In 2019-2020, a collaborative comprised of nine local foundations partnered with Development Strategies, a research firm based in St. Louis, Missouri, to explore affordable housing across the Omaha metro area and Council Bluffs. While the purpose of the study was to gather data that would guide philanthropic leaders in a strategic investment, the information gained provided valuable insight for the broader community regarding the need for affordable housing.

The study below highlights seven key issues across the focus area (Douglas County, Sarpy County, and the City of Council Bluffs). After reading this study, you may be interested in reading the follow-up report of recommended initiatives for creating change in the affordable housing landscape of Omaha/Council Bluffs.

Assessment of Housing Affordability, Needs, & Priorities (PDF)

Study funding provided by The Sherwood Foundation, Omaha Community Foundation, Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation, Lozier Foundation, Mutual of Omaha Foundation, William and Ruth Scott Foundation, Peter Kiewit Foundation, Dorothy B Davis Family Foundation, and Iowa West Foundation.