ClientUpdate: October 2020

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2020 Election: Get ready to VOTE

CARES Act Financial Assistance

Medicaid healthcare coverage expansion

Be Counted: the 2020 Census

New scams refer to SNAP/food stamps

SNAP and WIC food programs

Help coping during a pandemic

Dates to remember

Additional resources

 

2020 Election: Get ready to VOTE

One of the most powerful ways to protect the social programs and services that help those in need, and encourage the implementation of more, is to VOTE.

Step 1: Register to Vote

If you haven't already registered, Nebraska allows online voter registration. If you plan to vote with a mail-in ballot, make sure election officials have your most up-to-date address.

Visit https://www.nebraska.gov/apps-sos-voter-registration to register to vote, change the address on your voter registration, and/or affiliate with a political party. The deadline to use this website to register to vote in the 2020 general election is Friday, Oct. 16, 2020 at close of business.

Step 2: Plan Your Vote

Are you hoping to vote in-person or by mail?

If you're voting in-person, get the details of your polling place at https://www.votercheck.necvr.ne.gov/voterview

If you're hoping to vote by mail, request an early voting ballot at https://sos.nebraska.gov/elections/early-voting-0

Early voting ballots can be requested through Oct.. 23, 2020. If you need assistance requesting an early voting ballot, contact Salim at 402.476.4357 x105 or email smerza@cfpin.org.

Step 3: VOTE

In-person on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 before polls close at 8 p.m.

OR

Early voting ballots will begin being mailed to voters on Sept. 28th - complete your ballot as soon as possible to ensure your vote is counted. Early voting ballots must be received by election officials by 8 p.m. on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020). If you're mailing your ballot, leave plenty of time for it to be processed by the US Postal Service and still arrive at the election office before the deadline! You can also drop-off your ballot at the Election Commissioner's office at 601 N. 46th Street here in Lincoln or at a dropbox in your local branch of Lincoln City Libraries. You can check the status of your early ballot at https://www.votercheck.necvr.ne.gov/VoterView.

 

CARES Act financial assistance

The Center has received funds from the CARES Act to assist families financially impacted by COVID-19. To qualify, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, Nebraska resident (living in Lancaster County) and have proof that you have been financially affected by COVID-19.

To apply, leave a message at 402.473.3013 or email cares2020@cfpin.org.

This project or activity was supported by funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) from the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, CFDA Number 21.019.

 

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 household income of $17,609 for a single person and $36,156 for a household of four. To apply, go to accessnebraska.ne.gov or call 402.473.7000.

 

Be Counted: the 2020 Census

Being counted in the census is another powerful tool to ensure the programs and services that help those in need are maintained.

The census provides the government with a population count, which they will use for the next 10 years to determine where to send billions of dollars in federal funding that support programs like Medicaid/Medicare, SNAP, WIC, Head Start, school lunch programs, infrastructure, and so much more.

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 take only minutes to complete. The census will end early on Sept. 30, so get counted today!

 

New scams refer to SNAP/food stamps

Identity thieves are calling and sending text messages referring to SNAP benefits and/or food stamps in order to gather personal, private information.

One of the new scams is a text message that may say you were chosen to receive food stamps or SNAP benefits. There are also reports of people receiving unsolicited phone calls from what appears to be the SNAP toll free hotline (800.221.5689). These calls have "spoofed" the hotline number and are not from the US Food and Nutrition Services or SNAP.

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 information on protecting yourself from scams.

 

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

 

Help coping during a pandemic

The Nebraska Strong Recovery Project is an outreach program working with public and private partnerships to provide community-based counseling and identify unmet needs in Nebraska during the pandemic. Call 800.464.0258 or 888.866.8660 for assistance with immediate needs, constructive assistance, public information, connections to social supports, and physical/emotional support.

For more info, connect with them on Facebook @NebraskaStrongRecoveryProject or on Twitter @NebraskaStrong.

 

Dates to Remember

Friday, Oct. 16
Last day to go online and register to vote.

Friday, Oct. 23
Last day to request an early voting ballot in Nebraska.

Tuesday, Nov. 3
Election Day. All ballots must be received by this date.

Nov. 26-27
Center closed for Thanksgiving.

Dec. 24-25
Center closed for Christmas.

 

If you need more than food and diapers, visit covid19.lincoln.ne.gov and click "Resident Resources" for a list of other available programs and services.

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