Housing & Financial Stability

The major components of this program area are hardship assistance, housing, and supportive services. The goal is to provide immediate, as well as long-term survival assistance, including therapeutic support, to residents in our community who are experiencing issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, homelessness, and financial crisis.

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault

Comprehensive services for individuals and families include:

  • 24-hour crisis line: 800-523-3666
  • Advocacy
  • Community education
  • Crisis counseling
  • Safe Haven emergency shelter
  • Therapy
  • Transitional housing
  • Support groups for women and men

OUTREACH GROUPS

CHOOSING NON-VIOLENCE GROUP
The Choosing Non-Violence group is for men who have abused their intimate partner. Most participants are court-ordered to this 36-week course. The goal of the group is to help participants identify abusive behaviors and learn new ones in order to have a healthy relationship.

MUJERES Y VALORES (Women and Values Group)
This group was started in 2002 by therapist Sister Jan Mengenhauser and several Latina women in response to the high demand of Latina women seeking help to heal from domestic violence. This six-week group is offered twice a year and facilitated by Latina women in the community. It’s free to attend and child care is offered during the group session.

VOICES WITHOUT VIOLENCE GROUP
This support group is offered to program participants in the shelter and survivors in the community once a week, in a confidential location to increase safety. A group for children is offered at the same time and location in an effort to eliminate the barrier of child care for the adults attending group.

WOMEN’S TURNING POINTS GROUP
This 17-week educational group recognizes that a woman’s path to using violence is fundamentally different than a man’s use of violence and, therefore, requires a different path to non-violence. The group is designed for women who have been abused, or those who struggle against on-going abuse, and have turned to using violence against their intimate partner. This is a closed group and all participants must complete the intake process before attending.

Heartland Homes

Heartland Homes

Facility-based permanent supportive housing for individuals and families. Case management and therapeutic and support services address the root causes of homelessness to help residents maintain permanent housing.

Eligibility: Individuals must be literally homeless, have a disabling condition, and reside in Pottawattamie County, Iowa.

North Omaha Hardship Assistance

North Omaha Hardship Assistance

Emergency services for families in Douglas County seeking support in times of financial crisis.

  • Career Clothing Closet: Gently-used clothing available for women and men who are in need of professional clothing in order to interview and transition into careers.
  • Comprehensive Emergency Services: Brief crisis support to address immediate needs for food, clothing, housing, health care, utilities, and transportation for residents of Douglas County in Nebraska.
  • Gendler Emergency Medication Service: Free or low-cost prescriptions for individuals who are in need of medication they cannot afford.

Eligibility: Services are provided in Douglas County in Nebraska.

Sarpy Hardship Assistance

Emergency services for families in Ralston and Sarpy County seeking support in times of financial crisis.

  • Comprehensive Emergency Services: Brief crisis support to address immediate needs for food, clothing, housing, health care, utilities, and transportation.

Eligibility: Services are provided primarily in the city of Ralston and Sarpy County in Nebraska.

  • Sarpy Donation Center: Basic need items for individuals and families experiencing a crisis and/or financial hardship. All items are distributed free of charge to Heartland Family Service clients and those referred by agencies, schools, and shelters in the Omaha metro area.
Homeless Street Outreach

Homeless Street Outreach

Assessment and case management services for individuals who are sleeping in places not meant for human habitation (streets, abandoned buildings, cars, etc.). The goal is to assist individuals in locating permanent housing and gaining access to mainstream benefits. Participants receive housing referrals, transportation, crisis interventions, and basic supplies, such as food, clothing, blankets, etc.

Eligibility: Services are provided in Pottawattamie County in Iowa and Douglas and Sarpy counties in Nebraska.

Permanent Supportive Scattered-Site Housing

Permanent Supportive Scattered-Site Housing

Assistance in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing for individuals and families who are literally homeless and have at least one person with a disabling condition. Financial assistance and case management are provided in order to remove significant barriers to stable housing.

Eligibility:

Heartland Housing Beginnings: For young adults 18-23 who are literally homeless and former wards of the state (state custody or foster care). Services are provided in Douglas and Sarpy counties in Nebraska.
Heartland Housing Solutions: For individuals and families who are literally homeless. Services are provided in Pottawattamie County in Iowa and Douglas and Sarpy counties in Nebraska.
Samaritan Housing Initiative: For single individuals who are experiencing long-term or chronic homelessness. Services are provided in Pottawattamie County in Iowa and Douglas and Sarpy counties in Nebraska.
Contact: HomelessServices@HeartlandFamilyservice.org

Pottawattamie County Homeless Link

Pottawattamie County Homeless Link

Outreach, case management, and homeless prevention, and rapid rehousing services are available for individuals and families who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness.

  • Case Management (PATH): Case management and therapy services who have a serious mental illness and reside in Pottawattamie, Harrison, or Mills counties in Iowa.
  • Homelessness Prevention: Short-term financial assistance and case management services.
  • Rapid Rehousing: Short – to medium – term financial assistance and case management services.

Eligibility: Services are provided in Pottawattamie County in Iowa.

Rapid Rehousing

Rapid Rehousing

Temporary financial assistance (1-12 months) and case management for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

  • Heartland Housing Passages: For young adults 18-23 who are former wards of the state (state custody or foster care)
  • Heartland Housing Opportunities: For individuals and families in Douglas or Sarpy counties in Nebraska.
  • Pottawattamie County Homeless Link Rapid Rehousing: For individuals and families in Pottawattamie County in Iowa.

Eligibility: Individuals must be literally homeless (living in shelter, on the streets, or timing out of transitional housing).

Transitions

Transitions

Permanent supportive housing for individuals and families experiencing chronic homelessness. All seven apartment units are fully furnished.

Eligibility: Individuals must be literally homeless (living in shelter, on the streets, or timing out of transitional housing). Services are provided in Pottawattamie County, Iowa.

Contact: HomelessServices@HeartlandFamilyservice.org

Ways to Work

Ways to Work

Short-term, low-interest auto loans for qualifying working families with challenging credit histories. Ways to Work is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) based in Milwaukee, Wis. Heartland Family Service administers the program locally.

Eligibility: Residents of Pottawattamie or Mills counties in Iowa and Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties in Nebraska.

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