The City of Lincoln has been providing housing and utility assistance since July 2020 when CARES Act funding became available. If the pandemic has prevented you or someone you know from paying for housing and utilities, financial assistance may be available. Money to pay for gas, electricity, water, and rent payments is available now to those who qualify. These funds do not have to be repaid. To qualify, you must meet income guidelines, and need must be a result of COVID-19.
As of May 2021, 1,647 households in Lincoln have been helped with $5.4 million in rent, mortgage, and utility assistance.
Residents can apply for assistance at www.lincoln.ne.gov/City/Mayor/Housing-Utility-Assistance. To apply by telephone, call 402-413-2085.
With additional funds made available to the City in January, the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation has taken on the distribution of payments process. With passage of the American Rescue Plan in March, additional funds will be available and expanded to include assistance with mortgage payments.
Prosper Lincoln’s Affordable Housing Target Area is led by Wynn Hjermstad, Community Development Manager for the City of Lincoln, Urban Development Department.