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UWM will ensure that by 2025, over two million services addressing basic needs will be delivered to our neighbors living in or at risk of poverty.

To provide the crucial safety supports through the network of programs offered by local shelters, food pantries, access and referral centers, domestic violence programs, health clinics and school based programs.


1. Provide 35,000 critical safety net services to community members.

2. Provide 53,000 referrals to services and supports through Nebraska’s 2-1-1 and partner agencies for people seeking information on community resources.

The Challenge

With over 107,000 individuals in our family living below the federal poverty level and thousands more at risk for poverty ensuring critical supports are available for those experiencing crisis has always been at the heart of UWM’s mission. Data shows that over 1,500 people in the Omaha metro area are homeless on any single night.  Across the metro area, some 97,000 people experience uncertainty regarding their next meal.  One in four women, and one in seven men, have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner.  Children who witness such violence are more likely to have poor health and difficulty in school.  The impacts of such trauma continue into adulthood which makes early interventions and crisis supports imperative.


  • Provide access to a coordinated and fully-integrated system that improves access to emergency shelter, emergency food and/or crisis interventions.
  • Employ formal screening procedures to identify and meet client needs.
  • Provide access to immediate safe shelter and support services for individuals and families impacted by violence.
Right Now in the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metro:

There were more than 1,800 substantiated cases of child abuse or neglect across Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie counties in 2015.

Annie Casey Foundation / Kids Count Reports for Nebraska and Iowa.

Right Now in the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metro:

911 took 16,866 calls pertaining to domestic violence in 2015.

2015, Domestic Violence Fact Sheet published by the Domestic Violence Council of Omaha

Right Now in the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metro:

More than 1,500 people in the metro are homeless on any given night.

2015, MACCH 2016 Annual Report

Right Now in the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metro:

More than 50,000 people in our community spend more than 30% of their total household income on rent.

2015, Gross Rent as a Percentage of Household Income (GRAPI) from the American Community Survey, 2015 5-year Estimates, DP04 – Selected Housing Characteristics.

2017 Results


housing assistance services were provided.


services were provided to support victims of domestic violence.


referrals were routed through the 2-1-1 helpline.
Community Care Fund – Basic Needs – Crisis Intervention Funded Programs
Access and Referral

American Red Cross, Omaha Council Bluffs Metro
Disaster Cycle Services
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Omaha
Neighborhood Centers
Father Flanagans Boys Home
Boys Town of Iowa’s In-Home Family Services
Heartland Family Service
Hardship Assistance
Iowa Legal Aid
Economic Stability
Legal Aid of Nebraska
–Making Equal Justice Happen: Hope and Opportunity Through Legal Aid
–Safety and Justice for Domestic Violence Victims
Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, Inc.
International Center of the Heartlands
Nebraska Children’s Home Society Inc.
Children & Family Center  – Pathways to the Future
The Salvation Army-NE
Material Assistance and Seasonal Services, Omaha and Council Bluffs
Together Inc. of Metropolitan Omaha
Horizons Program

Crisis Food

Completely Kids
–Weekend Food Program
Connections Area Agency on Aging Inc.
–Council Bluffs Meals on Wheels
Heart Ministry Center Inc.
–Food Pantry
Heartland Hope Mission
–Hunger and Homelessness Prevention Program
Siena/Francis House
–Meal Program
The Salvation Army-NE
–Omaha Area Feeding Programs
Together Inc. of Metropolitan Omaha
–Nutrition Education


Catholic Charities Diocese of Des Moines Council Bluffs
–Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Omaha
–Domestic Violence Services – The Shelter
Child Saving Institute, Inc.
–Emergency Shelter
Heartland Family Service
–Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Program
–Emergency Shelter Services
Siena/Francis House
–Emergency Shelter Program
Stephen Center Inc.
–Homeless Engagement and Diversion
Women’s Center for Advancement (WCA)
–Domestic Abuse/Sexual Assault Safety Services

Transitional Housing

Family Housing Advisory Services, Inc.
–Housing Access Retention and Prevention (HARP)
Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition Inc.
–Eagle Heights Transitional Living Program
Omaha Home for Boys
–Jacobs’ Place Transitional Living Program-Crisis Intervention
Siena/Francis House.
–Rehousing and Reintegration Services Program
The Salvation Army-NE
– The Salvation Army Residential Housing Programs

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