The Consortium for Organizational Research and Evaluation (CORE) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha will present the findings of its neighborhood needs assessment to the United Neighborhood Alliances of Omaha Friday, Nov. 15. The meeting, which is open to the public, is set for 9:00am at the Omaha-Douglas Civic Center, 1819 Farnam St., in Jesse Lowe Conference Room (third floor).

Since the closing of the Neighborhood Center’s Omaha office in February, representatives from the city’s six alliance groups – now known as the United Neighborhood Alliances of Omaha (UNAO) – have been meeting to discuss how to best address the needs of Omaha’s neighborhood associations and those areas of the community not currently served by an association. The meetings have included representatives from the Benson-Ames Alliance, Midtown Neighborhood Alliance, North Omaha Neighborhood Alliance, Northwest Omaha Neighborhood Alliance, South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance and Southwest Omaha Neighborhood Alliance.

Early on, the group identified a needs assessment as its top priority to determine a way forward and contracted with CORE to conduct the assessment, which focused on identifying local assets, resources and activities as well as gaps, barriers and emerging needs. It also included an assessment of Omaha’s Neighborhood Scan program, which allows neighbors to use GPS to document property code violations in their part of the city. The assessment was paid for through existing funding left by the closing of the Neighborhood Center’s Omaha office in partnership with the City of Omaha Mayor’s Office.

The United Neighborhood Alliances of Omaha will then meet the following Friday, Nov. 22, to decide on how to proceed in the coming year. A decision is expected by mid-December.

For more information about the work of the alliances, contact Mike Battershell, 2014 UNAO chair, at 402.871.5200 or mike@bergmanincentives.com.

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