Second round of emergency assistance for past-due rent and utilities is available in Nebraska

The Nebraska Emergency Rental Assistance program is now accepting applications. Income-qualified Nebraskans who experienced a financial hardship during the pandemic may apply for financial assistance for past-due and future rent payments and past-due utility and internet payments.

The $48 million program is funded by the U.S. Treasury Department's second Emergency Rental Assistance program that was authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The program is being managed by the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority.

How to apply

There are several ways to apply for the Nebraska Emergency Rental Assistance program:

  • Online: Visit to learn more about the eligibility requirements and how to apply for assistance.
  • ERA Call Center: Call 1-844-429-6575. If you receive a return call about the program, you may see "NE Rent Help" on your caller ID. The call center will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.
  • In-person or over the phone: If you need assistance completing an application, you can reach out to a Community Collaborative in your area.

Visit to apply

Note: This program is for renters living outside of Douglas and Lancaster counties, which have their own ERA programs and application processes. See the "Other Resources" section below if you reside in Douglas or Lancaster counties and need assistance.

Other Resources