Build Nebraska Housing Policy Summit

Sponsor:
Nebraska Housing Developers Association
Topics:
Planning & Growth, Stakeholder Summit
Location:
Lincoln, Nebraska
Date:
August 2009
Participants:
80

Housing Experts Unite

To address and prioritize the housing policies and needs for the state of Nebraska, the Nebraska Housing Developers Association held the 2009 Build Nebraska Housing Policy Summit in Lincoln, Nebraska on August 4.

Over eighty housing and economic development experts participated in this AmericaSpeaks 21st Century Summit. During the day long forum participants developed new ideas to improve policies and deliberated on themes presented by the meetings organizers. AmericaSpeaks facilitated and produced the Summit.

The professionals who participated in the Housing Policy Summit were fully engaged and actively looking for ways to advance housing policy for their state. They worked in small groups with the help of trained table facilitators to review existing policies and generate new ideas. The Summit’s main objectives were:

  • Building connections with peers and colleagues working to advance citizen’s housing needs
  • Identifying priorities and use of resources
  • Building on previous policies from 2008 events, developing strategies to influence policy priorities
  • Identifying future opportunities

Commitment For Change

Participants provided helpful feedback for current policies, made commitments to fund new green housing, particularly in rural areas and reviewed rental policies paying close attention to low income, the elderly and persons with special needs. Participants left the Summit with a positive attitude and hope for the future. By the end of the day the participants had drafted a vision for the future that was supported by 87% the participants. The Nebraska Housing Developers Associations plans to communicate regularly with the group and will provide periodic updates to the participants.

Participants’ Vision Statement

A variety of housing options meet a wide range of housing needs as a result of citizen-led efforts that have engaged a broad cross section of people.  Housing is sustainable, energy efficient, and part of a mixed use communities.

Local and state level planning and decision making recognize the role housing plays as it relates to economic development, job creation, health care, utility cost, the environment, transportation, and other areas that comprise the good life.

Dilapidated, substandard, and vacant housing has been replaced by housing that is sustainable.  The investment of public funds to assist people to obtain appropriate housing is coupled with education that aids the consumer in making informed housing choices.  People with special needs have suitable housing and appropriate support services.