To Champion Affordable Housing
The Nebraska Housing Developers Association is a premier housing organization that effectively influences policies that impact housing development and leads statewide advocacy efforts. The Association is sustainable with a variety of funding sources both public and private. The Association fosters an environment that encourages interaction and communication with the General Membership and accurately reflects the diversity of our membership and the people the Association serves.
History of our organization:
February 28, 1996 - Linda Anderson elected as Interim Chair of the Nebraska Association of Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs).
March 8, 1996 – First membership dues deposited from Blue Valley Community Action, Southeast Nebraska Community Action, and Wayne Community Housing Development Corporation. They were followed by Central Nebraska Community Services, Elkhorn Valley CDC, Goldenrod Hills Community Services, Chadron CDC, Indian Center, Inc., Mid-Nebraska Community Action, Panhandle Community Services, and Scottsbluff/Gering/Terrytown Community Development Coalition for a total of 11 members.
April 12, 1996 - Articles of Incorporation were filed with Nebraska Secretary of State’s office. Linda Addison (formerly Kaslon), Steve Beadle and Linda Anderson were incorporators.
April 16 & 17, 1996 – Housing Technical Assistance Summit convened to address the technical assistance needs of Nebraska’s Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs). The summit was sponsored by Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) and the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority (NIFA).
July 11, 1996 – Bylaws adopted. Membership elects Tim Rutledge as Chair and Linda Anderson as Vice Chair. Two membership categories are created - Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs) and Housing Partners. The organizations of Blue Valley Community Action, Central Nebraska Community Services, Elkhorn Valley CDC, Goldenrod Hills Community Services, Indian Center, Inc., Lincoln County CDC, Mid-Nebraska Community Action, Panhandle Community Services, Wayne Community HDC are represented at the meeting. Nebraska Investment Finance Authority is also represented.
August 20 & 21, 1996 – NIFA staff, Steve Krajewski and Sheryl Hiatt, facilitate a strategic planning retreat.The organizations of Blue Valley Community Action, Central Nebraska Community Services, Chadron CDC, Elkhorn Valley CDC, Goldenrod Hills Community Services, Indian Center, Inc., Lincoln County CDC, Mid-Nebraska Community Services, Panhandle Community Services, Scottsbluff/Gering/Terrytown Community Development Coalition, Southeast Nebraska Community Action Council, Inc., and Wayne Community HDC participate.
September 5, 1996 – Equity Fund of Nebraska (now part of Midwest Housing Equity Group) becomes the first Housing Partner member, Followed by Hanna:Keelan Associates, Nebraska Department of Economic Development and Nebraska Investment Finance Authority.
September through December, 1996 – Burt & Washington County CHDO and Native Council on Economic & Community Development join the organization. By the end of 1996 there are 13 CHDO members and 4 Housing Partners.
March 18, 1997 - IRS 501 (c) (3) letter is received confirming tax-exempt status with advance ruling period beginning April 12, 1996.
September 22, 1997 – First employee is hired: Danielle Hill, Executive Director.
July 22, 2002 – Name is officially changed from Nebraska Association of CHDOs to Nebraska Housing Developers Association. Two membership categories remain, but one is expanded from the former definition of only CHDOs to non-profit organizations that have as part of their mission to develop affordable housing and Housing Partners. Board structure is changed, previously only CHDO members had a designated representative serving on the Board of Directors. There were 23 Board Members. This changed to 15 Board Members, 1/3 CHDOs; 1/3 Non-profit; 1/3 Housing Partner.
August 15 & 16, 2006 - Association celebrates its tenth year anniversary.
May 22, 2008 - Association changes board structure to stagger terms, downsize from 15 to 11 Board Members and require that a minimum of three (3) Board Members represent the non-profit housing developer membership category.
We were founded out of a need to raise awareness for voices not heard. We have continued to make a difference with the help of our donors and volunteers who make our mission possible. Through all these years our purpose remains the same: advocate change through action.