Three residential homes being built to house developmentally disabled men in the Bridges program could be ready by the end of April.
Jodi Fenner, developmental disabilities director for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, said the construction company should be ready to turn over the site — located just off Southern Hills Drive near U.S. Highway 6 — in about a month. After that, she estimates it could take about a month to furnish the facility.
"We will want them completely furnished and ready before moving the men in there," she said.
Currently, the Bridges program houses men from across the state at the Hastings Regional Center, where it has rented space since January 2005.
Bridges is a 14-bed program serving males with developmental disabilities who have challenging behaviors that pose a significant risk to members of the community. The program is staffed 24 hours each day.