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Emergency Financial Assistance

Omaha Public Power District - Energy Assistance

OPPD offers several programs to assist people struggling to pay their energy bills. For information about applying for financial assistance, please call United Way by dialing 211 or calling 402-444-6666 for utility assistance agencies in your area. The State of Nebraska has low-income home energy assistance funds available to income-qualified customers. Applications can be made online or by calling Nebraska Dept. of Health and Human Services at 402-595-1258 or 800-383-4278 outside Omaha.

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


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.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

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

Education - GED and Adult Basic Education

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging - Senior Employment

4223 Center Street - (402) 444-6684: Works with individuals age 50 and over to obtain and maintain employment.

Heartland Workforce Solutions-American Job Center

5752 Ames Avenue - (402) 444-4700: Heartland Workforce Solutions offers services to individuals seeking employment.  A variety of services are available including a self-service resource room, job search workshops, computer workshops, training opportunities, and more.

Iowa Workforce Development

300 West Broadway, Suite 13 - (712) 242-2100: Iowa Workforce Development offers services for individuals seeking employment including job matching, career and employment fairs, unemployment benefits assistance, public resource centers, testing and assessment, computer access and training, reemployment services, veterans services, and more.

Urban League of Nebraska - Employment Programming

3040 Lake Street - 451-1066: Employment workshops, work experience, skills training, job fairs, and more.

Women's Center for Advancement (Formerly YWCA)

222 South 29th Street - (402) 345-6555: WCA's Career Services program provides women with resources, tools and services to explore employment opportunities that improve their economic self-sufficiency.  Career Services offers access to online career readiness assessment tools, workshops and professional development courses, resume and cover letter critiquing, interviewing techniques and tips, guidance on dressing for successful interviews, access to the career clothing closet, computer lab time for job search with WCA staff assistance, and annual career fairs.