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Pandemic Relief Housing Program

The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provides federal grant relief to households and individuals disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by developing, repairing, and operating affordable housing and services or programs to increase long-term housing security.  The Pandemic Relief Housing Program provides support to families struggling with the public health and negative economic impact of the pandemic. Refugee populations are typically low- or moderate-income and are presumed disproportionately impacted households. These populations may also have experienced increased food and/or housing insecurity resulting from the pandemic.

The Pandemic Relief Housing Program will provide awards to eligible nonprofit organizations to develop affordable housing including rental, homeowner and homebuyer projects, including single and multi-family new construction, rehabilitation, conversion, and down-payment assistance.

Eligibility Information

What Can the Grants Be Used for? 

Funds awarded by the Pandemic Relief Housing Program may be used by 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations which develop affordable housing, including housing for refugees and other such immigrants. A refugee is an individual who is located outside of the United States, is of special humanitarian concern to the United States, demonstrates that they were persecuted or fear persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group, is not firmly resettled in another county and is admissible to the United State (see § 101(a)42 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.) “Other such immigrants” is defined as all other individuals that have a recognized immigration status enumerated within Title 8 of the U.S. Code, Immigration and Nationality Act, that validates residency within the United States.


Housing developed under this program shall be for households with an income at or below 185% of the most recent poverty guidelines published by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and shall  be located in disproportionately impacted geographies or  be located in a qualified census tract (QCT).

QCTs are any census tract designated by HUD that either

  1. Has at least 50 percent of the households with an annual income less than 60 percent of the area median gross income; or
  2. Has a poverty rate of at least 25 percent.

Please refer to the map of the Nebraska QCTs below or at 

Who is Eligible to Apply? 

501(c)3 nonprofit organizations located within the State of Nebraska that develop affordable housing, including housing for refugees and other such immigrants.

Important Definitions

Disproportionately impacted: Entities are those that experienced disproportionate public health or economic outcomes from the pandemic. The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) determines that the households of refugees and other such immigrants were disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The State has identified the following counties under a population of 100,000 as disproportionately impacted:

Arthur County Dawes County Holt County
Boone County Deuel County Hooker County
Box Butte County Dixon County Howard County
Boyd County Dundy County Jefferson County
Brown County Franklin County Kimball County
Butler County Frontier County Lancaster County
Cherry County Gage County Lincoln County
Cheyenne County Garden County Logan County
Custer County Greeley County Merrick County
Dakota County Harlan County

Application Information

Pandemic Relief Housing Program

Application Period:

Open Date – 12/1/2022 9:00 AM Central Standard Time
Close Date – 2/2/2023 5:00 PM Central Standard Time

Letter of Intent Due: December 29, 2022
Application Due: February 2, 2023
Anticipated Award Date: February 2023
Period of Performance: 3 years from the date of Award

Program Resources

TitleFile TypeDate
Letter of Intent TemplatePDFOctober 27, 2022
Nebraska Site Review FormPDFOctober 27, 2022
Pandemic Relief Housing Program ManualPDFDecember 1, 2022

Grant Management Resources

This page will provide technical assistance on using AmpliFund to apply for and manage grants awarded by DED.

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Lynn Kohout

Director of Housing