Leaders present research and solutions, looking for opportunities

Issue Cafe in February provide opportunity for leaders to share research on key issues and develop relationships for lasting change

Upcoming Issue Cafes:

  • Payday Lending on Tuesday, Feb. 11
    • Learn about and get involved in the state referendum to limit predatory payday lending.
  • What’s Happening in the Unicameral on Tuesday, Feb. 18
    • Hear from Jo Giles of the Coalition for a Strong Nebraska about what bills are getting some attention in this year’s Unicameral session, specifically on topics around environmental sustainability, mental health, and more.
  • Decriminalizing Mental Health on Tuesday, Feb 25
    • Director of Douglas County Jail Mike Meyers and Douglas Co. Commissioner Mary Ann Borgeson Join the Mental Health Action Team for a panel exploring solutions to keeping people with mental illness out of the Criminal Justice system.

Healthy Housing on February 4

The Housing Coalition that secured the 2019 proactive Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance led conversations about next steps towards affordable housing on the first Tuesday issue cafe of February. Leaders gave a quick update on the rental registration which is now open (learn more here), what work still needs to be done after last year’s important victory, housing inequality across the city, why housing needs to be a more prominent issue to policy makers, and what conversations are happening in the Unicameral about affordable housing now.

The crowd then broke into groups for house-meeting like discussions about the info and people’s own experiences. Several institutions shared stories about the burden on community groups like nonprofits and churches for rental and utility assistance, calling for partnerships and improved policy. Going forward, building power and building relationships that lead to successful passage of improved policy is the aim. Participants were asked to submit commitments they would take to continue building relationships and learning more.