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NeighborWorks Lincoln (NWL) is a nonprofit organization with the mission to improve lives by expanding affordable housing opportunities and strengthening neighborhoods. Throughout the organization’s 37 years of service to Lincoln, NWL has become a local leader in the community development sector and the preeminent facilitator of affordable homeownership opportunities. This is achieved through three program areas that work together to support neighborhood stabilization:

  • Community Building and Engagement: Empowering strong resident leadership through collaboration with city departments and community partners;
  • Homeownership and Homebuyer Education: Facilitating sustainable homeownership through homebuyer education and assistance; and
  • Real Estate Development: Developing desirable housing for economically diverse clientele throughout the city.

NWL is located at 2530 Q Street in the Malone-Hawley neighborhood, a focus area for the NWL Community Building and Engagement (CB+E) team. By implementing a holistic approach known as Comprehensive Community Development (CCD) over the last year, the CB+E team is now ready to take lessons learned to another neighborhood.

The new focus area spans from 17th to 27th Streets, from “O” to “D” Streets, and includes portions of Capitol View, Woods Park, and Downtown neighborhoods. The CB+E team will spend the next several months canvassing and getting to know the residents who call this area home. They will also complete a Community Impact Measurement (CIM) survey to collect resident experiences and perceptions and conduct street and block observations. This data will be analyzed, compared, and shared over the next several years.

In June, NWL will join NeighborWorks America and the nearly 250 other NeighborWorks network organizations serving communities across the country to celebrate National NeighborWorks Week. Every year, thousands of residents, businesses, and elected and civic leaders nationwide participate in local celebrations of the impact NeighborWorks organizations have in their respective communities. This year, NWL is excited to invite the Lincoln community to two events during NeighborWorks Week.

NeighborWorks at the Festival of Health: June 2, 2024  Get ready for an amazing day of free health screenings, exercise demonstrations, delicious food samples, fun activities, captivating performances, and booths galore, all dedicated to physical, social, and mental health resources in the community! You won't want to miss out on this exciting event hosted by the Cultural Centers of Lincoln Collaborative that brings together residents and organizations. Stop by the NeighborWorks Lincoln table to learn about how housing impacts your health and how we can build relationships to strengthen our wellness.

NeighborWorks Capitol View Walk + Talk: June 6, 2024  Join NeighborWorks Lincoln for an adventure in the Capitol View area! This free, fun-filled walk and talk experience will explore the community and discover the assets and gathering places that make the neighborhood unique. If you live or work in the area between 17th and 27th Streets, from “O” to “D” Streets, please plan to attend! The journey will begin at Lincoln High School at 6 p.m. After the stroll, participants will gather for a delicious light meal and some reflection time. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to connect with your neighbors and celebrate the hidden gems of your community.

Watch for information on NWL’s social media platforms for additional details about NeighborWorks Week, and all the events coming up this summer! And if you’re looking to add some fun to your next get-together consider renting the NeighborWorks Lincoln Block Party on Wheels trailer! This "portable party" includes everything you need to enhance your group's outdoor event. Neighborhood and faith-based organizations, nonprofits, and schools can reserve the Block Party on Wheels Trailer for a $100 fee. For-profit entities pay $250. The trailer includes yard games, sports equipment, picnic furniture, coolers, a sound system with mic, and much more!  For questions about the Block Party Trailer please contact Community Builder, Tut Kailech.