Today is the day! At 3 pm, the City Council will hold a public hearing on a proposed ordinance to help improve the adequacy and conditions of rental units in Lincoln.
We encourage you to either:
(1) attend the hearing at the City-County Building, 555 S. 10th St., or
(2) email members of the City Council today to show your support for humane housing.
Under this proposed ordinance, the city will create a centralized listing of all rental property (which Lincoln now lacks), including rental housing with only one or two units.
This helps the city know what the rental housing stock is, and what may be most effective to address housing shortages or issues. It will also focus on interior inspections on problem properties, including landlords with complaints at multiple properties.
Your voice is vital to this discussion, especially if you can’t make it to City Hall this afternoon. If you cannot attend, we strongly encourage you to take five minutes today to send city leaders an email note expressing your support of this ordinance.
Learn more about the proposed ordinance here, and then contact City Council members today at this link.Here are a few suggested points to share:
– This ordinance is a simple, moderate, and modest step to maintain humane housing in our city. Proper code enforcement keeps housing adequate and supports housing affordability.
– This ordinance supports residents’ health and safety.
– Code enforcement helps housing affordability. As new housing is built and older housing ages, older housing becomes more affordable in a process known as filtering. However, if housing deteriorates and is condemned, it cannot fill that hole in the market.
– This is an opportunity for the City Council to act on behalf of all Lincolnites without delay. The City Council should schedule an up-or-down vote May 13 on this ordinance.
Don’t wait to share your voice — let our city leaders know where you stand today.
Thank you for all that you do,
Program Manager, Collective Impact Lincoln