Nebraska Appleseed Responds to the Legislature’s Failure to Accept Rental Assistance

***For Immediate Release***
Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Contact: Magdalena Cazarez
Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed
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Nebraska Appleseed Responds to the Legislature’s Failure to Accept Rental Assistance 

Lincoln, NE — Today, Nebraska Appleseed’s Economic Justice Director Ken Smith issued the following statement on the Nebraska Legislature’s failure to override the veto of Legislative Bill (LB)1073:

“The Nebraska Legislature failed to pass into law essential legislation that would use federal dollars to support tens of thousands of Nebraskans across the state who are struggling to pay rent. While Omaha and Lincoln can still receive up to $70 million of the federal rental assistance funds, rural Nebraskans are now left out. 

This failed override vote is breathtaking when considering the message it sends about the Legislature’s priorities. When it comes to spending on lakes, waterways, and buildings there is resounding support. When it comes to supporting human beings struggling to recover in hard times, consensus is lost. We must do better to prioritize people over projects.

Housing is essential for the strength of our community and the strength and stability of our neighbors. This is not the end. We will continue to fight for Nebraskans so that everyone has what they need to thrive and stay housed.”

LB1073 was introduced by Senator Justin Wayne and prioritized by Senator Matt Hansen. The bill would require the state of Nebraska to apply for the second allocation of federal emergency rental assistance funds under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Learn more about the bill here


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