Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that LGBTQIA+ people are struggling with the pandemic. This data shows:
- One in five LGBT people said they, or someone in their household, had lost employment in the past four weeks.
- LGBT people were nearly twice as likely (13%) to report that they sometimes or often did not have enough to eat in the past seven days compared to non-LGBT people (7%). LGBT households with children experienced even higher rates of food insecurity in the past seven days (16%).
- One in ten (11%) of LGBT homeowners said they were behind on their mortgage, and nearly one in five (18%) of LGBT renters were behind on rent.
The good news is there are resources to help you and people you know who are struggling with getting food on the table, paying rent, and employment. Below are some resources across Nebraska.
- Legal Aid of Nebraska has resources related to unemployment, housing, debt, and more. They serve the entire state of Nebraska.
- Food Bank of Lincoln distributes food 5-6 days a week at different locations in Lincoln and Southeastern Nebraska. See their locations and schedule here.
- Food Bank for the Heartland distributes food across the state of Nebraska from Omaha to the Panhandle. They also serve some of Western Iowa. See their locations and schedule here.
- There is housing and utility assistance for residents of Lincoln. Click here to see the eligibility criteria. If you live in Lancaster County, but outside the Lincoln city limits, there is also assistance available.
- The state of Nebraska is also providing rental and utility assistance to people statewide. View more information here.
See more information about COVID-19 in Nebraska here.