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HUD on the Road - Kearney and Grand Island, NE

HUD on the Road Map

[FOD Amaya and Alyssa Heagy - Executive Director - Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity touring on of the two- and three-bedroom Habitat for Humanity Homes available to income qualifying community members.]
FOD Amaya and Alyssa Heagy - Executive Director - Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity touring on of the two- and three-bedroom Habitat for Humanity Homes available to income qualifying community members.

Nebraska Field Office Director (FOD) Kitty A. Amaya and staff work toward ensuring the adequate production of housing to meet the demands for new and affordable housing opportunities in Nebraska. In relaying enhanced messaging regarding HUD's programs, the field office helps to cultivate the ideas and resources necessary to spur the production and supply of housing across the state. Along with Program Analyst Andrew Burgin-Anton, FOD Amaya has amplified the unique housing supply successes in the cities of Kearney and Grand Island, while also connecting local leadership to HUD tools and resources available to help preserve and produce affordable housing and promote rental assistance programs.

FOD Amaya and staff met with many stakeholders, including local public housing authorities, city planning and administrator staff, economic development corporations, Continuum of Care participants, chambers of commerce, Habitat for Humanity, and homeless shelters. The conversations in these meetings helped to reinforce the need for all stakeholders to collaborate in the removal of barriers to creating and preserving affordable housing. The collaboration with these stakeholders is ongoing, with follow-up meetings planned to bring everyone back together and uplift the affordable housing strategies already taking place, such as employer-assisted housing. Many leaders showed a keen interest in exploring options like employer-assisted and manufactured housing, especially since there are local manufacturers in places like Grand Island, NE.

These community meetings are the beginning of an ongoing conversation about collaborative efforts at the local level to meet specific community needs. “I was proud, but not surprised to learn that our grant partners and stakeholders were so grateful for the technical assistance that the Omaha Field Office staff in PIH and CPD provides,” said FOD Amaya. “There are also many valued relationships formed that have resulted in better program dynamics and overall understanding of HUD expectations and grant deliverable strategies. Big handclaps to Omaha Field Office Brenda, Chelsea, Teri, and LaNundra!”

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