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A lack of affordable housing causes 6,500 people in Omaha to experience homelessness each year.
Our goal is that every man, woman and child in our community has a safe place to call home.
Sandra Ybarra was forced to relocate from Oklahoma to Omaha to seek treatment at Nebraska Medicine for her newborn son. She soon found The Salvation Army, which set her up in transitional housing, and then later helped her apply for a Section 8 voucher, which allowed her to move into a house. Eight years later, Sandra's son is healthy and thriving, and she is working toward a nursing degree. "The Salvation Army helped us get to where we are today," she said.
Often individuals and families struggling with homelessness simply need a short-term solution to help them get back on their feet again. Heritage Place at Renaissance Village offers six-month housing options for men, women, couples and families. Participants are provided with one of 33 furnished apartments, which include studio, two-bedroom and three-bedroom units. The program also offers employment assistance, work/life classes, intensive case management, mental health counseling, substance abuse assessments and other support.
HOME, HOME 2 STAY and YOU'RE HOME
Our permanent supportive housing programs serve men, women and families who are chronically homeless and whose head of the household has a documented disability. Participants live in an apartment or a house and pay 30 percent of their adjusted gross income toward rent, with our housing programs paying the balance, as well as assistance paying utilities if needed. Case management, referrals to community resources, individualized planning, crisis support, money management and 24-hour staff accessibility are also provided.
Participants eligible for permanent supportive housing will be referred to us by Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless (MACCH) to The Salvation Army. These individuals will be referred to MACCH by local shelters and outreach workers. Please contact shelter staff or outreach workers about eligibility for permanent supportive housing.
VA Housing Opportunities Program (VA-HOP)
The VA-HOP program provides up to 24 months of transitional community-based housing for veterans and their families who are struggling with homelessness. The program provides a thorough needs assessment, and veterans also receive employment assistance, case management and referrals to community resources and housing opportunities. Veterans enrolled in the VA-HOP program experience a high rate of success, with 95 percent of participants remaining in their permanent housing choice for at least 12 months from the time of admission.
VA Community Assistance Support Services (VA-CASS)
The VA-CASS program supports homeless veterans who have medical, physical, mental health and/or substance use needs. Veterans enrolled in VA-CASS spend up to two years in the program, during which time they receive intensive case management focused on stabilizing their various health needs and transitioning them to live independently in safe, affordable housing in the community. Veterans enrolled in VA-CASS experience a high rate of success, with 97 percent of participants residing in permanent housing at discharge.
Durham Booth Manor
923 N. 38th St.
Durham Booth Manor offers 47 clean, bright, affordable apartments to adults age 62 and older with very low incomes. In addition to safe, comfortable housing, older adults living at Durham Booth Manor also benefit from the social and spiritual activities offered by the Dora Bingel Senior Center, located adjacent to the apartment complex. Learn more about how we partner with older adults.