Financial assistance provided through this program may include rent, mortgage payments, board and room, utilities food, clothing and non-food items.¬† Out-of ‚Äďcounty transportation is provided in certain situations.¬†Assistance is limited to those persons in Douglas County between the ages of nineteen and sixty-four who are not eligible for other public assistance and/or do not have sufficient income or resources to meet all or part of their shelter needs.
Eligibility is based on income and resources, with $35,000 maximum equity in a home, and $5,000 maximum equity in one vehicle being exempted.¬† Monthly income and resource guidelines vary based on the number of related persons in the household, for example, one-person household - $425.00; two-person household - $440.00.
All General Assistance payments are made directly to the landlord, and/or utility company.¬† Merchandise cards are provided to purchase non-food necessities at Dollar General Stores.
Nebraska Statutes enable counties to require General Assistance recipients who do not have a health barrier to employment to participate in job training or community service to help break the cycle of chronic unemployment and dependence on county aid.¬† The Department of General Assistance initiated this requirement May 1, 1993 .
Many clients face significant barriers in entering or re-entering the job market.¬† These barriers include little or no recent employment experiences, age discrimination, health limitations, reading comprehension difficulties, criminal records, lack of social skills or lack of self-esteem.¬† General Assistance recipients who select job training must qualify for Pell Grants; Douglas County does not pay any tuition/training expenses.¬† Recipients who do not pursue job training are required to perform community service hours equal to the dollar amount of general assistance received, divided by the federal minimum hourly wage.
Clients with successful experiences in Job Training and/or Community Service, who have not found employment on their own, may be enrolled in the Transition to Work Program to help them make the next step toward self-sufficiency.¬† This component of the Job Training and/or Community Service Program teaches clients how to interview well, secure suitable employment and develop habits and attitudes that will allow the participant to keep the job.
All persons found eligible for General Assistance who are¬†also determined to be medically indigent are automatically enrolled in the Primary Health Care Network.
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