NeighborWorks Lincoln

Street Address:
2240 Q Street
Lincoln, NE 68503

Phone: 402-477-7181
Fax: 402-477-7406

Michael A. Renken, CEO

Contact Name: Michael A Renken
Phone: 402-477-7181
Fax: 402-477-7406

Staff Size: Full Time: 9 

The organization now known as NeighborWorks®Lincoln was founded in 1986. Core services includes: Homebuyer Education: Free classes held monthly covering topics such as evaluating your finances, evaluating a home, understanding financial paperwork, and the responsibilities of homeownership. Available in Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian and other languages as needed. Mortgage Assistance/Home Rehab: Down payment assistance programs and special financing for housing rehabilitation are offered to qualifying homebuyers. Problem Property Program: Run-down properties are bought, improved, and sold to qualifying first-time homebuyers. Special Projects include: Expansion Activities: Landscaping, new neighborhoods targeted for revitalization. Activities designed to increase homeownership and community pride in Lincoln's central neighborhoods with activities such as a free home improvement classes, continuing education for Realtors.

NeighborWorks Lincoln keeps Lincoln a safe and prosperous community by revitalizing neighborhoods and promoting homeownership.

Total Operating Expense (9/30/2009): $1,574,249

Lines of Business
  • Community Building and Organizing

  • Home Ownership Promotion Services

  • Real Estate Development

  • National NeighborWorks ® Programs
  • National Homeownership Programs
  • NeighborWorks Community Building and Organizing

  • Accomplishments in FY 2009
  • Provided 210 families with pre- and post- purchase housing counseling.
  • Rehabilitated or repaired 48 rental or owner occupied units (1-4 units).
  • Assisted 73 families in purchasing a home through homeownership counseling, downpayment, closing cost or financing assistance.
  • Owned or managed 34 rental units.
  • Invested $551,796 in the community through Neighborhoods Inc.'s revolving loan fund, which leveraged $11,238,679 from conventional lenders and other sources.
  • Total direct investment in the community is $11,790,475.

  • Additional Accomplishments
    Date Additional Accomplishment
    9/9/2005 206 families completed Homebuyer Education classes and 150 families received mortgage counseling.
    9/9/2005 A new collaborative venture was established between the University of Nebraska College of Architecture and NeighborWorks Lincoln. Twelve UNL students submitted designs for a 1,500 square foot, three bedroom bungalow to be built in a traditional neighborhood, which is currently being constucted under the supervision of NeighborWorks Lincoln.
    9/9/2005 Hired a coordinator for Financial Fitness. Six classes were held; 30 individuals, representing 21 families completed classes.
    9/9/2005 Participated in the 2005 Community Build Day. On August 12th, representatives from three local banks, State Farm Insurance, local government and NeighborWorks Lincoln met to landscape the recently completed High School House.
    6/30/2009 We had 171 clients complete Pre-Purchase Counseling. Fifty Clients complete Post-Purchase Counseling and 40 clients participate in Financial Literacy, One-on-One training
    6/30/2009 In Real Estate Development we constructed one High School House, one Youthbuild House and one UNL "GreenBuild House". Each of these projects were partnerships with local educators and the houses when sold went to buyers below 100% of AMI.
    6/30/2009 Facilitated the creation of three murals, represented voter encouragement, Hispanic Cultural art and Asian Cultural art. Our Community Building throug Free to Grow successfully addressed problem properties. Block by Block was able to locate key resident willing to participate. Lincoln Policy Network averaged 28 persons per meeting and started the process toward working with the citizens and the city to make significant policy changes.

    Community Services

  • Community Building

  •  Community Planning

  •  Leadership Training

  •  Neighborhood / Resident Crime Watch

  • Financial Planning and Assistance

  •  Down-payment Assistance

  •  Elderly Tax Information

  •  Foreclosure Prevention Training

  •  Tandem Lending

  • Green Building and Home Improvement

  •  Home Maintenance Training

  •  Lead Poison Prevention

  • Housing Programs and Home Ownership Counseling

  •  Housing for Elderly

  •  Housing for Handicapped

  •  Relocation / House Moving

  • Board of Directors
    NameBoard Role/TitleSectorCompany/OrganizationJob Title
    Malinda BurkBoard PresidentOther Instructor/Guidance Counselor
    Pat DettmerBoard MemberFinancial InstitutionFrontier BankLending Officer
    Carl EskridgeBoard MemberState GovernmentState of Nebraska 
    Timothy FrancisBoard MemberResident  
    Barbara HardyBoard MemberResidentLincoln Public School 
    Ann R HirschfeldBoard MemberResidentState of Nebraska 
    Andrew (Skip) HoveBoard SecretaryBusiness  
    Sharon JohnsonBoard MemberState of Nebraska 
    Elizabeth MorganBoard MemberFinancial InstitutionUS BankLending Officer
    David SchoenmakerBoard MemberResident  
    Kevin SheenBoard Vice PresidentResident  
    John StruweBoard TreasurerResidentRetired 
    Steve WerthmannBoard MemberUrban DevelopmentUrban Development Housing Manager
    Scott WilliamsonBoard MemberFinancial InstitutionWest Gate BankLending Officer

    About the NeighborWorks ® Network

    The NeighborWorks® network is a nationwide network of more than 250 community development organizations working in nearly 4358 urban, suburban and rural communities across America. These organizations engage in revitalization strategies that strengthen communities and transform lives. In the last five years alone, NeighborWorks® organizations have generated more than $8.5 billion in reinvestment and helped more than 500,000 families of modest means purchase or improve their homes or secure safe, decent rental or mutual housing.

    NeighborWorks ® America Contact Information
    District:  Midwest Region
    Name:  Carolyn S Young
    Phone:  816-714-1210
    Toll-Free:  800-823-1428
    Fax:  816-714-1291