Adult Family Homes
Adult Family Homes provide a living arrangement for individuals age 18 or older to remain in their community. The homes are certified by the Department of Health & Human Services System as meeting specific standards. The Adult Family Home provides minimum supervision and assistance to no more than three individuals.
Individuals who live in Adult Family Homes may require supervision and assistance with bathing, shaving, and dressing. They don't require on-going medical treatment and are able to self administer medications. For additional information call, 800-358-8802.
Technology and accessible homes are integral parts of the personal and social independence of persons with functional limitations of all ages. During the aging process, technology becomes even more important as mobility, vision, hearing, and cognition may decrease. The Assistive Technology Partnership, www.atp.ne.gov, connects people to the technology and home modification information they need. Home visits by specialists who are knowledgeable about assistive devices and barrier free design are available to help determine solutions. To find out what is available, what will work best in a situation, and what funding sources are available, visit the Website listed above.
Housing Affordable Rentals
Public housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Public housing comes in all sizes and types, from scattered single family houses to high rise apartments for elderly families. Another option is the housing choice voucher program. This is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments. The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects. Housing choice vouchers are administered locally by Public Housing Agencies (PHAs). The PHAs receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program and public housing. Since the demand for housing assistance often exceeds the limited resources available to HUD and the local housing agencies, long waiting periods are common. For information regarding availability of these rental subsidies visit www.hud.gov. Type in Nebraska on the search button.
Rural Home Repair Loan and Grant Program
Loans and grants are available to low income applicants to remove health or safety hazards and/or improve or modernize homeowners' dwellings. Examples of covered items include; repair or replace water supply and sewer systems, heating systems, foundations, insulation, etc. This program is available only in communities of 20,000 or less; however, Norfolk and the area of Scottsbluff, Gering and Terrytown are eligible areas. Grants and low interest loans are available for persons 62 years of age and older. For more information visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/ne.
For more information, contact:
Department of Health & Human Services
Division of Medicaid & Long-Term Care
State Unit on Aging
P. O. Box 95026
Lincoln NE 68509-5026
Phone: (402) 471-2307,
1-800-942-7830 (Nebraska only)
Fax: (402) 471-4619
Nebraska State Office Building
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln NE 68508