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 initial affordable housing assessment focused on the local landscape through the lens of seven key issues across Douglas County, Sarpy County, and the City of Council Bluffs. The recommended initiatives for creating change in the region are available for download below.

Case Studies for Recommended Initiatives (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.