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STATUTORY REQUIREMENT AND PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Chapter 68 of the Nebraska Statutes requires counties to provide for the poor of the county who are not eligible for any other governmental assistance and do not have a parent, stepparent, or spouse responsible for their support. These statutory requirements are the basis for the programs administered by the Department of General Assistance, which are considered to be “programs of last resort.” A description of each program can be obtained by clicking on the link on the left side of this web page.

NEED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT? HAVE QUESTIONS?

CALL OUR INTAKE AND REFERRAL LINE AT (402) 444-6215

DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL ASSISTANCE

1111 S. 41st St. STE 220, Omaha NE 68105

Phone: 402-444-6215 Fax: 402-444-6332

PRIMARY HEALTH CARE NETWORK CLINIC

4102 Woolworth Ave, Omaha NE 68105

Phone: 402-444-7540 Fax: 402-444-4541

This website has been updated with the 2020 Guidelines effective January 1, 2018.
2018 Guidelines are available to view under the Guidelines link on the left menu.

NOTICES

 

For the latest Coronavirus COVID-19 Information: https://www.douglascounty-ne.gov/coronavirus-covid-19-information 

 

 

REVISIONS FOR 2020 GUIDELINES

Below you will find the revised language to the Douglas County Department of General Assistance Guidelines that will be effective January 1, 2020.

RENT

2020 Change:

The maximum monthly housing assistance benefit our department can authorize will increase, the following rates will be the maximum amount the department can authorize (effective 1/1/20):

Dwelling Unit/Shelter Payment Schedule

Residential Unit – The maximum shelter allowance is $600.00 for an applicant/recipient or married couple.

Boarding/Rooming House - The maximum shelter allowance shall be $300.00 for an applicant/recipient or a married couple.

Shared Living - The maximum shelter allowance shall be $300.00 for an applicant/recipient or a married couple.

In order for our department to issue payments at the adjusted amount we must receive an updated lease and/or Current Living Statement.  Those must be filled out/updated by the landlord and submitted to the client’s caseworker before any adjustments will be made.

 

EXEMPT INCOME

2020 Change:  

Exempt Income: The following income shall be disregarded when determining the amount of assistance which the client is eligible to receive:

j) $100 earned/unearned income per month

Effective January 1, 2020 clients will be permitted to earn a small monthly income that will not count against their potential benefit.  This income should be used to help cover the costs of items we do not assist with or cannot fulfill the entire need (e.g. laundry, food, hygiene, etc.).  Earned/Unearned income must be disclosed to the client’s caseworker each month.

 

CLOTHING VOUCHER

2020 Change:  

Every 6 calendar months of eligibility clients are eligible for a clothing voucher.  The clothing voucher benefit has increased to $80 every 6 months of eligibility.  Clothing vouchers must be requested before they will be issued, requests can be made via the Monthly Reporting Form and will be issued when eligible. 

 

If you have any questions, concerns, or need further clarification please speak to your caseworker.

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