Hundreds of people attended the March 12 City Council hearing on rental housing safety proposals. After four hours of testimony, it remains indisputable that Omaha is facing a housing crisis with dire consequences for the strength and health of our city.
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Habitat Omaha submitted testimony in support of Legislative Bill 163 which would help increase affordable housing by providing benefits to housing developers for voluntarily restricting rent on a small percentage of units in multi-family rental residential projects, thereby adding more affordable homes to our city’s housing market.
“Every time I needed help with something about my house, staff checked for me and told me how to do it, who to contact, and gave me a phone number,” Saw Khu Soe says. “So I try to help others.” Saw Khu Soe hopes to support others the way that Habitat Omaha staff supported him throughout his homeownership journey.
LB85 would provide for a rental housing inspection program — a huge step for ensuring rental properties are safe and adequately maintained. Please take a few minutes today to speak up for safe, affordable housing by asking your senator to support LB85.
This week, Habitat Omaha submitted testimony in support of Legislative Bill 85 to implement a rental property registration system and inspection law in Omaha and Lincoln. This proposal would help ensure the safety and adequate maintenance of rental properties, allowing more Omaha families to experience security and stability in their homes.
Alex Smith always enjoyed following her dad around and offering help. She found maintenance work interesting, which is why she agreed to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia. “I originally thought, ‘what in the world can I do that’s going to impact or help?’” Smith says. …