Officials seek more responses for housing survey

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Officials in Grand Island are asking for your input in their latest housing study.

The Grand Island Area Economic Development Corporation is working on a survey to determine housing needs in the area for 2020 to 2025.

They said they hope input from residents will help them identify population growth and needs based on that projected number.

"Our population is so diverse, and we love our diversity, that we need to include all aspects of our community," said Mary Berlie, vice president of the GIAEDC. "Every socioeconomic status, every different neighborhood all have different needs. We need to take all of those into consideration as we develop a plan moving forward."

The survey will also help them figure out what new housing developments should look like, and where they should be.

Their 2014 housing study identified that Grand Island needed an additional 1,700 homes, both single family detached as well as multi-family units. Berlie said they've built 925 so far.

She said workhouse housing is a major issue in Grand Island, and in the rest of the state.

"They need an affordable place to live that doesn't consume all of their disposable income. That disposable income then allows them to put money back into the community. It's doing those fun things in the community that keep them here and employed with our employers," Berlie said.

A new analysis officials said they're also hoping to find from the survey is impediments in Grand Island.

Amber Alvidrez, community development administrator for the city, said she's expecting to see the amount of housing needed for vulnerable populations. This included minorities, low-income families and people with disabilities.

The survey will be open until February 20.

You can find it here: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07efyxaz33jq6t3dj5/a01k2jrtxme3o/questions

It's also posted on GIAEDC's Facebook page.