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 call on MOPOA to choose collaboration over...
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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 Omaha World Herald: Advocates want more money in city budget for housing inspectors and...
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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 light from the sun to create energy,...
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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 of proactive inspections in...
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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...
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OTOC Testifies Before City Council in Favor of Proactive Inspections

On Tuesday, OTOC leaders joined tenants, nonprofits and landlords to testify in support of proactive inspections in Omaha. In front of a packed house at City Hall, OTOC leaders Karen McElroy, Rosie Volkmer, Gloria Austerberry, Dennis Walsh, Susan Kuhlman and Paul Romero laid out a comprehensive narrative that covered the background information of the problem of substandard property in the city,...
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Rental Housing momentum on state and local levels

City Council Ordinances On March 12 at 2 pm at 1718 Farnam St, the City Council will have a hearing for three different ordinances pertaining to changes in how the city handles housing and code enforcement. If you are interested in testifying, please call us at 402-344-4401 or email at otocfornebraska@gmail.com for more information. Summary of Ordinances OWH Article about the Ordinances: Three...
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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 districts, plus other area senators about...
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OTOC Interviews with WOWT and KFAB

OTOC Interview with WOWT  OTOC leader Dennis Walsh sat down with Tara Campbell of WOWT on November 26th to talk about the need for a rental property registration and inspection ordinance to help solve the city's ongoing issue with substandard rental properties. Dennis responded to concerns that OTOC has heard from council members that an inspection program would be too expensive and articulated...
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Issue cafes educate about refugees, mental health, and housing

Improving Rental Housing in Omaha Seventy-five diverse community leaders met on Nov. 27 to learn about and discuss the state of affordable, quality housing. OTOC leaders presented some solutions like a rental property and landlord registration, a housing ombudsman, an inspection pilot project, and , the most effective, a rental property inspection ordinance. The lively group had a good...
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