Have you been financially impacted by COVID-19?

The CARES Act is the largest aid package ever signed in U.S. history and will affect almost everyone in this country. The act allows the Latino Center of the Midlands to financially assist individuals and families whose lives have been directly or indirectly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each family can receive up to $2,000.

Ready to apply?

Call us at 402-733-2720 to make an appointment.

Documents Required for Application

  • Nebraska Driver’s License or another form of identification issued by the state.
  • Utility Bill.
  • Credit card or bank statement.
  • Telephone bill.
  • A letter from state or local municipality.
  • Driver’s license or ID issued by the State of Nebraska
  • U.S. birth certificate
  • U.S. Permanent Resident Card
  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS) (for now)
  • U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (N-550)
  • Certificate of U.S. Citizenship (N-560)
  • Report of Birth Abroad of U.S. Citizen (FS-240)
  • Valid U.S. passport
  • U.S. employment authorization document (DACA)
  • Seguro Social Card
  • Social Security

    If a U.S. citizen or legal resident child is a member of the household, he/she is eligible for assistance. We will only need a letter from the parent stating that the household is the legal residence of the child. It must include address, signature of the applicant, date, and a statement that the child lives in that residence.

  • Pay stub/salary or bank statement (you must request one before March 13 and one after this date to compare and see the economic impact on your household).

  • COVID-19 test results.
  • Social Security/SSI document, pension verifying reduced income
  • Letter from employer verifying reduced hours, unemployment, etc. (must have name and date)
  • Doctor’s Note
  • Document of unemployment, retirement, disability, etc

    Signed letter explaining the difficulty related to COVID-19: must include signature, date and statement explaining how Covid-19 negatively affected your finances. May be Spanish.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The CARES Act funding allows the Latino Center of the Midlands to assist individuals and families whose lives have been directly or indirectly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples include: unemployment/loss of employment, reduction in work hours, positive Covid-19 test, medical bills due to Covid-19, among others. This financial assistance will be available until December 14, 2020 at our office. CARES Act funds are provided by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

To qualify, the person applying for this financial assistance must provide the following documentation

  • Proof of legal status or US citizenship
  • Must be a resident of Nebraska
  • You must provide documentation to support the negative financial impact caused by COVID-19.
  • For certain types of service, a past due bill or rental/mortgage letter is required.
  • Overdue rent or mortgage to avoid eviction
  • Overdue utility costs to avoid discontinuation of OPPD or MUD services
  • Basic needs items: food, baby formula, personal hygiene products, and cleaning supplies

    *Each family can apply for up to $2,000 in financial assistance with our organization. If they need additional help, we can refer them to other organizations.
  • Loss of employment or reduced hours on the job due to Covid-19
  • Loss of income due to a Covid-19-related illness, either to oneself or to a family member.
  • Loss of income due to loss or reduction of unemployment.
  • A positive Covid-19 test or medical bill(s) due to Covid-19
  • You may also provide a letter explaining your particular situation related to Covid-19 (must be signed and dated).
  • Check stubs (one before March 13 and one afterwards)
  • Bank statements (one before March 13 and one after that date)
  • Letter or document from employer explaining loss of o hours or employment or pay.
  • Positive Covid-19 test results for you or your close relative.
  • Medical charges, or letter from doctor, related to Covid-19.
  • Verified letter of unemployment or Social Security pension.
  • You may also provide a letter in Spanish explaining your particular situation as it relates to Covid-19 (must be signed and dated).

Applications for this financial aid can be made by calling our office directly at 402-733-2720. For assistance in Spanish ask for Rosana Perri or Carlos Muñoz.

No, unfortunately we can only help people with this financial aid for bills, rent, or mortgages that are past due or overdue. You must provide a document that explains or details that your bill is overdue.

After your application is complete and we have all the necessary documents, your application will be processed. Application approval time is up to one week. You can usually expect to be paid within two weeks. The money will be paid directly to the provider or to whom the bill is due (OPPD, MUD, landlord/renter, or bank). Meal certificates will be sent to the address provided by the client.

First you will be evaluated to see if you qualify to apply. This process takes approximately 15 minutes. Then, an appointment will be made to fill out the application. This process usually takes 30 minutes if you have all the necessary documents ready. After your application is completed and we have all the necessary documents, your application will be processed. The approval time for the application is up to one week. Payment is usually made within two weeks.

Each family can receive up to $2,000. This amount can be used in combination with rent/mortgage, utilities or food assistance or up to $2,000 in one thing (whichever applies first).

This assistance is provided by the federal and state governments. Therefore, it is necessary to comply with all the requirements. This is also a way to ensure that the people who need it most qualify and can receive proper assistance.

If your food assistance application is approved, you will receive certificates for $50 each, which you can use at Nuestra Familia/Family Fare stores. The certificates will be in the name of the applicant, cannot be copied, and must be used by December 31, 2020. Certificates can be used for food, toiletries, cleaning supplies, but not for alcohol, tobacco or other items. Each certificate has a value of $50, you must use the $50 in one visit, otherwise you lose the rest.

If you need help with rent, in addition to the general documentation required, you will need the following information and documentation. This information and documentation is to verify and process the application:

  • Name of landlord/tenant (cannot be your relative).
  • Landlord/renter’s address and phone number.
  • Letter or document that has the date of eviction or delay along with the address from which the check would be sent. Please bring a W-9 form if you owe more than $600.

Yes, if you have any questions about the requirements, documentation or other assistance provided by the Latino Center of the Midlands, please call us at 402-733-2720.