Habitat Omaha Stories

From volunteering and donating to purchasing homes, shopping at Omaha’s Habitat ReStore and so much more, people partner with Habitat for Humanity of Omaha in a variety of ways. It’s these people who shape Habitat Omaha and help us as we strive to achieve our vision, “a world where everyone has a decent place to live”. Learn more about Habitat Omaha and find out how you can get involved by reading their stories.

City Council Rental Housing Safety Proposals Update

City Council Rental Housing Safety Proposals Update

Hundreds of people attended the March 12 City Council hearing on rental housing safety proposals. After four hours of testimony, it remains indisputable that Omaha is facing a housing crisis with dire consequences for the strength and health of our city.

Keep Your Home Warm and Cozy This Winter

Keep Your Home Warm and Cozy This Winter

Omaha has gotten more than its fair share of freezing temps, snow, and ice this winter. Our home improvement team assembled some simple tips to help you keep your home cozy until signs of spring emerge.

Taking Action for Quality, Affordable Housing

Taking Action for Quality, Affordable Housing

Habitat Omaha submitted testimony in support of Legislative Bill 163 which would help increase affordable housing by providing benefits to housing developers for voluntarily restricting rent on a small percentage of units in multi-family rental residential projects, thereby adding more affordable homes to our city’s housing market.

Paying it Forward

Paying it Forward

“Every time I needed help with something about my house, staff checked for me and told me how to do it, who to contact, and gave me a phone number,” Saw Khu Soe says. “So I try to help others.” Saw Khu Soe hopes to support others the way that Habitat Omaha staff supported him throughout his homeownership journey.

Take Action to Support Rental Inspections

Take Action to Support Rental Inspections

LB85 would provide for a rental housing inspection program — a huge step for ensuring rental properties are safe and adequately maintained. Please take a few minutes today to speak up for safe, affordable housing by asking your senator to support LB85.

Advocating for Safe, Affordable Housing

Advocating for Safe, Affordable Housing

This week, Habitat Omaha submitted testimony in support of Legislative Bill 85 to implement a rental property registration system and inspection law in Omaha and Lincoln. This proposal would help ensure the safety and adequate maintenance of rental properties, allowing more Omaha families to experience security and stability in their homes.

A Shared Purpose

A Shared Purpose

Alex Smith always enjoyed following her dad around and offering help. She found maintenance work interesting, which is why she agreed to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia. “I originally thought, ‘what in the world can I do that’s going to impact or help?’” Smith says. …

Little Claps of Thunder

Little Claps of Thunder

It was those little things – the experiences, interactions and smiles – that made the overall trip a glorious experience. Those seemingly small moments that touch your heart and soul, reminding you to take in every experience, sight and sound. My dad was right when he called them “little claps of thunder.”

Beyond the Blueprints: Meet Melanie

Beyond the Blueprints: Meet Melanie

“Every day I help people build their home and make it their own,” says Melanie Boone, an interior designer. Boone wanted to go beyond seeing blueprints and floorplans; she wanted to see how houses are built. Her interest in the construction process is what brought Boone to Habitat for Humanity of Omaha.

2018: A Memorable Year

2018: A Memorable Year

In the past three weeks alone we’ve dedicated 14 Habitat Omaha homes. Gathering together, we blessed the houses, handing over keys to first-time homeowners who inspire us with their dedication to creating a brighter future for themselves and a stronger community for us all.