Douglas County CARES Funding for Rental Assistance – Applications open now!
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners voted last Tuesday, July 14th, to finalize a plan that allocates $10 million of the $166 million of Douglas County’s CARES Act funds for rental assistance. Influential in this decision was the engagement of leaders from Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) who met with many of the Commissioners to […]
Rental challenges are enormous. County Board can help greatly!
Imagine dozens, if not hundreds, of families in Douglas County getting evicted every week for non-payment of rent starting the first of July. This is part of the context for a momentous challenge the Douglas County Board of Commissioners is facing. They must distribute $166 million from the federal CARES Act to address the […]
End All Evictions during Corona Virus
On Wednesday, March 26, Governor Pete Ricketts signed an executive order postponing evictions due to non-payment of rent from Coronavirus. OTOC is pleased at this great first step towards preventing more homelessness from evictions during this crisis. Thank you for your action that helped this to happen! KETV Coverage: https://www.ketv.com/article/gov-ricketts-to-provide-covid-19-response-update-wednesday-afternoon/31930902# This order removes the requirement […]
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 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 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 […]
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 […]
City Council voted for Proactive Inspection Policy
April 9 City Council Vote-City Council Passes Ordinance for Proactive Rental Inspections but Mayor Stothert Promises VETO City Council voted 4-3 for a proactive rental inspection system that would start in 2020. They passed “Amendment C” proposed by Gray, Jerram, and Festeresen. This ordinance will require all properties to register, and begin a 10-year cycle […]
Author Richard Rothstein to speak with OTOC and Community Leaders
Monday March 25 & Tuesday March 26 with Richard Rothstein Author of New York Times Bestseller The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of how Our Government Segregated America Events: Monday March 25–sponsored by Creighton University 7:30 pm Speaking at Harper Center at Creighton University 602 N. 20th – Free Parking Garage on Cass St. RSVP at https://excellence.creighton.edu/ColorOfLaw Tues. […]