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City of Lexington Housing

lexington_location_map.jpgThe city of Lexington (pop. 10,118) has undergone major changes during the past 15 years, starting with the arrival of Tyson Foods (formerly Iowa Beef Packers) and other companies.

The influx of new companies has resulted in growing population along with a need for more affordable quality housing. Even before the growth spurt, houses in Lexington were deteriorating, to the critical point where dilapidated homes were outnumbering the good housing stock.
City of Lexington officials realized that action was needed and quick to reduce its supply of deteriorating homes.

In 2001, the city applied for and received $341,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to rehabilitate 12 homes with 51 percent being owned and occupied by very low-income wage earners and the remaining split among low- and moderate-income wage earners.

To accurately diagnose Lexington’s housing needs, officials conducted visual inspections and distributed a Community Attitude Survey.

Visual inspections led to the discovery of leaking and rotting window and door frames, leaky or inoperable faucets, sagging and rotting floors, rotten siding with peeling paint, electrical problems and roofs in bad need of repair. A handful of homes had outdated, inefficient and unsafe heating systems. Some houses didn’t have heating throughout the home.

Talent & Innovation Initiative (TI2)

One of the most important accomplishments of the 2011 legislative session was the passage of several bills focused on creating new momentum for developing and attracting businesses rooted in technology and innovation—Talent and Innovation Initiative. The Nebraska Department of Economic Development is in the early stages of implementation of the initiative and additional information on each program can be found here as it becomes available.

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