Omaha Public Radio News
12:09 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Huskers' Heroes Game victory means new Habitat House in Omaha

Omaha, NE – A wager between Omaha and Council Bluffs' Mayors means a new Habitat for Humanity house will be built in north Omaha.

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle and Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan wagered on last week's so-called "Heroes Game" between Nebraska and Iowa. If Iowa won, Mayor Suttle would help build a Habitat house in Council Bluffs. Since Nebraska won, it'll be Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan working with Habitat volunteers in Omaha to build a house at 38th and Seward Streets.

Habitat Omaha executive director Amanda Brewer says the Mayors' bet is good for families in both cities. "Council Bluffs and Omaha both have strong Habitat for Humanity chapters, and both Mayors have been really supportive of the efforts in their respective communities, and I think they just thought it would be fun to have a little wager but have the end result be something good for either community."

The Habitat house in Omaha will be built December 17th. Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle will also be assisting with the construction.

Suttle also plans to attend the dedication of a new Habitat house in Council Bluffs December 10.