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Rental assistance in Omaha and Douglas County.

Find churches, government agencies and charities in Omaha and Douglas County that provide rent and housing assistance. Individuals who are faced with a financial emergency, that lost their job, or who may be classified as working poor may be able to qualify for grants, section 8 vouchers or cash assistance. The funds can help pay rent, security deposits, storage or moving costs or other housing expenses.

Priority is often for single mothers, the elderly and disabled in Douglas County Nebraska. Below are listed many of the Omaha area charities, government organizations, churches and housing agencies that can facilitate emergency rent help to those in need. Many of the locations have income restrictions, and can only provide very limited amounts of financial assistance for bills or housing. However anyone that needs help may be able to get immediate assistance with past due rent or they can apply for section 8 vouchers, legal aid to stop an eviction as well as other support.

A number of services and resources are administered for people who need assistance. Referrals to federal government and state of Nebraska rent assistance, section 8 tenant housing, free legal support and low income resources may be available too. Learn more on section 8 applications.

Housing Authorities
Low income disabled and elderly may qualify for subsidized housing, section 8 vouchers, or event emergency HUD programs. Is a source for information on local homeless shelters and low income apartments. They also run public housing resources, home buying programs, as well as the section 8 HUD housing choice voucher program.

Housing programs are wide ranging. They include section 8 HUD vouchers, public housing, senior public housing services, and transitional services. In addition, the authority contracts with HUD to provide low and moderate income individuals with safe, affordable and sanitary housing through rent subsidies and vouchers.

  • Douglas County location is 5404 North 107th Plaza, Omaha, Nebraska 68134, phone number (402) 444-6203
  • Omaha Housing Authority address is 1823 Harney St, Omaha, NE 68102. Call (402) 444-4200 or (402)-444-6900.

Holy Family Door Ministry. Offers food, rent help, deposits, medications, and other aid. 1715 Izard Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68102, call (402) 341-6561

 

 

 

Family Self Sufficiency Program – Learn about and apply for federal government section 8 housing. In addition, clients who are on section 8 can qualify for a 5 year voluntary rent assistance program offered to any public housing resident. Also provides the low income with education opportunities, job readiness and any other rent or housing advice/assistance that is needed to become self sufficient over the long term. 4401 North 21st Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68110, (402) 444-7100

Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless – They coordinate many housing services across Omaha and the region. One is the Homelessness Prevention Services Program for Douglas County families. It can provide funds to prevent evictions, pay first month’s rent or security deposits. Also provides referrals to federal government assistance.

The coalition is made up of non-profits and other groups, some of which offer loans as a form of emergency rent assistance. Other solutions can include placement into low income apartments, referrals to grants and more. The address is in Omaha, but call (402) 444-6666 for referrals.

Douglas County General Assistance – Focuses on offering federal government and state of Nebraska public assistance, including emergency rental assistance for those without children. Also offers nonfood vouchers. The addresses are 111 S 41st St Omaha, NE 68105 or 4102 Woolworth Avenue, Omaha, NE 68105. Phone (402) 444-6215

St. Vincent de Paul – Distributes rent and heating/energy assistance. Food pantry and clothing also available on site for the low income and working poor. In a crisis, and last resort, there may be free motel or hotel vouchers. ​1715 Izard St. Omaha NE 68102. The helpline is at (402) 346-5445

 

 

 

 

Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership – Learn about and get help applying for rent and housing programs. Three locations are in Douglas County, including 2406 Fowler Ave (North), 5155 South 36th St. (South), and 1908 Hancock Street (Sarpy). Eviction prevention services and advice is available too. They cover both Omaha and Bellevue, NE. Call (402) 453-5656 or (402) 213-7131. Find more details on housing assistance from Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership.

Heartland Family Service - Neighborhood Emergency Services – A wide variety of services and resources are provided, including rent help and energy bills. The non-profit operates out of two offices, which are at 6720 North 30th Street Omaha, Nebraska 68112 and 302 American Parkway, Papillion, NE 68046. Call (402) 451-6244 or (402) 553-3000.

Siena Francis House is focused on veterans, including SSVF grants for rent help. Location is 1702 Nicholas St., Omaha, NE 68102. Main number is (402) 341-1821. A homeless shelter is for veterans. They assist with PTSD as well as alcohol and drug counseling. Veterans can get housing assistance, information on future rent payment programs, employment and more.

Garland Thompson's Men Center - Address is 2809 N 20th St E, Omaha, NE 68110. Main number is (402) 829-1531. Programs include homeless prevention, emergency shelters, outreach, permanent supportive housing, and details on section 8 and Housing First.

Catholic Charity churches offers emergency financial help (including for rent), free items and more. Main address is 5211 S 31st St, Omaha, NE 68107. Telephone number is (402) 731-5413. Financial aid for rent, utility bills and deposits can help stop homelessness. Or immigrants can get legal or housing assistance. There is also financial planning, budgeting, and information on saving money to pay for a future security deposit.

Metro Home BASE, based in Omaha, may provide emergency rental assistance to single parents and moms. A goal is to keep the family together, and if an eviction is being caused by unpaid utilities, then aid may be provided for that too. Services can assist adults who have serious mental illness to access decent, safe, affordable housing. The non-profit organization may also provide rental assistance and in some cases assistance with paying for security or utility deposits. Call (402) 934-2273.

FHAS of Omaha can help people move to a more affordable home, assist with rent payments if the tenant has an eviction notice, and may also have loans for paying security deposits. Counseling and other services are offered in addition to any rental or energy assistance. (402) 934-7921.

Regional eviction prevention and rehousing services operate across Douglas County. What may be provided to tenants, in addition to emergency rent help, is money for moving costs, motel vouchers, legal support and cash grants for utility or rental deposits. All of the aid will keep families housed. More details on Douglas County eviction assistance.

 

 

 

 

Douglas County free legal aid can assist with housing needs, include provide advice and representation to low income families or seniors with a pay or quit notice. The Douglas County lawyers will also address unsafe homes, help prevent utility disconnections, and offer landlord / tenant mediation. The address is 209 S. 19th Street, NE, 68102. Or dial 402-348-1069 for an appointment.

Salvation Army of Douglas County Nebraska. Similar to above in types of programs and social services offered. Homeless shelters, transitional housing, grants to pay rental arrears, furniture and other assistance is offered. Location is 707 North “I” Street, Fremont, NE 68025, telephone (402) 721-0930 or try the Family Services center at 6101 NW Radial Hwy, Omaha, Nebraska 68104. Dial (402) 898-5860.

Omaha World-Herald Goodfellows funds – They may help with paying housing or rent expenses as a last resort. At most can assist with offering one time financial help if the assistance can’t be found anywhere else. There may be funds for rental arrears, heating bills and security deposit. Several agencies screen applicants, including the United Way of the Midlands ((402) 444-6666).

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operate the Rapid Rehousing Program. Call the charity to get information housing resources, including Metro Area Continuum of Care. There is also rental and housing grants from the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. Offers rent and mortgage help, as well as other seasonal services such as, furniture, infant care, transportation, and pantry. 1616

  • 812 S 24th St, Omaha, NE 68108. Main number is (402) 345-8047
  • Together, Inc. Of Metropolitan Omaha, 1616 Cass St, Omaha, NE 68102. Main number is (402) 345-8047

Southern Sudan Community Association offers assistance, including rent, housing, and placement resources, for African immigrants. The location is 3610 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE 68131. Whether from Sudan or another African county, rent help, food, vouchers, guidance and more is available. Call (402) 554-0759.

COPE (Christian Outreach Program) – Administers financial assistance for rent, employment, housing, legal assistance for landlord/tenant issues, and other aid.  Address is  1620 N 203rd St, Elkhorn, NE 68022. Call (402) 616-2330.

Society of St Vincent De Paul gives immediate rent help to those who qualify as well as free basic needs, such as furniture or clothes. Various parishes and volunteers help the poor, elderly, and vulnerable in Douglas County. A focus is on people with eviction or utility disconnection notices, and this is who the rent assistance can assist. Location is 4320 Fort Street, Omaha, NE 68102. Call (402) 779-8499.

Open Door Mission helps the homeless. Permanent housing placement, information on storage or security deposit help, meals, and more is offered. They focus on permanent housing stability from 2828 North 23rd Street East, Omaha, Nebraska 68110. Call 402-422-1111.

 

 

 

 

 

 

United Way Omaha referral services - If all of those resources do not work, then dial 211 for additional referrals. Financial assistance for rent, housing, utilities and deposit expenses may be offered by other charities in Douglas County. There may also information on free hotel or motel vouchers for the homeless.

Family Housing Advisory Services – Mostly focused on home buying. Services offered include home and apartment search for homeless. They also have free information on tenant, renter and homeowner rights, home ownership and buying programs. Address is 2416 Lake Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68111. for information, dial 402-650-2160. .

Ponca Tribe of Nebraska would only help Native Americans (as resources allow). There is rent or housing assistance, education funding, advice, permanent housing placement and other services. They advocate for low-income, struggling Native Americans as well. The office is at 2602 J Street, Omaha, NE - 68107. Call (402) 733-3612 or (402) 734-5275.

 

By Jon McNamara

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