Frequently Asked questions (FAQ)

Question
I’m considering buying a home and I am wondering if you have any down-payment assistance available?
Answer:
The department does not directly assist individuals with down-payment assistance, but we do finance homebuyer programs across the state through local governments, non-profits and public housing agencies.  Please email Bob Doty at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject “homebuyer assistance” and include the community in which you are interested in purchasing a home.  You will receive a response from a DED housing specialist on whether there are any available programs in that area.

Question:
I am moving and looking for an apartment or house to rent, do you have anything available?
Answer:
There is a statewide listing of available apartments and houses for rent at www.housing.ne.gov.  The list is not limited to rental housing that is income-restricted.  The list is updated every two weeks and includes advanced search functions such as handicapped accessibility features, rent assistance availability and rent ranges that you will consider.  The department does not own and operate rental units.

Question:
Do you have any grants for home improvements?
Answer:
The department does not directly assist individuals with funds for home improvements, but we do finance homeowner rehabilitation programs across the state through local governments, non-profits and public housing agencies.  Please email Bob Doty at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject “homeowner rehab assistance” and include the community or county where your home is located.  You will receive a response from a DED housing specialist on whether there are any available programs in your area.

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