Notre Dame Housing (NDH) was conceived by the Notre Dame Sisters to meet the unmet need of affordable senior housing specifically in the Florence Neighborhood and the greater regional community. The Sisters remain involved in Notre Dame Housing as an extension of their mission to serve the unmet needs of others. NDH goes beyond basic housing and addresses the health, social, spiritual and physical needs of residents to give them the ability to live independently for as long as possible.
The older adults served by NDH have and continue to face numerous challenges, including an inability to pay for the true cost of the services they need, flat income levels in the face of rising costs, a lack of awareness about what services and benefits could be available, and in many cases, cognitive or physical challenges that inhibit full access to services and benefits.
What Makes NDH Truly unique in Omaha?
NDH is very important to our lasting legacy. Senior housing is a growing need and we are proud to have recognized this in 1997. NDH remains:
- The only nonprofit in Omaha offering affordable housing, social, and supportive
- services, along with a senior center for the larger community
- At capacity with 118 residents
- Active in housing assistance, providing $231,719 in housing assistance last year
NDH offers service coordination to seniors ranging from medical screenings, dentistry, tenant education, Medicaid; and Medicare assistance. Fighting senior isolation every day is an important part of the philosophy at Notre Dame Housing.
The Seven Oaks Senior Center addresses the health, social, recreational, and logistical needs of seniors. It is one of the largest senior center in Douglas County and serve older adults through a wide variety of programs.
Seven Oaks Senior Center was named for the farm Father Flanagan sold to the Sisters in 1920. In a legacy Flanagan would be proud of, the senior center has truly begun serving the entire local community. The food pantry, for instance, provides food to 100 people or more every week, totaling more than 51,000 pounds of food served last year and over 5,000 lunches annually.
History of Notre Dame housing
In 1974 Notre Dame Academy, which educated local young women for 49 years, merged with Archbishop Rummel High School to form Roncalli Catholic High School, which today carries on the legacy of the Notre Dame Sisters and the Christian Brothers who had staffed Rummel High School.
After using the Notre Dame Academy building for various spiritual retreats and community-based activities, the Notre Dame Sisters, after careful study of needs in the area, established Notre Dame Housing in 1997. Over the course of 11 years (and two projects rolled into one), the Sisters completed the transformation of the Motherhouse into 62 units of affordable housing with a Section 42 tax credit and Historic tax credit project for its renewal.
This ministry seeks to meet the needs of older adults 55+ regardless of race, color, religion, sex, marital or civil union status, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, place of birth, ancestry, citizenship, military or veteran status or disability. Like most cities throughout the United States, Omaha has a growing population of seniors.