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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

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.

Diana Rizzo was welcomed as a new Housing Board member.

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.

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.

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 Housing Agency.  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 Development Corporation.

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 property at 303 South Hickory Avenue is a purchase/rehab home expected to be closed on next week. This home will be purchased with Housing Development Corporation funds. The Upper Level Rehab grant through the City has one complete unit with several others in the works. All six units need to be complete by November 2015. There continues to be interest in the upper level apartments in the downtown with possibility of 15 more in the future if funds are awarded. With the City re-use funds there is the potential to rehab another 7 to 14 homes in the next 2 years owned by income qualified households.

Discussion was held on the possible  purchase/development of five lots on Oak Street that are owned by the City of Norfolk. The City has $87,046 invested in water, sewer, and paving costs for both sides of the street. The City is asking for a proposal for these 5 lots. The board suggested pursuing several proposals and add that projections over time of what the City would receive in property taxes over time.  Another idea was to add on $5,000 per house with a Memo of Understanding that if the owner ever sells the house they would pay that $5,000 back to the City. Negotiations with the City of Norfolk are being pursued to purchase the five lots on Oak Street for up to $10,000 maximum for all lots total.

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