State of Nebraska Seeks Public Involvement during Strategic Planning Process

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED), in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), will host a series of public input meetings starting January 30, 2020, relating to federal resources received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The purpose of these events will be to provide information and gather public opinion regarding three plans currently being developed by the State of Nebraska: the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan; the 2020 Annual Action Plan; and the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice.

These three documents use collected data to identify and analyze needs relating to housing, public facilities, economic development, infrastructure and public services, as well as impediments to fair house choice. The State will also identify strategies to best address these needs and impediments.

The State is seeking as much public engagement and input as possible to inform its decisions throughout the planning process. Every citizen is therefore encouraged to attend one of the meetings or webinars listed below to obtain information and provide their feedback.

  • January 30, 2020, Bennett Martin Public Library (Lincoln, NE)

o   10:30 a.m. | 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan

o     2:30 p.m. | Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice

  • February 6, 2020, Webinar

o   10:30 a.m. | 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan

o     2:30 p.m. | Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice

  • February 13, 2020, Webinar

o   10:30 a.m. | 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan

o     2:30 p.m. | Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice

More information on the public input sessions can be found here:  https://opportunity.nebraska.gov/2020-2024/.

Additionally, the State continues to request the public’s participation in completing two online surveys related to these same topics. Those willing to participate can take one or both surveys.

The first survey determines how federal and state funding should be invested over the next five years to meet the needs of Nebraskans in the best way possible through housing, community/public facilities, economic development, infrastructure and public services. To complete this survey, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019NebraskaHCDSurvey.

The second survey asks about impediments to fair housing choice because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability or familial status. The survey will help the State eliminate barriers to fair housing choice. To complete this survey, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019NebraskaFHSurvey.

Please take advantage of this opportunity to participate in the decision-making process. Your experiences and opinions about the needs and fair housing concerns of Nebraskans are valuable.