Affordable Housing Project Under Consideration

Jan 30, 2020

(North Platte, NE)  --  An affordable housing project is under consideration in North Platte.  Dial Property Management is planning to build a 28-million-dollar apartment and commercial project at West A Street and Lakeview Boulevard.  Developers also requested Tax Increment Financing for the proposal.  North Platte planning commissioners approved the plan yesterday, and the matter will go before the city council next month.

Omaha Official Seeks Alternative Housing

Jan 9, 2020

An Omaha City Council member is looking for new ways to bring affordable housing to the community.  Council Member Ben Gray says he is researching using steel shipping containers as affordable housing for people with limited incomes.  The Fair Deal Market Village in north Omaha already uses the containers to house businesses. 


The Expanding Housing Choices forum will provide recommendations for missing "middle" housing and will focus on ever-changing housing needs due to an aging population and changes in market preferences.  Orange Splot, the featured presenter, is a housing development company that creates community-oriented, affordable and green housing.

Josie Schafer, Director of UNO Center for Public Affairs Research, and Jeff Spiehs, Community Relations Manager for MAPA, sit down with Mike Hogan to discuss the housing situation in the greater Omaha area.  While there is a looming problem with the lack of "middle" housing ($130k - $200k), they discuss the need for more multi-family housing units and communities, and how that problem can be solved.

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BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — An Air Force colonel says he and other officials are paying close attention to resident complaints about living conditions and repairs at off-base, privatized housing for personnel at Offutt Air Force Base just south of Omaha.

Col. Gavin Marks is commander of the 55th Wing at Offutt, and Tuesday he told residents at a town hall meeting at a Bellevue school that he's set up a new hotline to handle complaints.

Omaha Neighborhoods Grant

May 14, 2019

Omaha is one of three cities to be awarded a multi-million-dollar federal housing grant. The 25-million-dollar grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Choice Neighborhoods Initiative will be used on the North 30th Street Corridor.  Plans call for public housing to be redeveloped and surrounding neighborhoods to be revitalized.

Dr. Patrick Murray, Professor of Philosophy and John C. Kenefick Chair in Humanities, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to chat about the upcoming lecture that will explore the history of segregation of American’s housing during the 20th century.

Author Richard Rothstein, who is a leading authority on housing policy, will discuss how radical segregation was due to de jure segregation – the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments – that promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue even today.  He will also discuss his book, "The Color of Law: The Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America"

The event happens Monday, March 25, 2019 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm at Hixson-Lied Auditorium on the Creighton University campus.

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(Omaha, NE)  --  Discussions are underway to create a landlord registry in Omaha.  City officials gathered yesterday to discuss establishing a quality assurance program to help renters find landlords who provide secure and safe housing options.  The idea of a landlord registry stems from a mass inspection of an apartment complex near 34th and Lake last month that uncovered more than 25-hundred code violations.  Another committee meeting on the matter will take place later this month. 

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Officials say most of the Council Bluffs rental units inspected during the first week of a new city program had violations.

Douglas County Health Department focusing on smoke-free housing

Nov 20, 2012

The Douglas County Health Department wants 11,000 people to have access to smoke-free housing by the fall of 2014.


The city of Omaha is forming a task force to study solutions to problem landlords and poor rental housing.

Kevin Denker, Chief Housing Inspector for the city of Omaha, says his department has 4,000 active complaints they’re investigating. Some of those are multiple dwellings in one building. Denker says the Housing Division gets about 120 complaints a month. That number rises to 180 in the summer.