Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle was joined by Omaha City Councilman Ben Gray, City Prosecutor Mike Getty, Police Chief Todd Schmaderer, and OHA Board Member Jennifer Taylor in highlighting City efforts to demolish vacant homes. Following up on recommendations from the Landlord Taskforce, the City of Omaha is investing $800,000 to finance vacant home demolitions in both North and South Omaha. The Taskforce has also proposed legislation that provides financial incentives for property owners to repair homes that are rundown or unsafe and a City Ordinance allowing landlords faced with problem tenants to assign their eviction rights to the City.
“The overarching goal of vacant property demolition is to improve public safety in Omaha,” said Mayor Suttle. “Vacant homes are unsafe and attract criminal activity. I am committed to working with elected officials, public safety officers, neighbors, and landlords to remove these structures from our neighborhoods.”
In addition to the vacant home demolition, the Mayor’s Landlord Taskforce has proposed several additional initiatives aimed at ensuring that all Omahans have access to safe and sanitary housing. The Taskforce is expanding the City of Omaha Closed Property Ordinance, making it easier for the Omaha Police to remove trespassers and problem tenants. The group has restarted the Neighborhood Scan Project, which helps neighborhood associations and other community groups track deteriorating properties and work neighbor-to-neighbor to minimize code and nuisance violations. The Taskforce has also brought the City Planning, Fire, and Police Departments together for the first time to exchange the latest information on vacant properties.