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Omaha nonprofit receives $3.5 million to fight homelessness

Posted at 6:08 PM, Feb 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-09 19:08:21-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Omaha City Council formally approved a plan from Mayor Jean Stothert that gives out millions of dollars to organizations throughout the city. Over $3.5 million is going to the Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless, known as MAACH. The organization works with nonprofits and government entities to help prevent homelessness. The group already received $1.5 million in 2020 and will get another two million after the council vote Tuesday.

The money will be used to help those needing help in paying their rent and mortgage and will also help fund attorneys for those going to eviction court through Legal Aid of Nebraska.

“This is an opportunity to form a closer partnership with Legal Aid and provide an assistance that we thought was really going to be needed, given everything that is going on,” says Randy McCoy, Executive Director of MAACH.

McCoy also says organizations and the county helped give out around $25-$30 million in rent and mortgage assistance in 2020, and expects they’ll need to hand out millions more this year.