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OTOC News in the ‘Predatory Lending’ Category

  • Payday Lending Ballot Initiative

    OTOC’s Payday Lending Action Team has been working for several years to combat inhumane interest rates on delayed deposit loans. In 2020 we are participating in a state wide ballot initiative to put reduced interest rates into law. 2020 Ballot Initiative A coalition of nonprofits across the state have teamed up to put this issue […]

  • Starting the Year with Issue Cafes!

    Mental Health Panel on Feb. 25 Mental Health leaders brought in a panel of mental health agencies and services to begin a conversation about the biggest needs for keeping people with mental illness out of jail. Some of the main issues discussed were lack of or shrinking funding and resources, both from the state and […]

  • Mental health emergency services kick off Issue Cafe month at Urban Abbey

    Emergency Mental Health Services A panel of speakers spoke about emergency mental health services currently available in the Omaha Metro area and new ones being planned. Some resources shared: Nebraska Medicine Director of Behavioral Health: Dr. David Cates UNMC will be opening a Psychiatric Emergency Service next July. They are currently treating 3,000  psychiatric crisis […]

  • OTOC Leaders Testify against Payday Lending expansion at State Legislature

    Rod Kuhlmann (left) of Holy Name Church and Kevin Graham of First United Methodist Church presented testimony on behalf of the OTOC Payday Lending Action Team to the Banking, Commerce, and Insurance Committee of the Nebraska State Legislature on Mar. 12, 2019, at the State Capitol. Kuhlmann testified against LB 379, which would expand payday […]

  • OTOC meets with 9 area senators in anticipation of 2019 Unicameral session

    OTOC leaders are meeting with Omaha-area Unicameral senators. In October, we hosted a Candidate Accountability Session for candidates from districts 6, 8, 12, and 20. (Click here to learn more). Those candidates committed to meeting with OTOC leaders to follow up on their commitment to action. Leaders are now following up with the victors from those […]

  • 225 OTOC leaders meet with Unicameral Candidates from 4 Districts

    Over 225 OTOC and community leaders from 25 congregations and community organizations met with 7 candidates for the Nebraska Unicameral on Monday, October 22.  OTOC leaders told compelling stories about five issues which they are working on through OTOC Action Teams. They asked candidates for specific commitments on: Adopting a state law requiring rental property […]

  • June Issue Cafes at Urban Abbey

    A few months a year, the Urban Abbey, a coffe shop/bookstore/Methodist Congregation partners with OTOC as community partners. As community partners in June, OTOC receives 10% of the coffee bar sales in the month as well as hosts learning opportunities at the Abbey. This June was OTOC’s second Urban Abbey month of the year, and […]

  • Pay Day Lending Reform has small victory this Legislative Session

    The OTOC Predatory Pay Day Lending Action Team has worked on reforming predatory lending in the last year by informing community members about the debt trap that often happens when people take out predatory loans, and by promoting LB 194, Senator Tony Vargas’s pay day lending reform bill that was introduced to the Nebraska Unicameral […]

  • Urban Abbey events in February encourage Leaders to get politically active

          Urban Abbey hosted three different Issue Cafes in the Month of February for OTOC Leaders and community members learn more about relevant issues happening in Omaha. Michael O’Hara from the Sierra Club (pictured left) spoke about the logistics of the city’s upcoming solid waste policy. Why do we need to care about […]

  • Pay Day Lending house meetings make a difference

    Leaders from OTOC’s Predatory Lending Action Team have been leading house meetings about LB194, a Nebraska Unicameral Bill that would put some regulations on predatory pay day lending (see below for details about LB194). The house meetings are focused on Legislative District 8, where Senator Burk Harr was just appointed to the Banking committee for […]