(OMAHA, Neb.) Heartland Family Service is pleased to announce it was recently awarded a $75,000 one-year grant from United Way of the Midlands.

Thanks to the generosity of the United Way donors, Heartland Family Service will be able to continue providing assistance to individuals to keep them from losing their housing and becoming homeless.

The Heartland Family Service Homeless Prevention program helps clients preserve their current housing situation or to find alternate appropriate housing options. The Homeless Prevention program provides short-term assistance via in-home case management services for up to three months. The focus of the program is on crisis resolution, linking program participants to community resources and mainstream benefits, and helping them develop a plan to prevent future housing crises. Financial assistance to address barriers to housing stability is also available on a limited basis.

The 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.

“We appreciate our long-standing strategic partnership with United Way and know their investments in our work make a difference, provide hope for the future, and help to save people’s lives,” said John Jeanetta, President and CEO of Heartland Family Service.

About United Way of the Midlands
United Way of the Midlands (UWM) has served the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro for more than 95 years. Guided by best practices and community input, it approaches poverty in a specific way – a “united” way. With the support of volunteers, community partners and donors, UWM invests donor dollars efficiently and effectively in our local community. These dollars fund basic needs, education and financial stability programs at local nonprofits, creating a circle of support for people in need. Please visit unitedwaymidlands.org for more information.

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 79,000 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 over 15 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, & Financial Stability.