Lincoln to host rent, utility assistance event for residents still struggling post-pandemic

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The City of Lincoln is inviting residents who still need financial assistance as a result of the pandemic to attend a rent and utility assistance event Friday, Nov. 18.

The free event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at Health 360 Integrated Care Clinic, 2301 “O” St.  The city will have staff onsite to provide assistance and issue payments to landlords.

Assistance for gas, electricity, water bills, and rent payments are available to those who qualify.  Payments will be made directly to the utility company or landlord.

Residents who receive these funds do not have to repay the city.

To qualify, residents must meet the following income guidelines:

  • 1 person: $50,750
  • 2 people: $58,000
  • 3 people: $62,500
  • 4 people: $72,500
  • 5 people: $78,300
  • 6 people: $84,100
  • 7 people: $89,900
  • 8 people: $95,700

The recipient’s needs must result from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Households that have already received 15 months of rental assistance are not eligible.

Examples of financial impact as a result of COVID-19 include:

  • A reduction of wages or hours reduced
  • A layoff or pause in work
  • Absence from work due to illness, caring for a sick household member or caring for a child
  • Additional or increased health costs
  • Additional costs from working at home

Interested residents must bring the following: 

  • Copy of lease or rental agreement
  • Copy of utility bills, including internet bills
  • If there is no lease, a recent utility bill or document verifying your address
  • Proof of income, such as a federal tax return, two most recent pay stubs or a bank statement showing a paycheck deposit
  • Those behind on rent should bring a letter or information from the landlord indicating the amount owed and/or how many months the resident is behind

Residents may also attend with their landlords, who will be able to sign payment agreements and receive rent money in person.

Lancaster County residents looking for assistance outside of city limits can find more information here.

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