Heartland Family Service is pleased to announce a recent award of a $145,000 grant from United Way of the Midlands (UWM) to fund our Homeless Prevention program for the 2022-2024 grant cycle.

Thanks to the generosity of UWM donors, the program will be able to continue providing assistance to members of our community experiencing issues of homelessness and financial crisis.

The Heartland Family Service Homeless Prevention program provides assistance to individuals to keep them from losing their housing and experiencing homelessness. This may include helping them preserve their current housing situation or identifying alternate appropriate housing options. The program provides short-term assistance via in-home case management services for up to three months, with additional financial assistance to address barriers to housing stability available on a limited basis.

With the help of this grant, Heartland Family Service’s Homeless Prevention program is able to offer crisis resolution, linking program participants to community resources and mainstream benefits, and helping them develop a plan to prevent future housing crises.

The Heartland Family Service Homeless Prevention Program helps clients like Betsy, a woman living with a disability, who came to Heartland Family Service on the brink of homelessness. Betsy’s Homeless Prevention case manager helped her to apply for Section 8 housing, find a suitable and responsible roommate, assisted in renegotiating her rent, and had her placed on an income-based housing list.

 “Heartland Family Service is so thankful for this generous grant from United Way of the Midlands,” said John Jeanetta, President & CEO of Heartland Family Service. “The grant will help us to continue offering our life-changing services to the many we serve in the Homeless Prevention program.”

About United Way of the Midlands:
For the past 99 years, United Way of the Midlands (UWM) has used its community-wide perspective to identify local needs that are going unseen or unmet – and how it can partner with corporate, government organizations, nonprofits and donors to tackle them. Today, UWM remains committed to uniting our community’s caring spirit to build a stronger tomorrow. It invests donor dollars in more than 100 local nonprofit programs that, together, form a circle of support around our community. These programs are addressing pressing social and economic disparities and providing the essentials families need to thrive, such as healthy food, a safe place to go after school and job support.

About Heartland Family Service:
Since 1875, Heartland Family Service has responded to the needs of our area’s most vulnerable children and families. Last year, our agency connected with over 140,000 individuals through direct services, education, and outreach. Our programs serve individuals of all ages — from infants in our Family Works program to seniors in our Generations Community Center. We operate from 19 locations in east central Nebraska and southwest Iowa. We provide critical human services to the individuals and families who ultimately shape the future of our community through the following program areas: Child & Family Well-Being, Counseling & Prevention, and Housing, Safety, and Financial Stability.