When I think of the home that my wife and I have built in our hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, I think not only of our own home, but of the homes of the people who live there.
But the truth is that this home was built in a time when the vast majority of the population lived in abject poverty.
That is no longer true today.
We have now moved into a city that has a much higher percentage of people living in poverty than we did in 2000, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, Omaha has the highest percentage of its residents living in a household with a poverty level of $15,000 or less.
I have lived in Omaha for years and never once have I experienced the kind of living conditions that I do in the middle of a major metropolitan area.
And if the situation was reversed today, I imagine that many Omaha residents would be living in extremely cramped conditions in their homes.
The fact that Omaha has achieved such a high level of poverty in recent decades is a reflection of the incredible work of city governments in addressing this problem, and how Omaha has built an incredibly resilient community that is resilient to economic and environmental stresses.
Omaha has a proud history of creating sustainable cities that reflect the diversity of its people and the region.
There are many, many things that the city of Omaha has done in recent years to make our lives easier, from hiring more staff to supporting a community-based arts program.
So, while I do think Omaha is at the forefront of making the lives of its citizens more comfortable, I also believe it is time for our city leaders to take a long, hard look at how they are investing in the future of our city.
It is important for cities to focus on creating the right kind of jobs and the right kinds of economic opportunity for the city’s residents.
When we talk about jobs, I always think of a city where you can get a job in an hour.
Nowhere else in the country can you get that kind of opportunity for a fraction of the cost.
Many of the jobs available in Omaha are seasonal or contract positions, and are typically located in a city’s outer neighborhoods.
These are low-paying, low-quality jobs.
While the job opportunities for our citizens have improved, it is clear that there are still some barriers to entry for the majority of our residents.
I am concerned that the current housing market is creating a housing crisis that is hurting the very people who are trying to fill those jobs.
If we want to build a more resilient, more inclusive, more prosperous Omaha, we need to invest in building a stronger community.
For the next generation of leaders in Omaha, that means investing in our housing.
We need to take responsibility for building our future by ensuring that Omaha is a place that can support the kind, safe, healthy, well-paying jobs that our residents can expect.