Client Update: August 2020

Client Update
Saturday, August 1

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Drive-thru distributions Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesdays 4 to 6 p.m.
Office Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - we are not currently open to visitors.

BE COUNTED: the 2020 Census

The census provides the population count, which determines many things that impact our communities. Census data directs the allocation of billions of dollars in federal funding, which supports programs like Medicaid/Medicare, SNAP, WIC, Head Start, school lunch programs, infrastructure like roads/highways, student loans, language services in schools and so many more. Having accurate data on how many people live in which areas is important for decision-making for the next decade.

For the first time, you can complete the census, in any of 59 languages, online at www.2020census.gov. Or you can call: 844.330.2020 for English, 844.416.2020 for Arabic, 844.461.2020 for Vietnamese, 844.391.2020 for Mandarin, 844.398.2020 for Cantonese, or 844.468.2020 for Spanish.

The survey is only 10 questions, and should only take minutes to complete. The census will end early on Sept. 30. So get counted today!

 

Medicaid healthcare coverage expansion

Heritage Health Adult expands Nebraska Medicaid and will cover Nebraska residents, ages 19 through 64, whose income is at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level. For 2020, this is an annual income of $17,609 for a single person and $36,156 for a household of four. Applications are being accepted starting Aug. 1 with coverage beginning Oct. 1, 2020. To apply, go to accessnebraska.ne.gov or call 402.473.7000.

 

SNAP and WIC food programs

If you're having trouble making ends meet, consider applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps). To see if you're eligible, contact Salim at 402.476.4357 x105.

WIC is a special nutrition program specifically for pregnant and breastfeeding women and families with children younger than 5 years old. For more information, visit dhhs.ne.gov/pages/wic-about.aspx or call Family Service WIC (with remote services through September) at 402.441.8655 or Lincoln Lancaster County WIC at 402.441.8000.

 

Scams increase during pandemic

Scammers are using this national emergency to steal thousands of dollars from unsuspecting victims. Legitimate businesses and organizations do not approach customers asking for personal information like social security numbers, bank account information, etc. A good rule of thumb: when in doubt, don't give it out!

Visit consumer.ftc.gov for more info on protecting yourself from scams.

 

Free COVID-19 legal help

Legal Aid of Nebraska has a free legal help hotline available for Nebraskans affected by COVID-19. Call 1.844.268.5627 Monday through Thursday from 1 .m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., or visit legalaidofnebraska.org.

 

For additional assistance

If your needs go behond food and diapers, visit covid19.lincoln.ne.gov and click "Resident Resources" for information on: basic needs, housing, unemployment, utilities, healthcare, domestic violence, discrimination and more.

 

Employment opportunities

For a list of 54 companies currently hiring in Lincoln along with information about the positions, visit lcoc.com/job-postings!

For one-on-one coaching and career planning, resume building, interview preparation and assistance with utilizing NEworks.nebraska.gov to connect with employers, email NDOL.NEres@nebraska.gov and include your location.

 

Dates to remember

Monday, Sept. 7: Closed for Labor Day

Thursday, Sept. 10: Drive-thru career fair, 2-6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 30: 2020 Census ends

 

Weather delays and closures

The Center may delay or close its distribution in severe weather (including thunderstorms, high winds, heavy rain, etc.). Please keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter or cfpin.org for any last-minute updates!

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