Nebraska is located in the middle of the country where the Great Plains meet the Midwest. This state has a lot to offer its citizens including cheap housing prices, higher revenue, various employment opportunities, and great educational options. Violent and property crimes are lower than the national average. Even though it is a very advantageous place, affording living expenses may be challenging for low income. Thereby, the State of Nebraska, local non-profit organizations, and the federal government provide a raft of programs and benefits for low-income individuals such as housing assistance, utility bill assistance or food assistance.
Financial and Cash Assistance
Nebraska Employment First was established and has been sponsored by the State of Nebraska as a welfare reform program for low-income people who are unemployed or underemployed and not able to cover their living expenses. Particularly families with children and one or both of the parents are unemployed are welcome to apply for this benefit. Qualified low-income people and families will be obtaining monthly cash support till they can stand on their own legs financially. For the duration of this help, accepted persons will be joining various courses to improve their skills and abilities. To learn more information and to apply, please visit https://www.clasp.org/sites/default/files/public/resources-and-publications/publication-1/Nebraskas-Employment-First-Program-2.pdf or contact 1 402 271 7300.
Nebraska Women, Infants, and Children Program has been financed by the federal authorities and has been mandated by the Department of Health and Human Services for low-income single mothers, pregnant women, and families with children. The aim of this program is to maximize the well-being and health of low-income women and children who are facing economic challenges. Low-income families with more children will be receiving more cash assistance to cover their living expenses. Accepted low-income women will be also able to participate in nutrition education services, breastfeeding support and information, and healthy supplemental foods. For more information, please take a look here https://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/WIC-About.aspx or dial 402 441 8655.
Housing and Rent Assistance
Nebraska Section 8-Housing Choice Voucher Program was created by the U.S. Department of Human and Urban Development and has been managed by the State of Nebraska for low and middle-income persons and families. It aims to bring safe, secure, decent, and affordable housing options and help with rent for low income. Particularly low-income single mothers, pregnant women, seniors, veterans, and persons with disabilities are the priority groups within the context of this benefit. Its main eligibility requirements are the total income of the household and the total number of people in the home. Accepted participants will be able to choose the house, apartment, flat, or any kind of property that they want to live in. Once they move to their new home, roughly 70 to 80 percent of their rent will be covered by the program. Find out more information at https://www.hud.gov/states/nebraska/renting or make a phone call at 800 955 2232.
Nebraska AmpliFund Housing Support is a website that displays the current housing options in the state. It was created by the State of Nebraska to guide low income who are in financial struggle and need housing support. Several programs are pointed out on this website currently. Some of the programs are a follow:
- Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
- Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund (NAHTF)
- Business Innovation Act (BIA)
- Developing Youth Talent Initiative (DYTI)
- National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF)
- HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)
- Civic & Community Center Financing Fund (CCCFF)
- The site and Business Development Fund (SBDF)
- Remote Access (Rural Broadband)
- Shovel-Ready Grant Program
- State Trade Expansion Program
One of these options may be available for you, please go to this link https://opportunity.nebraska.gov/amplifund/ to see the details or give it a call at 800 426 6505.
Catholic Charities of Nebraska is a highly active faith-based non-profit organization in this state. Its goal is to help everyone who is in a vulnerable position. It fights against poverty, homelessness, crises, domestic violence, disasters, and more. Low-income people who are in economic trouble and need housing or rental assistance are urged to make contact with this establishment. Some of its programs are as followed:
- Financial Community Resources: Low-income residents and families who are searching for financial assistance to cover their housing and rental expenses are eligible for this benefit. The scope or the length of the help differ based on the applicants’ current status.
- Behavioral Health Services: Anyone who is looking for medical assistance and needs help particularly with behavioral problems is qualified for these services. Some of these health benefits are parenting, intimacy, behavioral challenges, worry (stress), social acceptance, substance use evaluation, individual therapy, peer issues, trauma, anxiety, depression, suicide, eating disorder, impulse control disorder, social media concerns, and much more depending on the participants’ health problems.
- Domestic Violence Services: Especially low-income women who are victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, stalking by an intimate partner, and sexual assault are encouraged to apply for these services. Qualified low-income women will be settled in emergency shelters and helped to get through this process with survivor support.
- Emergency and Supportive Food Services: There are plenty of food pantries across the region that offer healthy and nutritious food for low income. Low-income seniors may benefit from home-delivered meals according to their diet.
There are more opportunities and services that are organized by the Catholic Charities of Nebraska. Explore more opportunities through the following link https://www.ccomaha.org/ or by phone at 402 554 0520.
Nebraska Kids Connection Program is a health assistance program that was established and has been offered by the State of Nebraska for low-income children. Low-income children who are up to 19 years of age or younger and need medical support are encouraged to make connections with this program. Family members or guardians of low-income children can apply for this benefit on behalf of their children. Qualified children will be having financial support to cover their medical expenses. The link to their official website is as follows https://www.benefitsapplication.com/program_info or make contact with 1 800 383 4278.
The Nebraska Medicaid Program is the main health support program for low income that was built by the federal government and has been run by the state authorities throughout the region. Low-income seniors, pregnant women, children, the blind and persons with disabilities are prioritized by this program. Some of its health benefits include nursing facility care, screening, diagnostic services, mental health treatment, medical supplies, prescription drugs, inpatient and outpatient hospital services, services of physicians, dentists, home health services, transportation support, and much more. To see other services, please check out this link https://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Medicaid-Eligibility.aspx or give it a call at 855 632 7633.
Utility Bills Assistance
Nebraska Metro Home BASE is a local initiative that has been serving low-income single parents and mothers for a long time. Its main motivation is to keep families together and prevent family problems because of financial issues. Low-income single mothers and fathers who are at risk of losing their connection are given priority. They will be receiving monthly cash payments to pay their utility costs. Recipients of this program may also apply for housing and rental services. Read more information at https://www.mapquest.com/us/nebraska/metro-home-base-412850431 or by phone at 1 402 934 2273.
The Nebraska Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is also known as the Food Stamp Program by local residents. It is one of the most known food assistance programs that was sponsored by the federal government. Low-income people and families who are having a hard time reaching out for healthy and nutritious food are qualified for this program. Beneficiaries of this program will be receiving an Electronic Benefits Transfer Card to purchase healthy and nutritious meals from the local supermarkets or grocery stores. Low-income seniors may benefit from home-delivered food services based on their health status. For further information and to apply, please click the link https://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/SNAP.aspx or call the Hotline at 800 383 4278.