$10 Million Rent Assistance Program in Douglas County, NE Launches July 17, 2020

Today, the Douglas County Board in Nebraska launched its CARES Act Rental Assistance Program with an initial funding of $10 million. The program aids low and moderate income individuals whose income has been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides direct payments to an applicant’s landlord of the lesser of: (a) four (4) months of household rent; or (b) $4,000. Funds will be used toward rent and late fee expenses incurred on or after April 1, 2020.

Individuals seeking aid must meet the following requirements:

  • Douglas County resident
  • US Citizen or qualified resident alien
  • Had household income below 100% of the area median income before COVID-19
    • Persons in Family: Moderate Income Limits in Douglas County – 1:$60,900; 2:$69,600; 3:$78,300; 4:$87,000; 5:$93,950; 6:$100,900; 7:$107,900; 8:$114,850
  • Applicant is listed on the rental/lease agreement
  • Income was negatively impacted due to COVID-19
  • Inability to pay rent due to COVID-19

Potential applicants will also be ask to present required documentation:

  • Photo ID
  • Demonstration of financial hardship in the form of pay stub(s) or income documentation (e.g. unemployment document, furlough letter, letter from employer showing reduction of hour/wages) prior to job loss or reduction in income due to COVID-19
  • Copy of current lease
  • Verification from landlord stating amount/month(s) owed, Notice to Vacate, or Eviction
  • Completed W-9 from landlord
  • Statement from landlord stating will not evict for nonpayment for the months of assistance received through the COVID-19 Douglas County Rental Assistance Program

The application and other helpful documents are available in English and Spanish at Rent Assistance Program. Applications will be accepted beginning July 27, 2020. The public is encouraged to take the 10 days to look over the application and prepare the necessary documents.

A printable version of this information can be found by clicking HERE.


Authors: Mark Brasee

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