COVID-19 Rental Assistance is available to Omaha tenants and landlords on April 5th

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – The City of Omaha is rolling out its emergency rental assistance program next week.

Omaha has received $ 22,248,295.10 in funding from the U.S. Treasury Department to provide rental and utility assistance to eligible applicants – renters and landlords – according to an announcement from Mayor Jean Stothert’s office.

The program does not provide mortgage assistance.

The city expects to support 10,000 to 12,000 renters with the program, which is managed by the Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless, or MACCH, which will work with other nonprofits to bring the program up and running. Generally, approved funds are paid directly to landlords or utility companies.

The registration portal is expected to open to residents of Douglas County on Monday, April 5th at macchconnect.org. From the same day, people who need help by phone can call 211 on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

To qualify, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident with their name on a rental agreement for a rental within the Omaha city limits. According to the press release, applicants must also be:

  • At or below 80% of median annual income based on household size. For one-person households, this means $ 48,750 annually; $ 55,700 for two person households; $ 62,650 for three person households; $ 69,600 for households of four; $ 75,200 for five; $ 80,750 for six; $ 76,350 for seven; and $ 91,900 for households of eight people.
  • Can prove a financial loss due to COVID-19 by at least one person in the household or have at least one person there receiving a salary cut or unemployment benefit.
  • On the verge of housing instability or homelessness.

During the application process, applicants must submit:

  • Proof that you have been financially affected by COVID-19, including proof of job loss, notice of layoff, letter of unemployment, or other signed certificate of the effects.
  • Current rental or rental agreement, in which the name and address of the applicant are given.
  • Rental certificate or notice stating a balance of the rent owed.
  • Driver’s license or other official ID from the head of the household.
  • Proof of income for all household members liable to pay contributions, e.g. B. 1040s, current pay slips, unemployment claims or other contribution statements.

Property owners and managers are required to submit additional documentation, including proof of ownership and a W9. You can also submit an application on behalf of your tenant, but require a written power of attorney, which must be proven during the application process.

“Providing financial aid for rental and operating costs is one of the top priorities of my checklist for the recovery from the 2021 pandemic. This program continues our aid distribution across our city,” said Stothert in the press release.

Similar help portals are already available on macchconnect.org for residents of Sarpy County and residents of Nebraska and Iowa outside of the subway.

Correction: An earlier version of this story contained an incorrect date label. 6 News regrets the mistake.

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