Omaha Land Bank

Project Description

Serviceship interns working with the Omaha Land Bank will have the unique opportunity to potentially serve the entire state. The Omaha Land Bank’s priority project is supporting legislation to develop housing strategies for regional organizations in rural communities across Nebraska. This will include the management of the 600 properties currently overseen in Omaha by the Omaha Land Bank, working with property acquisition organizations to build an understanding of reforming problem properties, and potentially working on a plan to cost effectively landscape and care for the properties.

Host Team

  • Marty Barnhart (Lead)
  • Mary Wells
  • Laura Heilman
  • Dave Schreiner
  • Kurt Holmstrom


Sydney Armbruster

Hometown: Falls City, NE
Campus: Peru State College
Major: Disease & Human Health

Kyle McGlade

Hometown: Council Bluffs, IA
Campus: University of Nebraska at Omaha
Major: Public Administration

The Latest

June 1, 2018

The first two weeks in Omaha, Neb., at the Omaha Municipal Land Bank have been nothing short of amazing. Between being welcomed in the office to going to the house sites and exploring the city we have been able to really feel like a part of the OMLB team.

As a group, Sydney and Kyle went on a trip to a home the Land Bank has acquired. With Kurt, Dave, and Laura we were shown the types of property that OMLB takes on and looks for individuals to redevelop. At this property, securing the house and cleaning up the lawn were big priorities. The home had sat vacant for 12 years and will in the next few months be purchased for redevelopment (which needs to happen within nine months) thanks in large part to OMLB having the ability to waive leans and other blockades to developers having interest.

“The work team at the Omaha Land Bank has a chemistry that makes you feel like you aren’t really even at work. It’s fun and rewarding. I can’t wait to see what the next 8 weeks has in store for us,” Kyle said.

All Week Two Updates