Omaha and Douglas County assistance programs.
Veterans housing and rent aid
Omaha Nebraska has been provided several million dollars in federal funds that are to be used to provide housing assistance to veterans. The program is known as HUD’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH), and it will provide local public housing agencies and charities with thousands of rental assistance vouchers that are specifically targeted to assist both homeless veterans and those at risk of losing their homes in the Omaha area. There are many public housing authorities in the area that administer HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV), and they work very closely with the Veteran Affairs Medical Centers to manage the housing assistance program. In addition to the rental assistance that is offered, VA Medical Centers also provides case management and supportive services to eligible homeless veterans. Dial (402) 453-5656 to apply.
Douglas County Nebraska help with bills
Douglas County General Assistance - This government agency can provide assistance with paying for basic living needs including heating bills, rent, nonfood items, utilities, and clothing. The main office is at 4102 Woolworth Avenue, Omaha, NE 68105. Call (402) 444-6215, or continue with general assistance in Douglas County.
North Omaha Office of the Heartland Family Service accepts appointments from people who need help. Dial (402) 457-7760. Programs offered include Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), consultation, training, and reimbursement to family child care providers. Clothing closet offers uniforms and clothes for school and work. A Family and Child Care Resource center is on site too.
The local Douglas County community action agency is the Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership (ENCAP). They are located at 2406 Fowler Avenue, phone (402) 453-5656. Call them for help or more information on one or more of the following.
- Commodity Supplemental Food Program - Seniors, women, and children can get free food. This program also makes referrals for the Weatherization, WIC program, Head Start, and other Health and Human Services.
- Emergency Financial Assistance Program (ENCAP) - This financial assistance program can provide the needy and low income with emergency financial assistance bills and expenses such as rent, utilities, and medications.
- Several other resources are available from the community action agency. Read Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership resources.
Omaha Salvation Army - Several social services, holiday programs, emergency financial aid, and other programs are offered by the Salvation Army. A summary of some of the resources are below. Address is 3612 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131, or dial (402) 898-5900.
- Holiday Assistance and Seasonal Services - This can include free hot meals at Thanksgiving or Christmas, back to school distribution, Angel Tree program and weather-related assistance such as coats for kids.
- Material Assistance is sometimes called MASS. This program provides low income and other qualified people with help in meeting their basic needs through a clothing closet, food pantry and other aid. Vouchers or cash can also be used for assistance with prescription drugs, clothing, rent help, and household items. The seasonal programs offered by the Omaha non-profit include heating bill assistance in winter and free fans in the summer, Thanksgiving meal deliveries, the back-to-school backpack distribution, and Christmas assistance programs including Toyland, Adopt-a-Family, and others. Find more information on free fans.
- Transitional Housing - This social service program is for those previously homeless families preparing to live independently. Funds for deposits and other housing assistance is offered.
- Early Head Start - This is for children under 3. It is a federal government funded family centered program for low-income and working poor families who have or a are expecting a child in age from 0-3.
- Heartland Family Fund - This is for military personnel and their families who live in Omaha or across Nebraska. The Salvation Army will provide heating and utility bill assistance, free food, housing and rent assistance, clothing, emergency needs, baby supplies, support for family enrichment activities and prescriptions. Donations from the community are always accepted too.
- Click here for more details and information on the Douglas County Salvation Army.
Heartland Family Service serves residents from the North Omaha Office. Call (402) 451-6244. The program will offer rent and utility bill payment assistance for men and women with families. There is also a clothing closet for work attire, financial help from the Homeless Link Program including grants for deposits or back rent, funds for paying for birth certificates and more. The Omaha agency also partners with other local charities. More on financial help from Heartland Family Service.
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services coordinates financial assistance for utility and heating bills. A main services is LIHEAP. Other aid can provide for air conditioning, furnace replacement, and/or water heater repairs. The applicant needs to have a medical condition, meet low income guidelines, or be a senior. 1215 South 42nd Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68105, call (800) 383-4278.
Douglas County Family Housing Advisory Services runs many programs for both tenants and homeowners in the Omaha area. The primary goal is to stop homelessness from occurring and to end the cycle from re-occuring. A combination of emergency funding and counseling is used.
- Supportive Housing is available to rehouse families. It ranges from shelter to transitional housing and money for a security deposit or first month rent payment.
- Mortgage and foreclosure prevention advice is offered at cost cost.
Numerous other solutions are administered by FHAS. They even help clients stabilize from services such as Smart Change. More on Family Housing Advisory Services programs.
Heartland Housing Opportunities / Metro Home BASE offers so called rapid rehousing. This means utility and rent assistance, funds for paying security deposits, moving assistance, and general case management. Help is for the homeless and people facing eviction. The main address is at 1941 South 42nd Street, Omaha, NE 68105. Call (402) 934-8810.
Juan Diego Center offer rental assistance using funding from the World-Herald Goodfellows. Call (402) 731-5413.
The Society of St Vincent De Paul of Omaha and Douglas County - This charity, and its partner churches, offer social services and financial aid. This can include utility, rent, food, or basic needs such as furniture. Call (402) 346-5445, or more Douglas County Saint Vincent assistance programs.
Together is the name of non-profit that may offer emergency rental or energy assistance. Many other resources are administered from the Omaha agency, including the following.
- Transportation including free bus passes.
- Clients can use ACCESS Nebraska to apply for food stamps, child care, and TANF, among other benefits.
- A food pantry and clothing closet are on site.
- Eviction prevention services for veterans, including grants for heating bills or rent.
Many other resources are available. The address is 812 South 24th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68108, (402) 345-8047, or find details on Together Inc programs.
Lutheran Metro Ministries supports the city and metro Omaha area. There are very limited funds at the non-profit. When possible, it will help with situations such as natural gas, water and electric bills in collaboration with other charity agencies. Call (402) 453-3774 for intake, or click more information.
Programs to rehouse the homeless and keep families housed - Using state of Nebraska and federal government grants, agencies offer homeless prevention services in the Omaha region. What may be provided includes the following.
- People at risk, including the elderly, single moms, and disabled can access housing.
- Emergency grants can help with utility bills (water, electric or heating) as well as rent.
- Non-monetary aid includes legal counseling, access to section 8 vouchers, and other assistance. Click more information.
Locate assistance for rent or housing costs in Omaha and surrounding communities. There are non-profits and charities that both raise donations from the community and receive money from the government. The funds are then used to help pay rental costs or other emergency expenses, such as a security deposit. Counseling and legal aid is also arranged. Get referrals to more Omaha rental assistance programs.
Food programs - If a Douglas County family is in a crisis, or if they need referrals to state or federal programs, there are resources available. Thousands of families turn to the programs each year for everything from free groceries to SNAP applications or Christmas meals.
Boxes of food are passed out. Another option for clients is to request personal hygiene items or household supplies from a pantry, or drop in at a soup kitchen. The programs are flexible in supporting low income families. Locate free food pantries in Douglas County.
Omaha and Douglas County families with children or an elderly member and a low income can apply for help at Christmas and other holidays. Volunteers and donations are used by organizations such as Toys for Tots to provide free toys, games, meals, and more. Clients range from single moms to seniors and the unemployed. Click more information.
Health and medical care in Omaha region
There are several community clinics in the county that focus on the low income and uninsured. Another priority is on providing free medical or dental care to students. While conditions will vary, in general the patient will need to pay a portion of the bill on their own, and the clinics in Douglas County will subsidize a portion of the costs as well.
All Care Health Center offers check ups, medications, and other support. Referrals to dental cleanings may be offered too. Call (712) 325-1990.
A clinic is at Francis House on 1111 North 17th Street. A wide range of services are provided by doctors, nurses, and volunteers, ranging from immunizations to xrays and more. Some of the medical or dental care is free, but much of it is offered on a sliding fee scale.
Those are just two examples, and residents of Omaha Nebraska and county county have other providers available to them. Find more Douglas County community clinics.