Investments provide case management, education, and supportive services for access to safe, affordable housing options for area low-income residents.
Displacement of vulnerable residents resulting from redevelopment serves as inCOMMON’s primary motivation for the recent acquisition of the Bristol Apartments. Sullivan (2014) shows that particular populations, including low-income, elderly, disabled, and those without rent-stabilized apartments, are the most vulnerable to displacement.
The Fair Housing Center of NE-IA provides outreach and education, negotiations and advocacy on behalf of persons of all protected classes under Federal, State and local laws who are unable or uncomfortable to advocate for themselves and cannot afford to lose their homes. These services are provided to eliminate housing barriers to persons in Nebraska and western Iowa with a focus on issues facing new immigrant populations, especially individuals and families with limited or no English skills, the disabled and returning veterans.
The First Stop Program at Together helps extremely low income (30% or less than the area median income) and literally homeless individuals/families living in Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawatomie counties with case management, financial assistance, navigation/referral support and food pantry.
The Homeownership Education Program was established because the “American Dream” of homeownership is crossing economic boundaries to include low- to- moderate income individuals and families. In Omaha, first generation homeowners and the working poor have homeownership opportunities made available to them by the City of Omaha and nonprofit developers. With the opportunity of transitioning from renter to homeowner, also comes the responsibility of understanding the process and sustainability of homeownership. The program services also provide those educational tools to make the successful transition from renter to homeowner. The program services also provides the education and the client preparation that will be needed for each step of the home buying process; from understanding the mortgage process and lending terms, to housing inspections, budgeting, and home maintenance.
Siena/Francis House Homeless Shelter serves as an entry point for homeless individuals and families to connect to community resources to access housing. Once their basic needs are met, Siena/Francis House case managers assess barriers to housing and develop a plan to address those barriers through the Rehousing and Reintegration Services Program (also known in-house as Day Services).
The Tenant Services Program works with families and individuals to increase their financial capabilities as they cope effectively through housing crises on their way to greater housing stability. Outcome results measure improvements over time in housing stability, basic financial capabilities, realistic budgeting, achieving affordable housing, second-chance tenancy, decrease school mobility for students, and greater capacity to avoid future crises through comprehensive rental counseling to provide encouragement, facilitate fiscal empowerment, and greater self-confidence in personal household finances. Our program uses intensive housing case management, rental counseling, financial coaching, and client-inspired goal-setting to help promote and achieve personal financial success.