Financial aid to Omaha tenants on the verge of homelessness

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – If you’re behind on your rent, help is available. On Thursday, the city of Omaha and MAACH Connect launched a campaign to ensure people are aware of the $ 22 million federal government allocated.

After receiving $ 22,248,295.10 from the U.S. Treasury Department, Omaha selected Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless as a local nonprofit partner.

“Since April, MACCH has developed and started the local application process for the distribution of funds to qualified households,” says the press release on Thursday.

The funds are intended to help those affected by the pandemic with rent, ancillary costs and other expenses. To qualify, applicants must live in Omaha and one or more people in the household must be qualified to be unemployed or otherwise have evidence of how the COVID-19 pandemic caused financial hardship. Household income must be at or below 80% and the applicant must be at risk of becoming homeless in order to qualify.

“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our community financially. Therefore, the City of Omaha is proud to work with MACCH to distribute funds fairly to Omaha residents who have faced financial difficulties during this period,” Mayor Jean Stothert said on Thursday’s news release. “The Omaha MACCH Emergency Rental Assistance Program is your key to rental recovery and can help you stay in your home.”

Property owners and managers are also entitled to apply, but only one application can be made per address, so it is recommended to coordinate with the tenants before submitting the application.

Anyone who needs help starting the application can call 211.

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