Client Update: March 2021

Client Update
Monday, March 1

Download a PDF of the latest Client Update.

 

Drive-thru distributions Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesdays 3 to 5 p.m.

Office Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - we are not currently open to visitors.

 

Note: Beginning April 6th, Tuesday evening distributions will return to being held from 4 to 6 p.m. We appreciate your patience through the low-light winter months.

 

Eviction moratorium may end soon

VITA tax preparation assistance available

English Language Learning classes resume at the Center

New scam involves fake DEA agents

SNAP and WIC food programs with Double Up Food Bucks

Lincoln employers are hiring

NeighborLNK connects the homebound with volunteers

For needs that go beyond food and diapers

Dates to remember

 

Eviction moratorium may end soon

The CDC issued an order preventing all evictions from rental homes for nonpayment of rent. This moratorium order allows renters who meet certain requirements to avoid being evicted during the moratorium period, which has been extended through March 31, 2021.

If you are facing eviction:

  • Contact Legal Aid of Nebraska immediately at 1.844.268.5627 to obtain legal advice and possible legal representation in your case. Interpreters are available.
  • Apply for rental/housing assistance, including Lincoln’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Funds. Visit https://app.lincoln.ne.gov/city/covid19/resident-resources.htm for more information, including a list of local organizations assisting with applications.
  • Complete a CDC Eviction Moratorium Declaration Form available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-eviction-declaration.html under “More Information.”
  • Report potential housing discrimination to Lincoln Commission on Human Rights at 402.441.7624.
  • Attend all scheduled eviction hearings, even if your landlord or your landlord’s attorney tells you that you do not need to attend.

If you have any questions about this process, contact Legal Aid of Nebraska at 1.844.268.5627..

 

VITA tax preparation assistance available

Volunteers are available to help you prepare your 2020 Federal and Nebraska state tax returns. All appointments will be held virtually. To sign up for an appointment, visit https://vita.unl.edu/signup. Remember, this is not a Center program. Please contact vita@unl.edu with any questions or concerns.

 

English Language Learning classes resume at the Center

We offer three levels of FREE English Language Learning classes for anyone for which English is not their primary language. New students are tested to identify their skill level. They’re placed in a class according to their abilities and progress through the program at their own pace. Our instructors are highly skilled and dedicated to teaching English and basic American culture. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. For more information or to sign-up, call Steve Sheridan at 402.473.3017 or email info@cfpin.org.

Preventative measures have been put in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19, including social distancing, face mask requirements, and daily wellness screenings.

 

New scam involves fake DEA agents

Officials are warning of a new scam where scammers claim to be DEA agents. They tell the intended victim that a vehicle rented in their name was seized with a large amount of illegal drugs inside. The scammers then try to get the individual to pay a fine or fee by providing their sensitive bank or credit card information or by sending virtual gift cards.

Protect yourself! If you suspect a call or text you receive is a scam, hang up or delete the text without responding. Remember, when in doubt, don’t give it out.

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

 

SNAP and WIC food program with Double Up Food Bucks

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 (remote services through September) at 402.441.8655 or Lincoln Lancaster County WIC at 402.441.8000.

Don’t forget you can double your food dollars.
Get free fresh fruits and vegetables with your EBT card with Double Up Food Bucks. For details, visit
https://food.unl.edu/DoubleUp!

 

Lincoln employers are hiring

For a list of 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 using NEworks.nebraska.gov to connect with employers, email NDOL.NEres@nebraska.gov and include your location.

 

NeighborLNK connects homebound with volunteers

This program is designed to help keep homebound residents healthy, connected and independent during the isolation required by this crisis, as well as to cultivate friendships that could last beyond the pandemic.

NeighborLNK volunteers will run errands for the participants and offer companionship through phone or video calls. COVID-19 prevention measures will be followed and volunteers will not enter participants' homes. If you're interested in participating or volunteering, visit lincoln.ne.gov keyword NeighborLNK or call 402.441.7575.

 

For needs that go beyond food and diapers

The City of Lincoln is maintaining a list of both prevention information and sources of assistance. If your needs go beyond food and diapers, please visit covid19.lincoln.ne.gov and click "Resident Resources" for information on getting help with basic needs, housing, unemployment, utilities, healthcare, behavioral health, domestic violence, discrimination and legal matters.

 

Dates to remember

March 14: Daylight Savings Time begins

April 6: Tuesday evening distribution returns to 4 to 6 p.m.

May 31: Center closed for Memorial Day (no distribution)

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JC and Jessie Seacrest Famiily Foundation logo
Lincoln Community Foundation
Lincoln Police Union
NE Presbyterian Foundation
Nebraska Total Care
Outdoor Solutions
The Sherwood Foundation
Viking Foundation of Lincoln
Wells Fargo