Mayor highlights COVID-19 resources for Lincoln residents

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird highlighted several resources available to resident needing help amid the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). 
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Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird highlighted several resources available to resident needing help amid the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The City website, lincoln.ne.gov, has links to community resources and information on the actions city departments are taking to address the crisis. Residents can click on the COVID-19 banner at the top of the city’s home page or visit covid19.lincoln.ne.gov.

Other Resources Available: 

  • The free MyLNK app’s directory includes services and resources from nearly 500 organizations and 1,000 programs in the area. Mayor Gaylor Baird thanked Leadership Lincoln, Don’t Panic Labs, and the Center for People in Need for developing the app and all the nonprofits who have contributed to the directory.
  • The United Way’s 211 line provides information on services available in Nebraska and Iowa. To access this information, call 211 or text your zip code to 898211 to be connected to a helpline specialist.
  • County residents can apply for general assistance through Lancaster County Human Services. Eligible clients can receive assistance for medical care; vouchers for non-food necessities such as household and personal care supplies; and deposit, rent, and utilities assistance.
  • Governor Pete Ricketts has announced that the State is waiving some requirements for obtaining unemployment benefits to assist those who were laid off or told to go home because of the coronavirus.

From March 22 through May 2, the State is waiving the one-week wait time to start collecting benefits, as well as the requirement that people receiving benefits look for work. The State is also waiving charges to employers for providing benefits to their former employees. More information is available at the Department of Labor’s website, dol.nebraska.gov.

  • Food assistance is available from the Lincoln Food Bank (lincolnfoodbank.org) and Foodnet. (foodnetlincoln.org).
  • The Community Action Partnership and its Homelessness Prevention Services offer emergency rent assistance, landlord and tenant mediation, and information regarding tenant rights. For more information, visit communityactionatwork.org.

For more information on the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, visit health.lincoln.ne.gov or call 402-441-8006.

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