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Assistance programs Sarpy County.

Find financial assistance programs for low-income families in Sarpy County. Charities, churches and government agencies provide grant money to help with rent or electric bills. There are also free boxes of groceries, medial and dental services and other resources. Get financial help near you in Sarpy County.

A focus is on helping single mothers, seniors and the disabled in the county, including the cities of Papillion and Bellevue. Any hardship funds to help with housing or bills is combined with free stuff in Sarpy County, ranging from clothes, job training as well as items for kids including school supplies or Christmas toys.

Emergency financial assistance, food, free stuff 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 free food. personal hygiene supplies and groceries to those in need
  • Free diapers may be provided for newborns. They help low-income families and single moms in Sarpy County, and learn more on how to get diapers for free.
  • Information on other assistance programs, such as how to get mortgage help.
  • PCHL may offer grants for security deposits or place families into a homeless shelter. There is also transitional housing in Bellevue as well as Sarpy County.
  • 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 more information on Heartland Family Service assistance programs.

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.
  • Low income internet subsidies - Sarpy County families can apply for government programs for internet, including high speed. More on low income internet.
  • Tax Preparation - Offers free tax preparation from VITA for low-income families and seniors.

Call the community action agency at (402) 292-2961 or (402) 453-5656. A number of other services are available for low income families in Papillion as well as the surrounding county. Learn more on help from ENCAP.

Salvation Army has social services and operates a thrift store in Sarpy County. Find low cost furniture, clothing, winter coats, and more. There may be free vouchers in some cases for qualified low-income families or formerly homeless people. There are also emergency housing programs (shelters) as well as free vouchers for gas to get to work or a motel room.

Referrals may be given to other social services, maybe even financial aid for bills, food, or meal services. The Salvation Army also has seasonal help, including free Christmas toys from Angel Tree, Thanksgiving turkey dinners or back to school supplies for students. 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 free 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.

Sarpy County General Assistance is a last resort. When all other charities and government benefits have been applied too and/or used, GA will help in a hardship. Get rent money, funds for utility bills, household stuff and free vouchers, including for gas to get to work or a motel room for a crisis. There is also Xmas toys for kids and food baskets from 1308 E Gold Coast Rd, Papillion, NE 68046. Phone: (402) 593-4400

Catholic Charities of Sarpy County is part of the greater Omaha division. Get free clothes, food, and limited, emergency financial help. There is low-cost legal aid, help for migrant farm workers or women facing DV and other resources from the Catholic Charity churches. They help people of all ages, races, reliegions, backgrounds and ethnicities, and call 402-554-0520.

Sarpy County Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services provides public assistance and government benefits from 4715 S 132nd St, Omaha, NE 68137. Find applications for SNAP (food assistance), free day care, TANF, Medicaid insurance, and other public assistance programs. Call (402) 595-1258

Resources for food in Sarpy County

Bellevue Food Pantry is one of the major places for free food, groceries and personal stuff. Low-income families, seniors and others will get produce, shelf stable food as well as free holiday meals. The address is 1912 Hancock St, Bellevue, NE 68005. Phone: (402) 292-2961

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional free 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 read on free food pantries in Sarpy County NE area.

Free community health care clinic

OneWorld Community Health Centers -is a sliding fee medical center. The clinic is at 2207 Georgia Ave., Bellevue, NE 68147. Phone: (402) 502-8855

Magis Medical Clinic operates as a free medical clinic and will provide care to patients of all income levels. There are wellness checks, free basic dental, physicals, OB/GYN doctors and more. The care is offered regardless of insurance for free regardless of their homeless status, income level or insurance. There is also free health for patients on Medicaid or that have no money. They may also be able to provide free medications. Call (888) 218-4692 or 402-881-0143.

There are several other free community clinics in the county. Each has their own programs and services they offer. Read more on free medical and dental in Sarpy County.

 

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