- Practice Areas
- Request Consultation
- Make a Payment
On February 22, 2021, Nebraska rolled out its Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) relief program to help low-income households unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Rental Assistance program makes $158 million dollars available to qualified Nebraska renters. This program excludes Douglas and Lancaster Counties because Douglas County, Lancaster County, City of Lincoln, and City of Omaha will be administering their own local programs:
The Emergency Rental Assistance program currently provides assistance from April 1, 2020 to November 30, 2021. This particular program is for renters only and homeowners are not eligible. Renters must be low-income households as determined in one of two approaches.
The first approach uses the Adjusted Gross Income on the Internal Revenue Service Form 1040 for 2020. The second approach uses total household monthly income at the time of application for at least the two months prior to application submission. With this method, income eligibility is reassessed every 3 months. Additionally, a renter with a roommate or roommates may apply but the renter must be on the lease to qualify. Renters receiving unemployment benefits may apply for this program as long as they meet eligibility requirements.
An eligible Nebraska renter may use funds to pay for rent and utility expenses up to $20,000 during the life of the program. A resident may apply for up to 12 months back rent (but no earlier than April 1, 2020) and up to three months future rent, but only for a maximum total of 15 months assistance.
Utility expenses covered by this program include electricity, gas, water, sewer, trash and removal services, as well as other energy costs such as fuel oil. Telephone, cell phone, internet, and the like are not covered. Only utilities paid by the renter are eligible for reimbursement. If a landlord pays for certain utilities out of the rent he or she receives, that utility is not eligible for reimbursement. Funds can also be used for late fees up to 10% of approved rent paid.
How do you know if you are eligible? If you answer ‘yes’ to all of the following, you are eligible.
Additionally, to be eligible, you must say ‘yes’ to just one of the following:
Nebraska’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program: https://coronavirus.nebraska.gov/EmergencyRentalAssistanceProgram
For other COVID-19 Resources: https://www.nifa.org/emergency-response-info