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Ground breaking held on housing development for people with disabilities

November 17, 2018

SIDNEY — Sidney officials and officials with the Sidney Housing Authority broke ground on a new option for accessible housing in the community recently.

According to a press release, the Sidney Housing Authority determined that people with disabilities sometimes struggle to find housing within the community. Funded in partnership between the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED), the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority and Midwest Housing Equity Group, the Canterbury Estates housing development will provide 10 new one- and two-bedroom apartment units on Canterbury Lane, designed for persons with disabilities in mind.

The Housing Authority successfully accessed federal funding, administered through the State of Nebraska, to assist with the project. With initial construction bids coming in higher than anticipated, developer Canterbury Estates and Housing Authority officials worked with partners to secure added funds through the National Housing Trust Fund (HTF) and the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit.

HTF — a federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program administered on behalf of Nebraska by DED — is available to Nebraska nonprofit organizations and public housing authorities to provide housing for low-income individuals and families.

“The National Housing Trust Fund is a federal resource administered by DED to help communities provide quality housing for at-need populations,” said DED Director Dave Rippe. “We commend Sidney for successfully leveraging the program to create new, accessible housing options in their area.” Sidney Housing Authority was awarded a total of $600,000 in HTF funds to complete the Canterbury Estates project.

In accordance with HUD guidelines, four of the 10 households served by the new development will be at or below 30 percent of Cheyenne County’s Area Median Income (AMI) of $15,850 for a family of one and $18,100 for a family of two. The remaining six households will be at or below 50-60 percent of the AMI, or roughly $26,400 for a family of one and $30,150 for a family of two. Housing Choice Vouchers or Section 8 will provide rental assistance for income-qualified households. Security First Bank in Sidney is providing a construction loan of $1,212,000 as a local partner in this venture.

The prime property will feature three buildings — a duplex and two four-plex units. People with disabilities may have problems breathing, walking, working or performing other tasks. The one-level apartments have been designed for as-needed wheelchair access, and can be modified to facilitate hearing or sight impairments. Each apartment will feature a stove, refrigerator, microwave and washer-dryer combo. A deluxe roll-in shower, xeriscape landscape, built-in community gardens and off-street parking will round out the project. All utilities will be included in the affordable rent. Section 8 vouchers will be available for all tenants.

“We are excited that Sidney Housing Authority was able to utilize both the federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit and the Nebraska Affordable Housing Tax Credit administered by NIFA”, said Tim Kenny, NIFA’s Executive Director. “Sidney Housing Authority should be applauded for recognizing the needs in their community and providing housing for those with disabilities.”

Additional perks of living at Canterbury Estates will include owner-paid renter’s insurance, prepaid Sidney Stage Coach vouchers and weekly trash roll-out assistance.

During a groundbreaking ceremony on Nov. 15, featured attendees and speakers included Sidney Mayor Joe Arterburn; Tamara Nelsen, Sidney Housing Authority Board Chair; Scotts McDaniel, Canterbury Estates, LLC Board President; Nancy Bentley, Executive Director, Sidney Housing Authority; and Clem Schmaucher, Vice-President, Security First State Bank.

For more information, or to be placed on the waiting list for the new apartments, please contact Nancy Bentley or Cindi Taylor at 308-254-3670. Note that there is no requirement to demonstrate disability income as proof of disability status.

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