Speak Up for Housing Rights


The Speak Up For Housing Rights initiative includes civic, legal, education, and arts groups committed to sharing information, resources, and calls to action to address eviction and housing affordability in Lincoln.



In Evicted, Princeton sociologist and MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they each struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Hailed as “wrenching and revelatory” (The Nation), “vivid and unsettling” (New York Review of Books), Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of twenty-first-century America’s most devastating problems. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.

Evicted is on sale at the Nebraska History Museum gift shop. 

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Behind On Rent

A short film by Lincoln filmmaker Gabriella Parsons that shares the stories of housing-insecure Nebraskans and their families amid the COVID-19 pandemic. BEHIND ON RENT highlights the human toll of our burgeoning eviction crisis and features those who are working to protect our most vulnerable neighbors.


Roundtable + Q&A

Join Filmmaker Gabriella Parsons, Lincoln Commission on Human Rights Director Mindy Rush Chipman, and Community Organizer Isabel Salas as they discuss the issues, efforts, and challenges presented in the film BEHIND ON RENT. This roundtable and Q+A, moderated by Civic Nebraska’s Steve Smith, was conducted Dec. 18, 2020.

Sign Up

Sign up for the Collective Impact Lincoln / Speak Up For Housing Rights newsletter. In addition to neighborhood-building information, this email newsletter connects readers with information and news about Lincoln’s housing crisis, shares opportunities to get involved, and provides specific calls to action on behalf of our neighbors who are being unhoused.

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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

21,655 Lincoln households are cost-burdened by their housing.

Turned Away

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