COVID-19 rent assistance available in Sarpy and Cass counties

(Housing Foundation for Sarpy County)

Sarpy and Cass county residents struggling to pay rent or mortgage amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic can get some relief.

The Sarpy County Housing Foundation says they are working to distribute nearly $2 million in housing assistance, partially funded by CARES Act funds and local giving.

The program launched just over a week ago and so far they’ve received roughly 70 applications, but they expect more as word spreads. “In one day, we received 38 applications so at that rate we should be able to help 100 to 800 or even 1,000 families. We hope to help as many as we can by Dec. 31,” said Housing Foundation for Sarpy County Director of Community Services Monica Battreall. “We have a certain amount of allotted money that has to be spent by Dec. 31 that’s COVID-related, and then we have a lot of donors that have donated, too, that can go past that date.”

Those uncertain if they'll qualify for the assistance, are encouraged to go ahead and apply. Officials believe there are a lot of people out there who will qualify for these funds. Applications will be approved on a first-come-first-served basis. Those who qualify can receive up to four months worth of past-due rent or mortgage payments -- capping off at $4,000.

Those financially hit by the pandemic and late on rent or mortgage payments can call or go online to get your name in for some help.

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