Nebraska Begins COVID Renters Aid Assistance Program

       Nebraska has launched a federally funded aid program for renters and landlords who have lost income due to the pandemic. 

       The Emergency Rental Assistance Program offers a maximum of 15 months of rental or mortgage assistance per applicant, up to $20,000. It’s managed by NIFA, the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority, and began Monday morning. 

         NIFA Executive Director Shannon Harner says the program is available to tenants who make 80% or less of their county’s median income.

       They must also show they’re unable to pay rent because of a financial hardship caused by the pandemic or are at risk of becoming homeless

       The program’s not available to residents of the Lincoln and Omaha areas because Lancaster and Douglas Counties will have their own virtually identical programs starting up next month.