Grand Island housing needs revealed through study

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - In Grand Island, the results of a housing study were released to the public at a housing summit Wednesday.

A study of the housing needs in Grand Island show there is a big demand for housing of all price points. (KSNB)

The data was gathered through surveys and listening sessions. It found that over half of the 760 people who took the surveys want to change their housing situation in the next five years. But for many renters there is a lack of affordable rental units. The consultant said there is a demand for 1300 new and rehabilitated housing units possible.

“We decided to make the decision to put those into different price points to put them into different income categories to create a very comprehensive approach to determining what the housing demand, target demand was in the community of Grand Island,” Hanna Keelan Associates Principal Partner Tim Keelan said.

The results also show there is a need for workforce and affordable housing, as well as many places where rehabilitation could lead to more living opportunities. The Economic Development Corporation said there is some interest in reviving old buildings to give them new life.

“Housing is oftentimes one of the top three concerns for our new businesses. Where are their people going to live and then what are they going to do after work and so housing is always on the forefront of the EDC's mind,” Executive Vice President Mary Berlie said.

Part of the study was to create a five year plan on how to meet the housing demand. It includes a fair housing advisory group and to promote already available affordable housing.