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Rental and Cash Assistance

Author: 
Tari Miller

Rental and Cash Assistance

With the holidays and colder months coming up, this time of year can be hard on those in financial need. Being unemployed or between employment makes it difficult to meet rent and utility payments. Lincoln has some resources and programs available to help those who are eligible.  The following is a description of agencies and programs that can help and what is required to apply for each.


Lancaster County offers General Assistance, which has a 2-30 day process. First you will be asked to fill out an application, which can be picked up at their office at 2202 S. 11th St, Ste 150; downloaded from the website (http://lancaster.ne.gov/ga/pdf/application.pdf); or call 402-441-3095 and have an application mailed to you.  After the application is received, a caseworker will call and ask for some documentation, which may include 2 forms of ID, pay stubs from the last 60 days, copy of checking account statement, and/or a letter from your landlord.  Once the appropriate documentation has been received, you may be provided with assistance for food, rent, deposit, assisted living, medical care, transportation, clothing, cremation or burial expenses, or health insurance payments.


For those who are homeless, the Community Action Partnership has the Homeless Voucher Program, which helps homeless individuals and families towards the goal of self-sufficiency in housing and avoiding a return to homelessness.  You may not have lived at one address for longer than 6 months from the date of the application until you are called for an interview to qualify. You are not eligible for the program if: You are not eligible for a Section 8 Voucher from Lincoln Housing Authority, you are incarcerated, you are a ward of the state, or you are under 18 years of age.  You can find the application for this program online at http://www.communityactionatwork.org/programs/homelessness/voucher/ or by going into Community Action Partnership at 210 O St. You will need to be able to provide the following information: Verification of Lincoln Housing Authority application, social security cards for you and your children (if applicable), copy of driver’s license, last 2 years of addresses, and documentation about regaining custody of children placed elsewhere by the court (if you are applying for family status).


Finally, there are food distribution sites seven days a week in Lincoln. You can go to www.lincolnfoodbank.org for a list of food pantry and meal sites. You can also call Answers4Families at 800-746-8420 for where to find food on any given day.

 

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