Financial Assistance/Legal

Catholic Charities of Omaha
El Puente Immigration Legal Services 
help clients with filing a variety of USCIS forms. Our services consist of legal consultations in which we evaluate clients' immigration legal options, advise them how to proceed & represent them throughout the legal process. 

1123 Road (St. Benedict Road); PO Box 528
Schuyler, NE 68661

Central Nebraska Community Action Partnership (CNCAP)
CNCAP offers a variety of wellness, prevention, intervention and community services/programs to individuals. Depending on the program, eligibility may be determined by several factors including: Income guidelines, age, county of residence, as well as others. Programs include: Commodity Supplement Food Program; Early Head Start - Home & Center Based (Columbus & Schuyler); Early Learning Center (Schuyler); Head Start Little Stars Preschool; HOPE Case Management; HART; Stability Assistance Program; Supportive Services for Veteran Families; T.H.R.I.V.E.S; SOAR; Weatherization; VRRH - Veteran Rapid Re-Housing & KIDS (Keeping Independent Directives in Society) Youth Program.

3286 53rd Avenue
Columbus, NE 68601
402-564-1124 / 308-745-0780 (Loup City)

Centro Hispano Comunitario De Nebraska
Provide numerous services in adult education (Spanish GED, Computer Literacy, Technical Assistance) entrepreneurship & immigration legal services.

3214 25th Street, Suite 1 
Columbus, NE 68601

Columbus Cancer Care Foundation
Our mission is to CARE by providing Community outreach & education, access to cancer care, resources for cancer patients & their families & education for the community & area healthcare professionals, regarding cancer prevention, early detection & screening & treatment options.  Assistance with hotel and gas expenses available for those who qualify.  Provides educational materials, wigs and prosthetics free of charge. 

3764 39th Avenue
Columbus, NE 68601

Columbus Emergency Relief
Provides emergency assistance with utilities, housing, food & medical transportation. Must reside in Platte County, work in Columbus or be an employee of Cargill in Schuyler. Cannot assist with deposits.
1853 10th Avenue
Columbus, NE 68601

10:00 a.m. - 3:00p.m.  Monday & Wednesday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Friday


Good Neighbor Community Health Center
Federally qualified health center offering primary medical, dental & behavioral health services. We can see patients with or without insurance & & no one will be denied services because of inability to pay.

4321 41st Avenue
Columbus, NE 68601

GreenPath Financial Wellness
We advise & help consumers with financial problems. We assist people with budgeting concerns, debt issues, and mortgage delinquency issues. Our counseling is free of charge.

1105 S 13th Street, Suite 205
Norfolk, NE 68701

Holiday Spirit Coop
Work together to coordinate the giving efforts of the Columbus Community, linking the giving projects with the individuals that need assistance with gifts and/or food for Christmas. Runs October - December.

PO Box 1794
Columbus, NE 68602
402-910-1237 or 402-563-3099

League of Human Dignity
Provide support to people experiencing disabilities to live independently in their homes. Services provided: Aged & Disabled Waiver Services, Barrier Removal, Independent Living Program, equipment Rental Program.

400 Elm Avenue 
Norfolk, NE 68701

Legal Aid of Nebraska
The fundamental goal of Legal Aid of Nebraska is simple: to provide free civil legal assistance to low-income Nebraskans. We make equal justice happen. Programs/Projects: Agricultural Worker Rights Program; Disaster Relief Project; Elder AccessLIne; Housing Justice Project; Health Education & Law Project (HELP); Native American Program

214 N. 7th St., Ste. 10
 Norfolk, NE 68701

Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest
Addresses policy & legal issues within the areas of public benefits, child welfare & immigration. Provides an information & referral line.

941 O Street, Suite 920
Lincoln, NE 68508
1-800845-3746 / 402-438-8835

Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
Protect the health of all Americans & providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. We also touch our state's most vulnerable citizens; the elderly, low income & those with disabilities, provide safety to abused and/or neglected children & vulnerable adults. Services include: ACCESS Nebraska for Economic Assistance ProgramsAdult & Child Protective Services; Child Care Licensing; Child Support Enforcement; Community Based Developmental Disabilities; Elder Abuse; Foster Parent Recruiting.

3737 25th Street
Columbus, NE 68601

301 Centennial Mall S 
Lincoln, NE 68509

Nebraska Mediation Center
A neutral mediator helps 2 or more people work together to reach a solution to their conflict. Allows participants to exchange information, identify issues, uncover obstacles, explore options & create agreement terms that will work for each person.

435 N Park Street (Dodge County Courthouse) 4th Floor
Fremont, NE 68025
1-866-846-5576 / 402-753-9415

Nebraska Public Service Commission
Financial assistance under NSTEP (Nebraska Specialized Telecommunications Equipment Program). Provides assistance to eligible deaf, hard of hearing, visual & hearing, & speech disabilities in obtaining devices to communicate on the telephone network more effectively.

1200 N Street, Suite 300; PO Box 94927
Lincoln, NE 68509-4927
1-800-526-0017 / 402-471-3101

Nebraska State Bar Association
Volunteer Lawyers Project provides free legal information, assistance & representation to eligible low-income Nebraska residents. Does not provide assistance with criminal cases or every type of civil case.

635 S 14th Street, Suite 200
Lincoln, NE 68508




Northeast Nebraska Area Agency on Aging & Aging and Disability Resource Center
Legal Assistance is provided on an individual basis through a contract with Legal Aid of Nebraska.  Please visit our website.

119 W Norfolk Avenue 
Norfolk, NE 68701
402-370-3454 / 1-800-672-8368

Platte County General/Medical Assistance
Provide necessities of life to persons who meet the eligibility guidelines & to furnish medical services that may be required for those who meet eligibility necessities. May be able to assist with rent, utilities & threatening medical attention.

2610 14th Street
Columbus, NE 68601

Platte County Veterans Service Office
Assists all veterans, spouses & dependents when the need arises concerning all benefits & services provided by the Veterans Administration.  Also assists with applications to both the County and Nebraska Veteran's Aid Funds.

2610 14th Street (Court House)
Columbus, NE 68601


Platte County Victims Assistance
The Victim Assistance Unit provides information, referrals, assistance, and personal and criminal justice related advocacy to victims of crime in Platte County who have suffered physical, sexual, financial, or emotional harm as a result of the commission of a violent crime.

2610 14th Street
Columbus, NE 68601


Simon House
Provide assistance to those in need by supplying them with basic needs of daily living. If eligible, there are various types including rent, energy assistance (electric & gas) emergency housing & food, medical aid, transportation, household goods & furniture. Food pantry can help with canned goods & perishable items such as baby formula, diapers, paper goods & toiletries. We also provide clothing for emergency situations.

1853 10th Avenue, PO Box 1554
Columbus, NE 68601

The Salvation Army (Columbus)
To feed & provide emergency assistance to those in need. Assist with rent, utilities, sometimes medication depending on type & cost. Food pantry that people can access 1 time per month. Also provide Veteran services.

1711 23rd Street
Columbus, NE 68601

Student Health Fund
Provide health care for all students; Public & Parochial who do not have insurance or do not qualify for other programs 

3214 25th Street
Columbus, NE 68601