Housing is Affordable in Thayer County, Nebraska

Housing costs less in Thayer County than it does in the majority of the United States. It’s so low that the median home price in Thayer County is just $77,850! Young adults and retirees appreciate that smaller homes can cost even less, coming in around $50,000. 

Of course, another benefit of living in Thayer County is the amount of land that’s available for building. There is room to grow and spread out here. Many families find that they prefer to build their dream home in one of our charming communities or near beautiful Nebraska farms.

Download the Thayer County Housing Study Summary.

Download the Thayer County Full Housing Study 2021 - 2026.


New Housing Construction Proposals are now OPEN!!

TCEDA is being awarded the Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund grant matched with an investment from the Thayer County Commissioners to establish a New Construction Project. This project will build three new single-family homes within Thayer County: Davenport, Bruning, and Deshler with a fourth house in Deshler to come at a later date. The two grant houses will be sold to income-qualified buyers who are at or below 120% of the area median income and an "affordibility stipend" will be available to the buyers. 

Construction has begun, and we are excited to start working with potential buyers for these homes! Please contact us if you are interested! Below you can find house plans for the first three houses in Deshler, Bruning, and Davenport. 

Deshler & Davenport Plans    Bruning Plans

TCEDA is using a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process to identify one or more builders ("Partner Builders") for the construction of the new homes in 2023-2025. These properties are vacant lots. Construction is to begin in the near future with completion of at least the two grant houses around July 30th, 2025. Interested builders may submit proposals for the construction of the homes using the provided plan and requirements below:

Grant Houses RFP          Non-Grant House RFP     

                                House Specs


Proposals are due on or before July 31, 2023 at 4:00 pm. All questions regarding this Request for Proposals should be directed to:

Jim Warrelmann, Director of Housing SENDD

7407 O Street

Lincoln, NE 68510 



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Come Build in Thayer County

Developers are welcome here. TCEDA is interested in working with builders and developers interested in building single family or smaller multifamily developments within the project. Contact us to discuss opportunities.

Housing Partner

SENDD (Southeast Nebraska Development District) offers programs and funds to provide new housing and rehab well-loved homes throughout Thayer County. Such programs include Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation, Purchase-Rehab-Resale program, even upper story housing development. For more information, visit https://www.sendd.org/affordable-housing.

Home Ownership Program (HOP)

Thayer County Economic Development Alliance has available funds awarded through the Nebraska Affordable Housing Program to provide down payment assistance to Homebuyers for the purchase of existing homes, within Thayer County. This Program Summary Sheet will outline the requirements of the Program. The Southeast Nebraska Development District (SENDD) has been contracted by TCEDA to conduct housing management of the program.

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