoning and other childhood diseases associated with poor housing conditions such as exposure to moisture, mold, poor air quality, lead paint, residential application of pesticides, the presence of allergens, vermin, dust, and other substances that contribute to asthma, and hazardous conditions that increase the risk of injury.

The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing

The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA provides these services for participating Veterans at VA medical centers (VAMCs) and community-based outreach clinics.Generally, the HUD-VASH program is administered in accordance with regular HCV program requirements (24 CFR Section 982). However, the 2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act (Public Law 110-161) allows HUD to waive or specify alternative requirements for any provision of any statute or regulation affecting the HCV program in order to effectively deliver and administer HUD-VASH voucher assistance.

Eligibility

Income limits for public housing and vouchers change every year and are different in different parts of the state and for different sized families.

Income Limits for Subsidized Housing in Nebraska

------------------------------ 2013 ADJUSTED HOME INCOME LIMITS ------------------------------
1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 Person
14250
23800
28560
38050
16300
27200
32640
43450
18350
30600
36720
48900
20350
33950
40740
54300
22000
36700
44040
58650
23650
39400
47280
63000
25250
42100
50520
67350
26900
44850
53820
71700
16050
26750
32100
42800
18350
30600
36720
48900
20650
34400
41280
55000
22900
38200
45840
61100
24750
41300
49560
66000
26600
44350
53220
70900
28400
47400
56880
75800
30250
50450
60540
80700
15300
25450
30540
40750
17450
29100
34920
46550
19650
32750
39300
52350
21800
36350
43620
58150
23550
39300
47160
62850
25300
42200
50640
67500
27050
45100
54120
72150
28800
48000
57600
76800
15100
25150
30180
40250
17250
28750
34500
46000
19400
32350
38820
51750
21550
35900
43080
57450
23300
38800
46560
62050
25000
41650
49980
66650
26750
44550
53460
71250
28450
47400
56880
75850
12600
20950
25140
33500
14400
23950
28740
38300
16200
26950
32340
43100
17950
29900
35880
47850
19400
32300
38760
51700
20850
34700
41640
55550
22300
37100
44520
59350
23700
39500
47400
63200
12800
21350
25620
34100
14600
24400
29280
39000
16450
27450
32940
43850
18250
30450
36540
48700
19750
32900
39480
52600
21200
35350
42420
56500
22650
37800
45360
60400
24100
40200
48240
64300
12000
19950
23940
31950
13700
22800
27360
36500
15400
25650
30780
41050
17100
28500
34200
45600
18500
30800
36960
49250
19850
33100
39720
52900
21250
35350
42420
56550
22600
37650
45180
60200

To live in state assisted elderly public housing, you must be at least 60 years old. If you are a person with a disability, you must meet certain criteria to be eligible for state or federal housing for disabled persons.Tenants residing in elderly/handicapped public housing pay 30% of net income and do not pay for any utilities.Tenants residing in the family public housing development pay 30% of net income and pay for some utilities.

Tenants residing at our "off-site" family housing program pay 32% of net income and do not pay for any utilities. Applicants must also pass a criminal background check and may enjoy preferential status if they are:

  • Persons who are homeless due to natural disasters.
  • Persons who are homeless due to public action.
  • Persons with emergency needs (such as domestic violence victims, persons with medical emergencies, or homeless persons facing an immediate threat to their health and safety.
  • Veterans and local residents.

Unemployment Rate in Nebraska

The unemployment rate for Nebraska fell 0.0 percentage points in March 2013 to 3.8%. The state unemployment rate was 3.8 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. From a post peak low of 3.8% in November 2012, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points.

Unemployment RateMarch 2013Month/MonthYear/Year
National 7.6% -0.1 -0.6
Nebraska 3.8% 0.0 -0.1

The higher the unemployment rate, the longer the waiting list is. Nebraska’s unemployment rate is 3.8% lower than that of the national rate. This should have a positive effect on the waiting lists of housing agencies. Generally, however, the demand for housing and rent subsidy programs in Nebraska far exceeds the available supply of funds and there is an extensive waiting list.

Please ask your particular housing agency for details of the housing program you’re interested in.