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Legal Aid of Nebraska takes action by providing a legal safety net in times of crisis.

When COVID-19 entered Nebraska in March of 2020, single mother Audreana Thompson’s life drastically changed.

In 2020, 20% of all cases Legal Aid of Nebraska closed involved a COVID-19 related legal issue. Among all COVID-19 related cases closed, 67% were for clients indicating that they rented their housing, and among those that rented, 89% reported incomes at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Level.

Before the pandemic, Audreana was thriving with a stable job as a pharmacy technician. Shortly after the pandemic hit Nebraska, Audreana discovered she was pregnant. Next, the daycare closed for her 4-year-old daughter. A Kentucky native, Audreana did not benefit from having family nearby to help with childcare.

“It was just me and my daughter,” she said. “It was very, very stressful. Being pregnant and not being able to work. You’ve got to feed your kids and make sure your lights stay on.”

Soon, because she could not work and had to stay home to care for her child, she fell behind on the rent.

Receiving her eviction notice was horrible. “I was really scared. Possibly having a knock on my door and being told, ‘Hey, you’ve got 15 minutes to grab your things and leave.’ That was very scary.”

With eviction looming, Audreana turned to Legal Aid for free assistance. She met with an attorney from Legal Aid’s Housing Justice Project who immediately went to work for Audreana and her family.

“Legal Aid of Nebraska saved my family from being homeless and it gave me that extra time I needed to be able to get back on my feet,” Audreana said.

Legal Aid of Nebraska’s team of housing attorneys helps people just like Audreana every day through these challenging times.