Nebraska families who are faced with a crisis can get help from the Emergency Cash Assistance Program. The main objective is to assist people when the health or well-being of an eligible low income family or child is threatened due to an emergency. It can only help when the applicant has no other options available to them, so it is a program of last resort.
Grants or other services can be provided by the Nebraska Emergency Cash Assistance program. There are various restrictions in place, including families need to be very low income. There is an income scale in place as well, so the more people in the household the higher the applicant’s income can be. Any type of cash assistance is limited to certain expenses, including, but not limited to those listed below. Payment may be made from the state in order to cover the following needs.
Housing expenses - Funds can be used to pay your mortgage or rent. The family needs to be in a crisis, such as a pending eviction or foreclosure. The state tries to pro-actively prevent homelessness.
Food - If you are out of food, and can’t get help from a local Nebraska pantry or charity organization, then money can be disbursed in order to help pay for food, groceries, or baby formula.
Emergency special diets - Some residents have special nutritional needs. Maybe they need a certain type of food due to a medical condition or the age of the applicant. The state of Nebraska can help meet those needs.
Non-food items - This can include home furnishings, items such as toilet paper, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene care, blankets, and more.
Clothing - If you need work attire, or items for a child’s school, then clothing can be offered in an emergency. Other items include baby clothes, diapers, winter coats, boots, and shoes. If a child would go cold in the Nebraska winter then coats, snow boots and other winter items can be provided.
Moving costs - If you can’t afford your current home or apartment, then get help in paying for moving costs to a more affordable and permanent home. Assistance can also be offered for people who were evicted or foreclosed on.
Transportation assistance - Sometimes individuals may be hit with unexpected expenses or bills, such as if their car breaks down. If something like this has happened to you, and you need money to pay for car repairs so you can get to work, then the Nebraska Emergency Cash Assistance Program may be able to assist.
Medical payments - Individuals or children faced with life threatening or serious conditions may get help in paying for medical bills or needed prescription medications.
Emergency telephone installation - Grants for paying for costs to install a phone, in particular for the elderly.
The program is offered by the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services, however you need to apply at your local office. Funding is limited, and a number of qualifications need to be met. Dial 402-471-3121, or stop by your local office. You can also learn about other resources that can be provided, such as state or federal government programs.
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