The effort to build more workforce housing in rural Nebraska is getting a $12 million boost.
Tim Kenny, NIFA executive director, says the money will help smaller communities cover some costs of building projects.
“Affordable housing is where good jobs spend the night. If you don’t have affordable housing, good jobs can’t live there,” Kenny tells Nebraska Radio Network. “What we want to do is to make affordable housing for both low-income and workforce families available in the community, so the community can grow.”
Kenny says the money will go through community nonprofits, not directly to developers.
He says that means strong community buy-in is necessary.
“That’s the key ingredient to starting a culture of reinvestment of housing in your community,” Kenny explains.
So far, there’s a lot of interest from communities.
“There’s $7 million in the state fund. There’s $5 million in the NIFA fund,” Kenny says. “We have over 200 communities in the State of Nebraska who could be eligible, so I think time is of the essence.”
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:38]