Nebraska Commission on Housing and Homelessness
The Nebraska Interagency Council on the Homeless was established on September 21, 1994 by Governor Nelson with Executive Order 94-6
The original Council was composed of approximately 30 members representing the Nebraska Crime Commission; State Departments of Agriculture, Corrections, Economic Development, Education, Health, Labor, Public Institutions, Social Services and Veterans Affairs; homeless shelter and assistance providers; community organizations; Federal, State and local agencies; advocacy groups, business and industry.
The Council was charged to:
· Focus attention on and increase awareness of the needs of homeless families and persons in Nebraska;
· Encourage continuity, coordination and cooperation among state agencies and homeless service providers;
· Coordinate the development of a statewide comprehensive plan that established a method of periodically counting the number and types of homeless and near-homeless people and the causes of homelessness; provided an inventory of agencies and service providers; and established common terms and definitions for the purposes of data-gathering and program descriptions.
· Serve as an advisory body to the Governor on issues of homelessness.
On May 13, 1998, Executive Order 98-4 consolidated the Nebraska Affordable Housing Commission, the Nebraska Interagency Council on the Homeless, and the Affordable Housing Trust Fund Advisory Committee in order to provide for efficiencies in the manner in which these issues were addressed in Nebraska.
The combined commission is called the Nebraska Commission on Housing and Homelessness (NCHH) and is composed of 21 members appointed by the Governor as well as at-large non-voting members representing interests of each prior commission, council, or committee.
The objective of the Nebraska Commission on Housing and Homelessness is to develop ongoing, specific policies and program recommendations for the Governor that address affordable housing and homelessness/at risk of homelessness issues.
Issues include identifying and monitoring the implementation of:
Models of community-based affordable housing production and homeless/near-homeless programs;
Progressive housing and homelessness/near-homelessness policies, plans and courses of action; and
Continuum of Care-based models that provide supportive services for persons who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
NCHH STANDING COMMITTEES:
Policy & Issues Committee
Education & Awareness Committee