Community Resources

Emergency Financial Assistance

Metropolitan Utilities District - Heat Aid Fund

(402) 898-5966: First contact the Nebraska Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  If you do not qualify through LIHEAP, call to schedule an interview for assistance from the Heat Aid Fund.  Funds are distributed through The Salvation Army http://www.mudomaha.com/blog/heat-aid-fund

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services - Low Income Energy Assistance Program

Douglas and Sarpy Counties 1313 Farnam Street - (402) 595-2880: The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides assistance with electricity, fuel oil, gas, coal, wood, kerosene, propane, or other fuel sources for low income individuals and families.  Assistance with heat payments and furnace purchace or repair is available for qualifying households from October 1 to March 31.  Cooling assistance including air conditioning purchase and repair and fans is offered for qualifying households from June 1 to August 31.  Payments are made directly to providers and are limited to one payment per year of no more than $500.  Emergency payments are only offered for during the heating season.  For assistance contact DHHS or apply online.  http://dhhs.ne.gov/children_family_services/Pages/fia_energy.aspx

Omaha Public Power District - Energy Assistance

(402) 343-7755 (Spanish 402-343-7711): First contact the Nebraska Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  If you do not qualify through LIHEAP, call to request assistance from OPPD.  Funds are administered by the American Red Cross  http://www.oppd.com/ResidentialCustomers/Payment/22_001318

Omaha World Herald - Goodfellows

Goodfellows' emergency fund is designed to assist people with one-time, urgent needs that cannot be met through other sources. Goodfellows works with four agencies that screen applicants for the emergency assistance program.

To apply for assistance contact one of the following agencies:

Catholic Charities (South Omaha Residents): (402) 731-5413

Heartland Family Service - Sarpy County: (402) 291-6065 or Douglas County: (402) 457-7792

Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership - Douglas County: (402) 453-5656 ext 200, South Omaha: (402) 595-1122, or Sarpy County: (402) 292-2961

Together, Inc.: (402) 345-8047

United Way: 211 or (402) 444-6666

www.owh.com/section/owh02

Pottawattamie County General Assistance - Council Bluffs

515 5th Avenue - (712) 328-5867: One time financial assistance available for those in need who meet qualifications to pay for current rent or utility bills, propane, medications, and medical co-payments.  General Assistance is a last resort program, so all other options must be accessed first.  Assistance is not available to pay for past month's bills, deposits, charges for connection or reconnection of services, telephones, cable, late fees, rent paid to relatives, over the counter medications, narcotics, or other addictive medications.  General assistance also runs a back to work program which provides limited fianncial assistance for up to three months while an applicant looks for employment and an interim disability program to assist people while they apply for disability.  http://www.pottcounty.com/departments/community-services/general-assista...

Sarpy County General Assistance

(402) 593-4400:  Financial assistance for rent, utilities, and non-food items. Eligibility is based on income and resources. Payments will be made directly to the landlord and/or utility company. Vouchers are provided to purchase non-food items at No Frills Supermarkets. General Assistance will not be used to supplement federal or state assistance programs such as ADC, SSI, or Social Security. www.sarpy.com/humanservices/general_assistance_program.html

Sarpy County Veterans Office - Nebraska Veterans Aid Fund

1308 Gold Coast Road, Suite 100 - (402) 593-2203: Applications considered for emergency  expenditures for monthly expenses to include utilities, food, and housing. http://www.sarpy.com/veterans/county_benefits.html

The Salvation Army - Material Assistance & Seasonal Services (MASS)
3612 Cuming Street OR 2825 Y Street - (402) 898-5860: The Material Assistance & Seasonal Services (MASS) program provides emergency assistance with food, clothing, rent, household items, and prescription drugs.  In addition, seasonal assistance is provided for heat in the winter and fans in the summer.  www.givesalvationarmy.org
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul

(402) 346-5445:  The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers temporary emergency assistance to those experiencing financial difficulties. Services are provided by volunteers who work within specific Catholic parish boundaries. Individuals will be directed to the Catholic parish closest to their home address.  Each group of parish volunteers helps according to its ability.  To find the parish closest to you, please call, or visit our website and complete the “client intake” form online.  It will be forwarded to the main office for review.  http://www.svdpomaha.com/contactus.html

Together, Inc.

812 South 24th Street - (402) 345-8047 extension 205: Together provides short term financial assistance to residents of Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie Counties for rent, utilities and deposits to individuals and families to avoid or end homelessness.  Funds are limited and available on a first come first served basis.  www.togetheromaha.org

West Central Community Action - Council Bluffs

300 West Broadway, Suite 35, Council Bluffs - (712) 322-2621: The Low Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program provides payment for fuel bills, repair and replacement of heating systems, emergency fuel delivery, and the purchase of air conditioners and fans for households that qualify.  Income guidelines, printable application, and a list of required documentation is available at http://www.westcentralca.org/Programs/LIHEAP.html

Education - GED and Adult Basic Education

Bellevue Public Schools Adult Learning Center - GED Classes

2820 Arboretum Drive: 293-5026 - Free GED preparation classes on Mondays from 5:00PM to 9:00PM and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00AM to 1:00PM. No orientation or registration is required, simply attend during open hours. Hours are subject to change, call for current times.

Creighton Educational Opportunity Center

2002 Burt Street - (402) 280-3300: EOC staff will assist persons seeking information or admission into our GED/ABE-Brush-Up classes. GED/ ABE-Brush-Up classes are for those persons who are seeking to obtain their high school equivalency diploma. We provide the tools to prepare students to take and pass their General Education Development test (GED). Class time is customized for each student to allow them to learn at their own pace. All classes are free of charge.  http://www.creighton.edu/eop/eoc/index.php

Creighton Educational Opportunity Center - GED Classes

2002 Burt Street: 280-3300 - Free GED preparation classes offered several times a week. Call to schedule an appointment with an EOC Coordinator to discuss available services and to create a plan to meet your education needs. The EOC is open Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 4:30PM.

https://www.creighton.edu/eop/eoc/

Iowa Western Community College Adult Learning Center - HiSET Classes

300 West Broadway, Suite 12: 712-325-3266 - IWCC is no longer using the GED. They now offer preparation for the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET). HiSET preparation classes are offered at the Omni Center in Council Bluffs. There is a $25 annual registration fee for classes. The HiSET may not be accepted at all Nebraska colleges. Contact your college of interest before enrolling in preparation classes or taking the HiSET exams.

http://www.iwcc.edu/continuing_education/adult_education/

Latino Center of the Midlands

4821 South 24th Street - (402) 733-2720: Offers GED preparation in Spanish, Spanish GED math tutoring, Spanish literacy, Pre-GED skills development, and computer training.  www.latinocenterofthemidlands.org

Metropolitan Community College - GED Classes

Metropolitan Community College: 457-2312
Participation in an orientation is required. Orientation includes assessment testing which takes approximately 6 hours. There is a $25 annual registration fee for classes which is due prior to the winter quarter. The fee is subject to change at any time. Classes are offered at the following locations:
• Fort Omaha, South Omaha, and Elkhorn Campuses
• Fremont Area Center
• MCC Express
• KROC Center
• Heartland Workforce Solutions
• Swanson Library
• Blair High, Ralston Middle, Spring Lake Magnet, and Millard South High Schools

http://www.mccneb.edu/lws/ae/ged.asp

Midlands Literacy Center - GED Classes

324 South 72nd Street: 342-7323 - Free GED preparation and pre-GED classes.  Placement testing will determine current grade level for placement in the appropriate GED preparation classes.  Call to schedule a time to take the placement test.  Testing may take 2-3 hours. http://giveliteracy.org/

Employment Services

Community Alliance - WorkSource Program

4001 Leavenworth Street - (402) 341-5128: Vocational services are available for men and women age 19 and older, with a history of mental illness that has been or is currently being treated and stabilized, identifiable barriers to employment, and a willingness and desire to explore and seek work.  Programming includes career exploration, job placement, and job retention services.  Fees are based on the individual's ability to pay.  Individuals who qualify for assistance under Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation guidelines may receive services for free.  www.community-alliance.org

Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership

2406 Fowler Avenue - (402) 453-5656 ext. 212: Offers a 13 week workshop designed for re-entry into the workforce.  The workshop meets twice a week for 13 weeks and covers life, job search, and employment retention skills for individuals struggling to find employment due to a lack of job seeking skills, personal challenges, or the economy.  Call for more information or to register for the workshop.  www.encapomaha.org

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