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  • Temporary Protective Status Update

      65 people gathered on Friday evening to watch the film “The Last Dream.” It is a documentary about a group of youth in Baltimore whose parents are Temporary Protected Status recipients. With the TPS program under threat and caught in legal battles, the children, most of whom are US citizens, are also caught in the […]

  • Medicaid Expansion Hearing

    On Nov. 13, the Omaha World Herald reported on the public hearing on the advisability of implementing expanded Medicaid with the Section 1115 Waiver experiment proposed by the Nebraska State Dept. of Health and Human Services (DHHS). At that hearing, 24 out of 24 speakers opposed it.   You can oppose it, too. Comment here. Background: Besides […]

  • 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 […]

  • Thank You for a Wonderful Training Series!

    Rebuilding Democracy from the Ground Up: Why People of Faith Matter We would like to take a moment to thank everyone who put on and attended our Rebuilding Democracy series. With the support and handwork of many OTOC leaders and IPL educators, participants were able to learn about their important role as a citizen in relation […]

  • OTOC wins award for Outstanding Grassroots Organizing from Nebraska Appleseed

    On Thursday, October 10, 2019, OTOC leaders were awarded the Roots of Justice awards at the Nebraska Appleseed Good Apple Awards. The joyous night was filled with good food, inspiring award winners, and lots of smiles and laughter. Thank you, Nebraska Appleseed to recognizing the long rooted work of OTOC in our community. Read more […]

  • OTOC Leaders respond to lawsuit against new rental inspection ordinance

    OTOC calls on MOPOA for Collaboration, not Lawsuits OWH Article 10/9/19 Channel 7 News Story with Restoring Dignity The Housing Action Team of Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) is disappointed that the Metro Omaha Property Owners Association (MOPOA) has once again chosen a strategy of lawsuits over collaboration with other stakeholders in the city. We […]

  • OTOC Leaders testify against delays and complications of Medicaid

    On Friday, Sept. 20, eight OTOC leaders traveled to Lincoln and participated in an action to express disapproval of the 1115 waiver filed by the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS). It substantially changes the law providing for Medicaid expansion in Nebraska that was passed by the voters as Initiative 427. A press […]

  • OTOC Asks the City Council to Fund More Housing Inspectors in 2020 Budget

    OTOC Housing Leaders and Coalition Members Testify at the City Council Budget Hearing Nine of the 19 speakers at the Omaha City Budget Hearing testified for more inspectors and proper funding for implementation of the new Rental Housing Registration and Inspection Ordinance passed in April of this year. In the news: Omaha World Herald: Advocates […]

  • October Organizing Training

    Upcoming Training Opportunity IPL and OTOC will host a 3-Day Organizing Training in October for an intensive weekend led by organizers from around the country. Join us October 17-19 (Thursday evening through Saturday afternoon) at First United Methodist Church (7020 Cass St.) Thursday 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM; Friday 9 AM – 7 PM; Saturday […]

  • June Issue Cafes explore housing, organizing, power generation

    Environmental Sustainability with OPPD On June 27, we had our final June issue cafe. 17 people attended to learn about three new OPPD programs: community solar, electrical vehicle rebates, and the low-income energy efficiency pilot. On April 1st, OPPD announced their community solar program that allows you to get affordable solar energy. Solar energy uses […]