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Hope Harbor to help those facing eviction

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Published: Aug. 2, 2021 at 10:00 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island’s Hope Harbor is offering their Homeless Prevention Program to anyone who qualifies and is facing eviction. The nationwide eviction ban ended just a few days ago, but the shelter told Local4 news they’re already getting a ton of phone calls.

“With the moratorium lifting and August 1 being on Sunday, we did have clients coming in with eviction notices even though they are waiting for their application to be approved through the emergency assistance through the state,” Housing Coordinator Molly Clark said.

Many Grand Island residents are now turning to the shelter for help, both individuals and families with children.

“Shelters being near capacity, what that does when school is getting ready to start and you have families and children not in homes,” Clark said. “That has an impact on communities as a whole.”

It’s not just the tenants who need help. Clark said they’re working with landlords also who haven’t been paid in months..And are now struggling as well.

“I think it’s been a struggle on both ends,” she said. “Both sides, I have worked with landlords and with tenants. Some landlords are really struggling to keep their tenants house, but they also really need the rent payments because it keeps their business running.”

Now that the eviction moratorium has ended and people are being forced to find work again, local health departments say they hope it doesn’t lead to another increase in COVID-19 cases.

“What we are hoping will happen is as people are beginning to rejoin the work force, they’ll prioritize getting vaccinated,” Central District Health Department Director Teresa Anderson said. “We really need them to get vaccinated before they enter the workforce again.”

For information on the Homeless Prevention Program or other resources to help those in need right now, you can visit the Hope Harbor website or call them directly at (308) 385-5190.

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