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Omaha Housing Rehabilitation and Healthy Homes Resource Guide

 Programs

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    Lead Hazard Control Program

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  Lead poisoning, whether caused by lead-based paint or other sources of lead, have a profound negative effect on the human body, and children under the age of six are especially vulnerable. The Lead Paint Hazard Control Program eliminates lead-based paint hazards and other lead-related hazards from single-family and multi-family residences.  This includes remediation of both exterior and interior lead-paint hazards.

Contact Info: Sarah Frederick / (402) 444-5150 ext 2028 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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    Barrier Removal Program

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  Operated by the League of Human Dignity, the Barrier Removal Program modifies home entrances and bathrooms to make them more accessible for people with disabilities.  Typical modifications include wheelchair ramps and lifts, stair lifts, roll-in showers, grab bars, and door widenings.

Contact Info: Doug Rourke / (402) 595-1256 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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    Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program

  

 

Provides up to 24 months in rental assistance either to households that have completed a transitional housing program for the homeless or to households that include a person(s) with a disability (as defined by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development) and who have been involved in a supportive services program. All applicants for this program are to be referred to OHA by an existing transitional housing or support service program that will document its involvement with the household and verify household status (i.e., homeless or disabled). The HOME Tenant-based Rental Assistance Program is operated by the Omaha Housing Authority (OHA) using HOME Partnerships Program funds allocated by the City of Omaha.

Contact Info: 402-444-6900 / www.ohauthority.org

Fair Housing

Fair housing is the right for all people to have safe, decent housing, and be able to obtain this housing without having limits on where they can live, based on discrimination.  City, State, and Federal Laws require that all people have an equal opportunity to buy, rent, or live in housing of their choice as long as they meet bona fide business requirements, such as having adequate income to afford the housing.  Federal, State, and City Fair Housing laws prohibit discrimination based on: race, color, disability, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, marital status, age, and creed.

A person who feels he or she has been discriminated against in the sale or rental of property can file an administrative complaint with a governmental agency, such as HUD, or the City of Omaha‚Äôs Human Rights and Relations Department within one year after the act has occurred.  The complaint must be based on the belief that race, color, religion, disability, national origin, sex, familial status, marital status, age or creed was the reason for the alleged discriminatory act.  A case may be filed in federal court up to two years after the act has occurred.

The Fair Housing Advisory Group helps the City evaluate impediments to fair housing for all citizens.  The Omaha-Council Bluffs Consortium Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice 2010 Update is available for review. 

If you are not sure if discrimination may have occurred in your housing transaction, but think it felt wrong in some way, you can contact:

  • the Fair Housing Center of Nebraska at 402-934-6657 or 1-800-669-3247
  • the City of Omaha Human Rights and Relations Department at 402-444-5055 (website
  • the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development at 402-492-3109

Fair Housing Advisory Group

Fair Housing Advisory Group meetings are held at 3 PM on the third Wednesday of each month at Family Housing Advisory Services located at 2401 Lake Street in the Tuskegee Airmen Board Room.  The meetings are open to the public.  Please contact Joe Garcia (402-934-6669) at least 48 hours before the scheduled meeting if you need special accommodations such as sign language or an alternative format.  The building is handicap accessible.

The first meeting of the Fair Housing Advisory Group was held on May 20, 1993.  The Advisory Group was established as a permanent board in 1996 by an executive order from the Mayor for the purpose of identifying barriers to fair housing in the Omaha community and strategies to address those barriers.

The group developed the following Mission Statement: "The Fair Housing Advisory Group is an ad hoc committee invited by the Mayor of the City of Omaha to bring particular insight and expertise to:

  1. the City-sponsored assessment of barriers to fair housing choice in both the public and private sectors;

  2. the identification of additional avenues of inquiry; 

  3. the identification of barriers by industry/sector;

  4. the development of activities to further fair housing choice and eliminate identified barriers;

  5. the review of actions taken and the results of those actions."

The composition of the advisory group is designed to include representatives of housing-related professions and groups most likely to encounter barriers to fair housing.  Specifically, the membership includes one builder, one lender, one realtor,four members of protected classes, two representatives of low-income and moderate-income neighborhoods, one at-large member, and one representative of the City administration.

Please contact Pat Evans at (402) 444-5150 Ext. 2011 if you are interested in volunteering your time to participate in the Fair Housing Advisory Group.

Omaha Housing Rehabilitation and Healthy Homes Resource Guide

View our Omaha Housing Rehabilitation and Healthy Homes Resource Guide. This resource guide gives information on programs that can help make a home healthier through home rehabilitation, repairs, funding, and more. The resource guide gives a program's services, eligibility requirements, and service area. Program information is updated periodically.

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