Federal government providing pandemic rent relief in Nebraska

Two-hundred-million dollars allocated to Nebraska
Pete Ricketts
Posted at 10:05 AM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 12:46:29-05

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts held a press conference to discuss FFA week and housing assistance for Nebraskans.

The federal government is providing the state with $200 million of funding for a rent assistance program. It will be available to people who can show proof that their ability to pay was directly or indirectly impacted by the pandemic.

An official with the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority said landlords or renters can apply on behalf of the renter and aid can be applied to back-due rent or utilities as far back as April of last year. The program has a cap of a $20,000 or 15 months.

People who live outside of Douglas County, Lancaster County, Omaha and Lincoln can apply for the program at People can also call 833-500-8810 for more information and assistance with the application. Applicants are urged to read through FAQs on the site to ensure they have the proper documentation before applying.

People who live in Douglas County, Lancaster County, Omaha and Lincoln will need to apply with their local county and city governments to take advantage of the program.

If funds are exhausted in those areas, the state has the option of allocating additional funding from the $200 million fund.

Last week, some COVID-19 vaccine shipments didn’t arrive due to weather-related issues. Ricketts said they should be back on track by the end of the day.

The governor also an order proclaiming this week FFA Week in the state.

Watch his remarks below or on our Facebook page.

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