Please join OTOC leaders in contacting your council member and the Mayor’s office and ask for a prompt solution that would prevent homes from becoming unsafe and uninhabitable. Use the paragraph below or your own words to send your support for a solution to the code enforcement system.
We believe the situation at Yale Park was a tragedy that should not be repeated, and a rental property registration and inspection would prevent rental properties from reaching such substandard conditions. We are asking City Council change our “complaint driven” system to one that proactively prevents homes from falling into disrepair.
See OTOC’s Research on Proactive Rental Property Registration and Inspection ordinances:
OTOC Position Paper on Proactive Rental Inspection Systems
Guide to Rental Inspection Programs (1)
OTOC 1 Page Overview of Rentral Property Registration Ordinance.docx
Dennis Walsh Housing Article 8-9-18
Last two speakers of OTOC 2018 Budget Testimony
Tell City Council Members OTOC wants:
All rental units registered so the City knows who is responsible to maintain them.
A three-year inspection cycle for all properties, but more frequent for properties where owners do not maintain up to basic health & safety codes.
A modest annual registration fee sufficient to pay for cost of additional inspectors—there does not need to be any additional cost to tax payers.
Posting phone numbers and information about how to file a housing complaint with the City in each unit or common area. Tenants need to know when and how to file a housing complaint, and how to get help, if necessary.
Who you should contact
Mayor’s Hotline: 402-444-5555 or firstname.lastname@example.org
District 1 Pete Festersen 402-444-5527 or Pete.Festersen@cityofomaha.org
District 2 Ben Gray 402-444-5524 or Ben.Gray@cityofomaha.org
District 3 Chris Jerram 402-444-5525 or Chris.Jerram@cityofomaha.org
District 4 Vinny Palermo 402-444-5522 or Vinny.Palermo@cityofomaha.org
District 5 Rich Pahls 402-444-5528 or Rich.Pahls@cityofomaha.org
District 6 Brinker Harding 402-444-5523 or Brinker.Harding@cityofomaha.org
District 7 Aimee Melton 402-444-5526 or Aimee.Melton@cityofomaha.org
To find who your city council member is, visit https://citycouncil.cityofomaha.org/council-members
Channel 6 WOWT: https://www.wowt.com/content/news/Call-for-change-casts-a-net-beyond-Yale-Park-494400031.html
Channel 3 News Now:
Press Conference: https://www.3newsnow.com/news/local-news/more-than-2-500-violations-at-yale-park-apartments
7 pm news: https://www.3newsnow.com/news/local-news/omaha-groups-battle-over-yale-park-regulation-inspection
Omaha World Herald:
Sunday 9/13 https://www.omaha.com/news/metro/i-m-through-playing-nice-omaha-officials-signal-openness-to/article_16dc811e-b27a-51ee-9b55-fd1a1ea1d1c5.html
Press Conference 9/26 https://www.omaha.com/news/metro/landlords-say-they-ll-fight-push-for-more-inspections-of/article_70040401-a769-58b1-a5c8-352c2e828f6e.html
Channel 7 KETV:
6:00 pm news: https://www.ketv.com/article/otoc-blames-city-for-deplorable-conditions-at-the-yale-park-apartments-demanding-changes/23481165
10:00 pm news: https://www.ketv.com/article/otoc-calls-citys-housing-complaint-system-broken-calls-for-system-change/23482068
Overview of Rental Property Registration Ordinance
Amanda Brewer, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity shares the experience Habitat has in substandard housing their clients have before they move into Habitat homes. Rental units beside Yale Park also have major issues that go unreported
Rosanna Roland of the Karen Society of Nebraska shares that refugees deserve better and that this system does not work for them.
Pam Font-Gabel of Benson Area Refugee Task Force speaks on her experience in apartments and that it is unrealistic for new arrivals to understand the housing system and what rights they have in their homes.
Karen McElroy of Holy Name explains how the curerent code enforcement system doesn’t work and leads to circumstances like those at Yale Park.
Dennis Walsh of Sacred Heart explains how a rental registrationand inspection ordinance would work and has worked in other cities
Rev. Kent Little of First United Methodist Church explains the call to action- call your Cty Council Representative and ask them to put a solution to these problems.