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(March 22, 2018)

Plans are underway to redevelop the Siena/Francis House campus, improving and expanding services to Omaha’s homeless population.

The Omaha Planning Board will consider an amendment to an existing redevelopment plan for the area between North 16th Street and North 18th Street, Nicholas Street to the Kellom Greenbelt, which includes the Siena/Francis House campus.  The amendment will be on the April agenda.

The plan includes demolition of the current day shelter at 1624 Nicholas, environmental remediation, site preparation and landscaping. The Redevelopment Plan also recognizes the likely future demolition and replacement of the current Siena/Francis House building when it reaches the end of its useful life.  The timeline for that phase of the project has not been determined.

 “This is an important step to provide services to our citizens who are homeless,” said Mayor Jean Stothert.  “Our goal must be to help people transition from homelessness to safe, affordable housing, employment and other services necessary for a successful future.  The financing for this project will be possible thanks to Heritage Services. We are grateful for their support.”

 “The Heritage Services Board of Directors approved Heritage Services moving forward in good faith to raise $15 million in funding to construct a new low barrier emergency shelter for the Siena/Francis House,” said Heritage Services President Sue Morris.  “This new approximately 43,000 square foot facility will lodge roughly 350 single men and 50-100 single women with dignity in a durable and safe space.”

The City will use redevelopment bonds up to $2.5 million for the demolition, site remediation and streetscaping.  The funding is currently allocated in the Capital Improvement Plan.

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