NEBRASKA FAIR HOUSING CONFERENCE April 7, 2016,
Qualifies for six (6) basic credits of Realtor
Salesperson and Broker CE (#0876R) and for six (6)
credits of State of Nebraska CLE
(NSBA Activity #114513).
REGISTER HERE FOR NORTHEAST NEBRASKA FAIR HOUSING
CONFERENCE APRIL 7, 2016
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
Increase of HUD Funds to Norfolk for 2016.
Discussion was held on
election of officers for the Housing Agency Board
and Housing Development Corporation Board. The
election of officers is necessary because of the
resignation of the board member that was serving as
the Chairman. This election will fill the current
fiscal year and re-election will be held in January
2016. Elected was Tom
Higginbotham, Chairman; Thad Murren, Vice Chair; and
Juanita Ramirez, Secretary/Treasurer.
Carol Svendsen was
welcomed as a new Housing Board member.
Diana Rizzo was
welcomed as a new Housing Board member.
The Norfolk Housing
Agency put together an annual plan identifying its
mission, goals and objectives for its annual
submittal to HUD. The Civil Rights Certification is
also sent into HUD.
There has been discussion on the $500,000 the
City has received from Meadow Ridge Partners. A
re-use plan is being written by NENEDD on how the
HOMEfunds will be used. Chairman Higginbotham has
had contact with DED on the process. A sub-recipient
agreement is being worked on between the City and
the Norfolk Housing Agency allowing the Housing
Agency to use the funds for housing development
activities. It is hoped the full $500,000 will be
given to the Norfolk Housing Agency to use at its
discretion under the re-use plan guidelines.
An application has been
submitted for funding of $25,000 through NIFA to be
used for the Housing Market Study. The funds of
$24,000 have been budgeted in the City budget for
fiscal year 2015-16. The application for NIFA funds
was just submitted before deadline of June 26, 2015.
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.
Discussion was held on pursuing the dissolving of
the Housing Development Corporation so that homes
built/rehabbed/purchased could then be sold to
homeowners that are 80% income or less.
The funds would be transferred to the Norfolk
The General Partner would be replaced by the
Housing Agency as GP.
The City Attorney will assist with the
agreements and legalities regarding this change. The
Housing Board encouraged the staff to continue to
explore the option of dissolving the Housing
The Housing Division
purchased an AED and did training on how to use the
AED and proper placement of the cabinet in the
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.