COVID-19 Information and Resources


This information is rapidly changing as new resources, policies, and guidance are updated.  Please continue checking back for more information. 

STATE HOTLINE for COVID-19 Information: (402) 552-6645        8AM - 8PM CST - 7 Days a Week

Helpful Links

Central Navigator contact

  •  Blue Valley CYI Collena Laschanzky 402-729-6510 | claschanzky@bvca.net Polk, Butler, York, Seward, Fillmore, Saline, Thayer, Jefferson, Gage, Cass, Otoe, Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee, Richardson

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Basic Needs

Nebraska 211 
Nebraska 211 keeps an accurate and comprehensive database that you can use to find health and human services to meet your needs.

Project Response

Effective Wednesday, March 18th - April 1st (tentatively):

Project Response and The Neighborhood Closet will begin taking safety precautions against COVID-19.

What does this mean? Project Response will not be open for walk-in services and The Neighborhood Closet will be closed. Services will still be provided through our 24/7 crisis hotline, 1-800-456-5764. During this time, clothing vouchers and personal care items will not be given out.

Project Pantry will still be OPEN Monday-Thursday from 1 - 4. HOWEVER, you must call to make an appointment to pick up food; we will not be allowing anyone to come into the office during this time.

Southest Nebraska Community Action (SENCA)

  • Johnson County 402-335-2134
  • Nemaha County 402-274-4666
  • Otoe County 402-873-6459
  • Pawnee County 402-852-2208
  • Richardson County 402-245-5284

Financial Assistance

  • Emergency Assistance (EA) to Needy Families with Children 
    - Must have dependent child in the home
    - If already on Economic Assistance program- no separate application just call and request assistance
    - Must be sustainable
    - High priority processing - usually a 24-hour turn around
    - Only eligible one time in a 12 month period of time
    If you are on assistance already, just call to the Economic Assistance line and request emergency assistance
  • Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) 
    The ADC Program provides financial payments to dependent children, age 18 or younger, and eligible parents who meet financial eligibility requirements.
    During the national emergency for COVID-19, Good Cause will be granted to all Employment First individuals who did not meet the work requirement beginning the month of March until further notice
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) 
    Assists low-income households in meeting energy costs. Benefits are based on family size, fuel type, and geographic residency in the state. Due to the impact of COVID-19, there may be an increase in the number of households requesting LIHEAP crisis assistance. DHHS may consider the inability to pay home energy costs as a result of the impact of COVID-19 as an extenuating circumstance.
  • Bartender Emergency Assistance Program  - Through the USBG National Charity Foundation, for bartenders seeking emergency assistance funds.

Suspending Utility Disconnection

  • OPPD  - The utility understands some customers may experience challenges during this time. To support them, Burke said OPPD will suspend disconnections for non-payment through April 30. At that time, the utility will re-evaluate this moratorium.  OPPD reminds customers who pay their utility bills at our facilities or Moneygram locations, there are alternative payment methods available to limit person-to-person contact. You can pay your bill online at oppd.com, via the OPPDConnect app, or by phone by calling 402-536-4131 in Omaha, or 1-877-536-4131 outside of the metro calling area.
  • Black Hills Energy 
    Temporarily suspending shutoff

Food Security

  • WIC - Women, Infants and Children 
    402-335-2988 | Tecumseh (Main Office) Serves Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, and Richardson Counties. We provide healthy food at no cost, breastfeeding support, nutrition information, and referrals to about 38,000 people across the state each month.  
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) 
    SNAP assists households with limited assets and income to buy the food they need for good health. Households qualify for SNAP benefits  based on available household assets, income and certain expenses. If the household is eligible, SNAP benefits are placed on an Electronic  Benefits Transfer (EBT) card for the household to buy food. If a SNAP recipient reports a layoff or if they have applied for unemployment due to COVID-19, they would be considered exempt from work requirements
  • Auburn Senior Center 402-274-4677

We are continuing Meals on Wheels. Meals will still be delivered to client’s homes. Meals will be left at the front door. We ask that if you have mobility problems, you leave a small table or chair outside your front door and we will leave the meal there. When meals are delivered, volunteers will ring and/or knock and leave.

All items delivered with the Meal will be disposable.

If you would like more information on receiving Meals on Wheels, please contact the Senior Center at (402) 274-4677 during our normal operating hours. We ask for the following donation per meal: 60 years and older: $4.00; 59 and under $5.50

     Food  Pantry

Falls City       Richardson County
Lincoln Food Bank
Falls City Prichard Auditorium, 312 W 17th St. (Noon-1:00 p.m.) March 27; April 20*; May 22; June 26; July 24; Aug. 28;
Sept. 25; Oct. 20*; Nov. 19*; Dec. 17*.
Nebraska City         Otoe County
Lincoln Food Bank
Nebraska City 1st United Methodist Church, 1023 1st Ave. (Noon-1:00 p.m.) March 20; April 17; May 15; June 19; July 17;
Aug. 21; Sept. 18; Oct. 16; Nov. 20; Dec. 18.
Peru            Nemaha County
Lincoln Food Bank
Peru Peru State College, AWAC Bldg. (Noon-1:00 p.m.) April 10; May 8; June 12; July 10; Aug. 14; Sept. 11; Oct. 9;
Nov. 13; Dec. 11.
Tecumseh        Johnson County
Lincoln Food Bank
Tecumseh First Baptist Church, 333 Jackson St. (Noon-1:00 p.m.) April 7; May 5; June 2; July 7; Aug. 4; Sept. 1; Oct. 6;
Nov. 3; Dec. 1.

Unemployment

  • NEWorks: Unemployment Services 
    File for unemployment insurance (UI) as soon as you receive notice that you are being laid-off, furloughed, let go or their place of work is closed due to COVID. Dept. of Labor has made this process more rapid and several requirements are being waived for UI claims such as searching for new work and the one-week wait period.
  • Legal Aid 
  • Nebraska Department of Labor

Federal Sick Leave and Paid Family Medical Leave

Health Care

  • Bryan Health (Lincoln) https://www.bryanhealth.com/coronavirus/
                   *  COVID-19 Hotline - (402) 481-0500
                   *  A nurse will answer medical questions about the COVID-19 coronavirus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
                  *   ezVisit COVID-19 Online Screening Questionnaire
                       >In addition, Bryan Health ezVisit is offering complimentary visits for individuals experiencing symptoms of an upper respiratory infection. Enter the promo code COVID19 at the payment screen and the visit will be free.
                       >To access the COVID-19 screening tool, visit bryanhealthezvisit.org or download the Bryan Health ezVisit app. The screening is free. Patients are asked a series of questions. 
  • CHI Health - coronavirus risk-assessment questionnaire

COVID-19 specific mental health tips

Online AA Meetings

Housing

Events, Public Gatherings, and Schools (includes bars/restaurants)

Childcare

Tips for Parents

Education

Unconnected Youth

  • Bridge to Independence Program
    DHHS is modifying the Bridge to Independence (B2i) requirements – currently youth do not need to fulfill work requirements for the program to receive their stipend benefit

Other assistance

  • Zoom - lifting time limit on free basic accounts for schools
    Zoom is temporarily lifting the 40-minute time limit on free Basic accounts for schools affected by the Coronavirus.
  • U-Haul (for displaced college students) 
    Those who need storage for their belongings while they sort out where to go next, should visit the link below to find a U-Haul location near them. Offer is dependent on occupancy at facilities, and that if a facility is unable to offer a storage container, they will direct students to the next closest location.
  • Spectrum 
    In an effort to ensure Americans have necessary access to online resources, qualifying households with students can get 60 days of FREE access8 with a Spectrum Internet account.

               Ø  Available for households with K-12 or college students

              Ø  Limited to new accounts who do not already have a Spectrum Internet subscription

              Ø  Installation fees will be waived