Our communities are strongest when everyone has access to safe, affordable housing to care for our loved ones and enjoy a quality, healthy life.

Our neighbors are struggling to keep up with the cost of rent, especially as the shortage of affordable housing becomes more apparent. Lincoln must ensure we are using housing assistance to its full extent.
Housing assistance works.

Housing assistance helps communities thrive, especially for our neighbors with disabilities, single parents raising children, and Black and brown neighbors. 

You are not alone.

Housing assistance helps communities thrive, especially for our neighbors with disabilities, single parents raising children, and Black and brown neighbors.

Lincoln can lead this fight.

Our city could be a model for others in addressing the housing crisis by ensuring that assistance can’t be used as a form of discrimination. Tell the City Council why access to quality, affordable housing is important to you and your neighbors. LINK: Contact city leaders today. 

It’s the right thing to do.

Housing assistance, also known as a source of income, is one piece of the affordable housing puzzle. By passing an anti-source of income discrimination ordinance, Lincoln can live up to our promise of welcoming every neighbor. LINK: Learn more about source of income housing assistance. 

What's the Problem

Lincoln is facing a severe shortage of affordable housing.

Housing is unaffordable for 45% of Lincolnites who rent at all income levels.

Plus, 21,165 Lincoln households are cost-burdened by their housing, while 86% of extremely low-income families spend more than one-third of their income on rent. Lincoln must address these issues before they become worse.

How can we solve this?

The Housing Voucher Program must be more effective.

Often, tenants are unable to use housing vouchers to pay for rent – many landlords won’t accept them as payment. At least 20% of local renters with vouchers aren’t able to use them.

This most affects those with disabilities, single female heads of
household, families with children, and racial minority groups. These groups make up the majority who receive rental assistance or supplemental sources of income.

Lincoln can enact protections to ensure we use every housing assistance tool to the fullest extent – and to ensure that everyone has a decent, safe home. 

Why should we care?

Source of income protections prevent eviction and homelessness.

These protections require landlords to accept any legal source of income, including housing vouchers.

Recipients are 12% more likely to successfully use their voucher in a city, county or state with source of income protections than in places without such laws.

Sixteen states and 87 counties and cities across the United States have adopted similar protections. 

The housing crisis can affect anyone.

Essential Information

What is 'source of income?'

Source of income, or SOI, is any kind of income that can be used to pay for rent like a paycheck, disability, Social Security, rent assistance, or housing vouchers.

Landlords discriminate against source of income when they refuse to rent to a potential tenant because of their source of income. For example, an apartment listing may specify “No Section 8,” or telling a potential renter to not bother applying with a housing voucher, or expressing that they “don’t work with Lincoln Housing Authority.”

We can change city law so people can’t be turned away from a potential home just because of how they pay. You can help get us there. 

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The Eviction Crisis

Since COVID-19’s onset, hundreds of families in Lancaster County have been scheduled to be evicted.

Affordable Housing

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