The Landscape is a community-driven reflection of the Omaha-Council Bluffs area. The ongoing project examines eight areas of community life and uses the findings to provide a snapshot of where we are as a community and reveal opportunities for improving our collective quality of life.
In the fall of 2019, the Omaha Community Foundation in partnership with six local nonprofit organizations: Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands, The Intercultural Senior Center, Urban League of Nebraska, 100 Black Men of Omaha, The Micah House, and Heartland Family Services’ Ready in 5 Program engaged more than 1,700 residents through in-person interviews and online sharing to better understand how friends, family, and neighbors are experiencing life in our region. Through their stories, our team was able to identify key themes, pair data, and elevate the most urgent needs for our community to become an equitable place for all.
50% of people who participated in the Voices of The Landscape listening said that they had experienced discrimination.
Our community is experiencing unprecedented need as a result of COVID-19, the Black Lives Matter movement, and upcoming elections. Now more than ever are we encouraging community members to delve into this report—understanding how intersections of race, socioeconomic status, and access barriers can inhibit a community member’s ability to lead a vibrant, healthy life.
As we listened to the stories of residents, ten words repeatedly emerged, they include:
- Mental Health
- Safe Neighborhoods
- Affordable Housing
- Representation in Leadership
- Youth and Childcare