Students from Lincoln Northeast High School have completed construction of an affordable home at 5701 Ballard Ave.

Overcoming many challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the students, their instructor Bob Freese, the contractor and Lincoln Housing Authority staff members worked together to complete the home by the end of the year. school.

Generous financial contributions from the Sowers Club of Nebraska Foundation, the Lienemann Charitable Foundation, the Ethel S. Abbott Charitable Foundation, the First National Bank of Omaha, and the City of Lincoln Urban Development also made the project possible.

The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home has 1,200 square feet of living space and includes an attached two-car garage. North East students have built a total of 28 homes since the home building program began in 1994.

Homes built by students in the North East are sold to Lincoln Housing Authority tenants at an affordable price through the LHA’s Home Ownership Program.

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The Lincoln Public Schools Residential Construction Program offers students the opportunity to discover and explore their talents in the construction trades as a potential career while generating much-needed affordable housing. Students frame the house, install roof siding and sheathing, apply foundation insulation, paint the interior, install doors, and complete carpentry.

LHA funds pay for basement excavation, foundation pouring, heating and air conditioning, plumbing, electrical and concrete, all of which are contracted out.

The general contractor for this year’s home is Burt Muehling, owner of Muehling Homes.

The students who worked on the construction of the house are Christopher Amory, Jack Bouwens, Tristan Brandt, Shane Burianek, Chaz Crouse, Nickolas Douglas, Jake Dunn, Brock Earlywine, Joseph Ferguson, Austin Finney, Camdyn Golden, Brayden Jennett, Trevor Jurgens , Alexis Lopez, Ian Lyon, Jalayah Madlock, Mer Puoch, Jordan Sacks, Aiden Shottenkirk, Troy Slechta, Tyler Stefkovich, Ian Tinsley, Marques Turner, Gavin Way, Hunter Whitney, Kelton Williams, Dylan Woodward and Lathan Zabel.

For more information about the program, contact LHA Executive Director Chris Lamberty at 402-434-5540.