Assistance Programs in the State of Nebraska

The state of Nebraska has a population of approximately 1.9 million with a poverty rate of 12.4%. The poverty rate among children in Nebraska is at 15%. There are over 227 000 single parents, families and individuals throughout Nebraska living in a state of poverty. Many single parents and families struggle to provide the basic necessities their families need to live normal lifestyles. The state of Nebraska has many assistance programs available to provide relief for it’s low income residents. This guide will list and explain the assistance programs available in Nebraska.

Financial Assistance in Nebraska

Many families struggle with basic expenses and bills on a day to day basis. Families that struggle like this can receive some financial assistance in Nebraska.

Nebraska Temporary Assistance for Needy Families  (TANF)

The Nebraska TANF program  also called Aid to dependant Child (ADC) provides cash assistance to low income families to help them with basic expenses and bills. Each adult that is receiving TANF must partake in the Employment First Program, which provides job training, education, and helps the parents find better employments.

To be eligible for this program you must be of very low income, and have a child under the age of 19 living in your household. To learn more and to apply, visit the Nebraska TANF webpage.

Nebraska Unemployment Insurance (UI)

Nebraska UI provides financial relief payments to those who have lost their job through no fault of their own. You will receive weekly/biweekly payments that are based on a percentage of what you made with your previous employer. You must be looking for employment each week you receive the benefits.

To apply for UI, please click here.

To learn more about this program, check out the Nebraska UI webpage.

Food Assistance in Nebraska

Many single parents and families struggle providing their family with adequate, healthy food. There are some useful food assistance programs for families struggling with food costs.

Nebraska Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

The Nebraska SNAP program provides food assistance to those struggling with their food expenses. The food benefits are received in the form of an electronic benefits transfer card called the Nebraska EBT card. The works similarly to a debit card, to use it simply swipe it at the checkout when you are paying for your groceries.

To be eligible for SNAP you must be of low income, meeting the income requirements. To learn more about SNAP, check out the Nebraska SNAP webpage.

Nebraska Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

The Nebraska WIC program provides free nutritious foods, nutrition education and even health care referrals to pregnant, postpartum or breastfeeding women and their children up to age 5. To receive the food benefits you must be deemed at a nutritional risk by a medical practitioner or doctor.

To be eligible for WIC, you must be of low income, meeting the income requirements. To apply for WIC, you have to contact the WIC office nearest your location. You can use this Nebraska WIC locator to find the office near you. To learn more about WIC, visit the Nebraska WIC webpage.

Nebraska School Breakfast and Lunch Program

The Nebraska School Breakfast and Lunch Program provides free or low cost breakfasts’ and lunches do children of low income families. Your family income in relation to household size determine if the meals are free of charge, or reduced in price.

To be eligible for this program, you must meet the low income requirements. To apply for this program you must directly contact that school that your child attends.To learn more about this program, you can visit the Nebraska School Nutrition webpage.

Nebraska Food Banks

There are numerous food banks located throughout Nebraska that provide free food for those who are in need. If you are struggling with food and hunger do not hesitate to visit a food bank. To find a food bank in your area of the state, use this list of Nebraska Food Banks.

Medical Assistance in Nebraska

Medical costs are very high, making it essential to have some sort of medical coverage. If you are of low income you can be eligible for Medicaid.

Nebraska Medical Assistance Program

The Nebraska Medical Assistance Program is the name for Medicaid in Nebraska, which provides medical coverage to those who do not have any other medical insurance. Nebraska Medicaid covers the cost of a variety of health related expenses and services such as:

  • doctor’s visits
  • prescription drugs
  • lab tests and X-rays ordered by doctors
  • hospital care
  • eye care
  • dental care
  • treatments
  • vaccination
  • MRI’s

Your income in relation to the number of people living in your household is the deciding factor to determine your eligibility for Medicaid.Also, the income guidelines differ based on the age groups. To learn more about eligibility and to apply, check out the Nebraska Medicaid webpage.

Nebraska Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP)

The Nebraska CHIP program provides medical coverage to children who do not qualify under Medicaid. Nebraska CHIP covers all the health services that Medicaid covers.

It is a lot easier to qualify for CHIP because the income guidelines are lower. To be eligible for CHIP, you must meet these income guidelines. To learn more about CHIP in Nebraska and to apply, check out the Nebraska CHIP website.

Child Care Assistance in Nebraska

Many single parents and families struggle with expensive child care costs. Some parents cannot work full time because they have to stay home with their child because the child costs are to high. There are some child care assistance programs available for low income single parents and families.

Nebraska Child Care Subsidy Program

The Nebraska child care subsidy program helps pay for a portion of child care costs for low income families. To be eligible for this program, the parents must either be employed, looking for employment or be enrolled in school or job training.

To see the income limits, and to learn more about the Nebraska Child Care Subsidy, check out the Nebraska Child Care Subsidy webpage.

Nebraska Head Start Program

The Nebraska Head Start Program provides child care supervision and assists young children from the ages of 0-5 to develop the social and behavioural skills needed for school. In order to be eligible for this program you must be of low income. To take a look at the income guidelines please click here. Check out the Nebraska Head Start website to learn more and to apply.

Housing Assistance In Nebraska

Housing and rental costs can be very high, making it difficult for the low income to make rent payments or afford their first mortgage. Fortunately, there are numerous rental and housing programs available.

Nebraska Low Income Public Housing Program

The Nebraska Low Income Public Housing Program allows low income single parents and families to receive reduced rent payments in housing owned by the local Housing Agencies, whether it be an apartment, single houses or condos, however you are usually placed in apartments. Basically, the state of Nebraska provides funding to local housing agencies (HAs).These local housing agencies will then provide the funds to low income families or single parents to ensure they safe and sanitary housing with rent payments that they can afford to pay.

To begin the application process, you must go through your local Housing Agency. You can use this list of Nebraska Public Housing Agencies provides an in depth list of all the Housing Agencies located across Nebraska. Once you find the Housing Agency in your area, you can contact them to find out the specific income guidelines required, as well as any details or questions you might have about the program.

Nebraska Housing Choice Voucher Program

The Nebraska Housing Choice Voucher Program allows low income single parents and families  to be able to receive reduced rent costs for safe and sanitary housing in housing of their own choice. Unlike the Low Income Housing Program, this program allows you to search for your own suitable housing which can be a lot more convenient then living in pre arranged housing. Once you have chosen your home, the Housing Agencies provides a ‘voucher’ to your landlord which covers a portion of your rent payments. You will only pay a portion of your total rent payment, usually 30-40% of the total rent cost.

To be eligible for this program you must also be of very low income, which is discussed with your local Housing Agency. To apply you must contact the Housing Agency in your area of Nebraska and set up an appointment.

Nebraska Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

The Nebraska LIHEAP program assist low income households with their heating and cooling costs. This program will pay a portion of electricity, fuel oil, gas and coal costs by paying a portion of your energy bill directly to your vendor on your behalf.The amount of your bill that is paid depends on your income and resources. Resources include certain assets you might. have as well as investments.

To be eligible you must meet the low income requirements. To learn more about LIHEAP and to apply, check out the Nebraska LIHEAP webpage.

Nebraska Low Income Weatherization Program (WAP)

The Nebraska WAP program will perform services such as adding insulation, fixing air leaks, replacing A/C units and more. The purpose of this program is to makes homes more energy efficient, which will result in lower energy bills.

To be eligible for this program, you must meet the low income requirements. To learn more about this program and to apply, check out the Nebraska WAP webpage.

Nebraska First Time Home Buyer Programs

The state of Nebraska offers many first time home buyers programs for those looking to purchase their first home. Nebraska offers many programs that provide down payment assistance up to 5% of the mortgage amount, closing costs assistance as well as locking down the best interest rates possible.

For a look at all the First Time Home Buyers Programs available, check out this list of Nebraska Home Buyers Programs.

Transportation Assistance in Nebraska

Transportation costs can be an issue for those who do not own vehicle. Taxi fares are not cheap, however there are better alternatives to taking a taxi. You can also receive free transpiration for medical services in Nebraska

Nebraska Transportation Service

The Nebraska Medical Transport Service will provide free or very low cost rides to those who are low income, or enrolled under Medicaid. You can receive free rides for any medical appointments and tests as well as rides to grocery stores to buy food. You cannot use this services for recreation reasons.

To learn more about this service check out the Nebraska Transportation Service website.

Uber/Lyft

There are two driving services that work similar to a taxi service, however the drivers will drive you where you need to go in their own vehicles. The prices are cheaper than taking a cab, saving you good money over time. These services have apps making it easy to order rides. Check out uber.com and lyft.com to learn more.

Legal Assistance in Nebraska

Legal costs are very expensive, make legal advice inaccessible for low income individuals. Fortunately, you can find discounted and even free legal services throughout Nebraska.

Nebraska Legal Aid Organization

The Nebraska Legal Aid Organization offers several different areas of legal advice and assistance that can be very helpful. This organization is a non profit legal firm to help low income residents of Nebraska. It has a large database of where to find legal advice based on your current situation. Many of the legal services provided helps with issues that include domestic violence, employment issues, evictions, family law and more. To find a legal service that can be of help to you and to learn more, you can check out the Nebraska Legal Organization website.

The State of Nebraska does a really good job ensuring there are programs in place for the low income and needy residents of the state. If you are of low income and need assistance there is a program that can help you with your situation.

Links and Resources

Nebraska Benefits Page

Nebraska Housing and Rental Assistance Resource

Nebraska.gov

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