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Sarpy County assistance programs.

Emergency financial assistance and other programs

Heartland Family Service - Sarpy County offers numerous programs to low income and people in need. The services and resources they provide include:

  • Comprehensive Emergency Services - This program offers limited utility and heating bill, rent assistance and deposits, and housing assistance for Sarpy County residents only
  • Food Pantry - Distributes food and groceries to those in need
  • Diapers may be provided for newborns
  • Information on other assistance programs, such as how to get mortgage help.
  • PCHL may offer grants for security deposits or place families into a shelter.
  • Adopt a Family and other Christmas programs may offer free toys, meals, or winter coats in Sarpy County.

Call the non-profit at (402) 552-7400. Click here more information.

Energy Assistance - Douglas and Sarpy Counties - The organization, which can be reached at (402) 595-3400, offers emergency assistance programs that may assist with rent and other emergencies. Receive help for paying utility bills; funds for air conditioning expenses, heating unit and furnace replacement, and  water heaters.

Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership (ENCAP) is the local Sarpy County community action agency. The non-profit runs several programs for those in need of help.

  • Emergency Financial Assistance Program - The program provide emergency financial assistance for bills, housing expenses, and other low income customers that meet certain criteria.
  • Commodity Supplemental Food Program - Provides food packages and groceries for qualified seniors, women, and children.





  • Career Clothing Closet ENCAP North - Provides clothes to people in need, with a focus on people who need a job.
  • Tax Preparation - Offers free tax preparation.

Call the community action agency at (402) 453-5656. A number of other services are available for low income families in Papillion as well as the surrounding county. Learn more.

Salvation Army operates a thrift store in Sarpy County. Find low cost furniture, clothing, winter coats, and more. Referrals may be given to other social services, maybe even financial aid for bills, food, or meal services. More on Salvation Army in Sarpy County.

Rent assistance and eviction prevention programs

Family Housing Advisory Services, Inc. runs a program known as Homeless Prevention for Sarpy County and Papillion individuals. The program will help families that are currently housed in a home or apartment but who need temporary rental, utility, or heating bill assistance. The program can also help those who need financial assistance to pay for moving costs when they go to another unit in order to avoid becoming homeless.

The housing assistance program from FHA will help by providing funds as a form of one-time rent and utility bill help. In addition, case management is a required component to receive any type of financial aid or grant from the program. Some applicants may be issued a loan from the non-profit, due to limited resources.

The financial assistance provided hinges on whether or not the household is likely to be stably housed when the assistance program ends. So there are many restrictions in place. Dial (402) 934-6763, or more information Family Housing.




Sarpy County holiday programs are for less fortunate families. Some examples of what may be available to those who apply and are accepted include the following.

  • Hot Thanksgiving or Christmas meals or food baskets.
  • Toys for children to open, including free clothes, boots, gift certificates, and other presents.
  • Find a listing of charities to contact for holiday assistance in Sarpy County.

Resources for food in Sarpy County

Food distribution centers are located across the metropolitan area. Volunteers from Papillion as well as other cities in the county work at many of the pantries. They will provide eligible clients with food in an emergency. Or learn where to turn to for holiday meals, local thrift stores, clothing for school, and more. Continue reading.

Community health care clinic

Magic Medical Clinic operates as a free medical clinic and will provide patients of all income levels and regardless of insurance for free regardless of their homeless status, income level or insurance. they may also be able to provide free medications. Call (888) 218-4692

There are several other community clinics in the county. Each has their own programs and services they offer. Read more.



By Jon McNamara

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