Nearly 40 people attended a discussion at Urban Abbey, focused on the problems of substandard rental units and what can be done about them. OTOC’s Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization Team sponsored the event and attendees included landlords, renters and interested citizens.
The evening started out with Dennis Walsh, a Housing team member, who gave a presentation, with maps and fact sheets , about the city’s housing code violations since 2015. The data showed trends toward a growth in both the number of rental units in Omaha and the rising costs of those units. It also pointed out how violations and demolitions tend to be concentrated in certain zip codes. To access these maps, follow these links: Click here for graphs, Active Housing Violations by Year, Jan 2018 Active Housing Violations, Active Violations Bar All Zip codes
His talk was followed by guest speaker Gary Fischer–Family Housing Advisory Services Legal Counsel. He gave an in-depth report about both substandard rental housing and evictions. His presentation included handouts of maps showing eviction notices throughout the city. He said two traits correlated to eviction notices: poverty and locations which are highly populated by African Americans.