By DaVonte McKenith, Reporter/Weekend Producer - bio | email
Authorities in North Platte say low income housing is seeing a stall in development. Only 250 units are considered to be public housing in North Platte, and that is not much compared to the close to 30,000 people that live there.
Officials go further to report that about one-third of housing in North Platte is over 60 years old. And specifically in the low-income housing, there has not been any new development since the 1960's.
City officials are working on a strategic plan to increase those numbers, but say they are happy with the way low-income housing is currently arranged.
"You don't have one red lined area; an area that is isolated. That can be detrimental. If you have everything in one part of town, that is all low-income housing, that can delay development," said Nancy Striebel, executive director for Lincoln County Community Development Corporation.
Furthermore, the fact that low-income housing is spread throughout the area, helps with funding for affordable housing.
Authorities also mentioned that there are rehab programs in North Platte that are designed to work on homes that are in the 50 to 60 years old range.