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Housing News

Landlords interested in being a landlord with the Housing Choice Voucher (formerly known as Section 8) program can review five reasons to accept Housing Choice Vouchers and call Julie Drahota, Housing Program Manager, Norfolk Housing Agency  Phone: 402-844-2080.

Landlords can list available units at no cost

The Development Corporation could possibly be disbanded and the funds given to the Norfolk Housing Agency. This would allow the Norfolk Housing Agency to work with 80% low income or less. The Executive Director will inquire what it will cost to buy out Meadow Ridge Estates after 11 years and the debt against the building. Also, 4,000 lbs. of ground up rubber for the playground at Meadow Ridge Estates.

The Housing Division purchased an AED and did training on how to use the AED and proper placement of the cabinet in the office.

Staff met with Enterprise Social Investment Corporation for the annual file and site review of Meadow Ridge Estates.

The Nebraska Chapter of NAHRO 2014 Conference was held at the Divots Conference Center on September 16, 17, and 18. There were 123 registered attendees from across the state.

In recent months Housing Choice Vouchers for rental assistance have been issued to several families searching for housing in the community of Norfolk. Families are searching for new residences or leasing in their current residence using rental assistance as rental units are limited at this time.

There has been discussion of possible expansion of the jurisdiction for the Housing Choice Voucher program. There is a housing shortage in Norfolk and families with vouchers are not finding homes or apartments to rent. Currently we can assist clients in a 5-mile jurisdiction around the City of Norfolk. Potentially, expanding to a 10-mile jurisdiction could provide more available housing.

Current Projects and Information

The Housing Director and Housing Coordinator have been working with the Kensington staff in remodeling unused space in the Kensington into apartments. Included in this is an old office area, the past board room and the Kensington Ballroom. News Article

Potential ideas for future housing development activities are build homes on vacant lots within the City limits; purchase dilapidated homes, remove them and build new homes; purchase/rehab/resale of dilapidated homes in the City of Norfolk.

Housing staff are working with NENEDD and other City Staff on past grants for fair housing compliance as well as an application for a housing study grant.

Housing staff are looking into possibly building 10 single family dwellings on scattered sites in Norfolk through a Low Income Housing Tax Credit Application.

The Housing Coordinator continues to work with some downtown business owners who are participating in the 2nd story rental rehabilitation grant. One of the owners is 85% complete with his apartment. The other 2 owners are getting bids for the remaining 6 apartments to be started. There will be a total of 7 upper level downtown apartments when all rehabilitation is complete.


Quick Links

Norfolk Development Division /
Norfolk Housing Agency
110 North 4th St
Norfolk Nebraska 68701
Phone: 402-844-2080
Fax: 402-644-2587
Gary Hilkemann - Executive Director
Julie Drahota - Housing Program Manager
Open to the public five days a week (except holidays).
Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
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Housing Market Study 2010 - 2014

The Housing Agency is now purchasing goods and services via an online procurement system