LINCOLN, NE (February 22, 2021) – This morning, Governor Pete Ricketts hosted a press conference at the State Capitol to announce the launch of the State’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The program, funded through the U.S. Treasury as part of a federal coronavirus relief package, is available to eligible tenants and landlords. The State’s program provides assistance for both rent and certain utilities. The program is available for renters and not homeowners according to federal guidance.
Some localities in Nebraska are receiving federal funds directly, and they are or will operate rental assistance programs separately from the State. These include the City of Lincoln, where a program has been in operation since last July, the City of Omaha, and Douglas County.
The Nebraska Investment Finance Authority (NIFA) is coordinating with the State to administer the rental assistance program. Shannon Harner, NIFA’s Executive Director, joined the Governor to discuss who is eligible and how to apply. Starting today, Nebraskans outside of Lancaster and Douglas Counties can apply online at coronavirus.nebraska.gov.
At this morning’s press conference, Gov. Ricketts also proclaimed February 20-27 as “FFA Week” in Nebraska. State FFA President Madison Stracke of Stuart spoke about activities FFA has planned in 2021. Nebraska FFA Foundation board member Lance Atwater—who farms near Ayr, Nebraska—talked about his personal experiences with FFA and its benefits to the state.
Shannon Harner: Emergency Rental Assistance Program
o Applicants residing in these areas will have the ability to apply to those respective programs around the beginning of March, with more information to be provided as it becomes available.
o If the separate area funds are fully exhausted, and need still exists in those areas, the remaining State fund will then become available to persons in those areas.
o A copy of the current lease with the applicant as a party to that lease.
o Contact with the landlord for verification of current tenancy, amounts due, or other application information.
o A demonstrated loss of household income as a result, either directly or indirectly, of COVID-19.
Madison Stracke: FFA
Lance Atwater: FFA
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