Equitable Housing and Development

We Have An Obligation To Ensure That The Good Life Is Still The Affordable Life

"Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world. -- Dolores Huerta

A new report from the Omaha World Herald highlighted our emerging housing crisis. Since 2011, the cost of housing in Omaha has risen a shocking 61%. If we do not work together to get these housing costs under control, the economic consequences will be unmanageable for our city.  We as Omahans have always valued our housing choice as a result of the low cost of living. However, today many of our residents are struggling to keep up with rising rental and mortgage costs. 


Investing in mixed income neighborhoods through development of workforce housing that serves households making $35K - $60K and lower income housing that serves households making $35K or below, in addition to luxury housing, would be a major step in the right direction to addressing the current housing inequities. 


Omaha Deserves Equitable Housing and Neighborhood Development


There are numerous ways the Omaha City Council can support more equitable housing access. I propose the following:


  • Expand the city's housing supply to help moderate increasing prices by reducing regulatory barriers and delays that impede land assembly and new equitable development.

  • Encourage the development of mixed-use, accessibility enabled buildings through tax incentives and regulatory ease.

  • Set a basic standard and definition of affordable housing and give priority to capital development in new housing projects that meet these standards.

  • Investigate the correlation between housing evictions "hot spots" and majority non-white neighborhoods.

  • Implement inclusive Tax Increment Financing (TIF) polices.

  • Minimize displacement of long standing residents by revitalizing neighborhoods, and supporting aging in place home improvement programs.

  • Improve services and amenities for under invested communities to encourage neighborhood revitalization.

  • Nurture racially, ethnically, and economically diverse neighborhoods by creating mixed income developments.

  • Support community nonprofits involved in development and revitalization to incentive building mixed income properties and investments in entrepreneurship.

  • Support policies that expand and improve locally owned retail services in neighborhoods to provide better access to basic needs, expand job opportunities and promote local wealth development.

  • Link low-cost rehabilitation financing with aggressive housing code enforcement to serve low income communities and create mixed income properties.

  • Implement the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing recommendations to address neighborhood and infrastructure inequities.

  • Preserve green spaces, historical landmarks, and long-standing community identities to ensure all Omaha neighborhoods are an attractive and desirable place to live.

  • Invest in city infrastructure improvements including sidewalks, trails and waste management to promote safe, healthy and walk-able neighborhoods.

  • Build inter-modal, sustainable and interconnected infrastructure networks that support a modern economy.


The City Council must assume a strong leadership role to fight against the outrageous increase of housing costs and ensure that all of our residents have access to affordable, diverse, accessible, and safe communities.