Tearing Down and Rebuilding Blighted Homes In Omaha

They are scattered across the city of Omaha, blighted homes.

Ella Willis lives in North Omaha, and has been working for years to see a change when it comes to abandoned and problem homes.
Standing in front of two blighted homes on 14th street, Willis said, "This is an eyesore for people who are coming into North Omaha."

Willis represents the neighborhood association Action & Facts.

Fortunately in front of the two homes on 14th street is a sign for change.

"Habitat for humanity through our partnership, helps tear down the houses and then what we do is build a new house in it's place," Amanda Brewer, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha.

Through a public, private partnership, the City of Omaha has granted Habitat for Humanity 100 thousand dollars to tear down and rebuild these homes.

These type of homes create problems said Brewer, "It creates crime in the neighborhood, it is not safe, children don't feel comfortable going outside, because who knows what is going on in that house."

Throughout Omaha more than 2200 homes are unsafe and unsuitable for living and more than 700 homes on Omaha's demolition list. Most of these homes are located in North Omaha and South Omaha.

Habitat for Humanity workers said if someone has info regarding a blighted property they can call 402-457-5657.

Willis urges everyone to take part in bettering their community.

"Take pride. You don't have to move to live in a better neighborhood," said Willis.

Since 2011, Habitat for Humanity has completed 80 demolitions and plan to do an additional 50 more in 2014. The average cost to demolish a house is 10 thousand dollars.

Action and Fast will have a neighborhood association meeting on March 8th 2014 at noon on 3802 North 24th Street.


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