Homeless Prevention Assistance

Homeless Prevention Financial Assistance Summary

The Homeless Prevention -Financial Assistance Program is available to subsidize housing costs incurred by tribal members who are dealing with financial hardship during the COVID-19 crisis

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ABSENTEE SHAWNEE HOUSING AUTHORITY HOMELESS PREVENTION- CARES ACT FUND PROGRAM

INCOME REQUIREMENTS

1 $44,744
2 $51,136
3 $57,528
4 $63,920
5 $69,034
6 $74,147
7 $79,261
8 $84,374
  • Applicants must submit the following documents along with the Financial Assistance Application before the application can be processed to receive assistance: a) two (2) months of current employment paystubs or if job loss final paystub of previous employment, b) photo ID and tribal identification for family members 18 and over, c) if received, copy of unemployment benefits.
  • Applicants who are currently housed must also submit the following documents before they are eligible to receive financial assistance:a) proof of rent or mortgage amount, b) current proof of lease or ownership of property c) length of residency, d) landlord contact information, and e) eviction notice or summons (if applicable).
  • Applicants who are NOT currently housed must also submit proof of homelessness before they are eligible to receive financial assistance. Assistance shall not be provided until execution of rental lease agreement or mortgage loan.
  • Applicants approved for financial assistance will be required to attend an initial assessment with the Resident Education Specialist. Note: This meeting is mandatory. You will not receive financial assistance if you miss this requirement!
  • Applicants will develop a case plan if deemed necessary with the Resident Education Specialist addressing barriers to obtaining or maintaining housing including credit history, budgeting, substance abuse, mental health, physical health, disability, income, etc.
  • Applicants approved for the program will only be provided a one-time assistance not to exceed $1,000.00 per household. Funds will be paid directly to the utility, landlord or mortgage company. No funds will be made payable directly to the applicant.
  • Applicants approved for the assistance shall request from the Resident Education Specialist other drop-in services such as food (canned goods, snacks, and juice), hygiene products, cleaning products or personal protection equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 crisis only upon request and as supplies are available.
  • Applicant approved for financial assistance will be entering into a financial assistance subsidy agreement. The program will only operate as funds remain available.
  • Applicants approved for the assistance will be placed on a waiting list with preference provided to enrolled Absentee Shawnee Tribal members.
  • Applicants must agree to allow us to contact anyone, including your landlord and employer, regarding your tenancy and/or your household income by signing the attached release of information included within the application. Applicants must agree to allow the individuals we contact to provide us with the related documentation, not allowing communication will result in termination of the subsidy assistance agreement.
  • Ineligible Applicants:
  • A current resident of HUD assisted housing programs such as but not limited to public or Indian housing units or section 8 housing;
  • Previous tenants or homeowners who owe a debt to the ASHA or any other public or Indian housing authority for past-due rent or damages to a dwelling unit;
  • Reside in home built prior to 1978;
  • Reside outside ASHA service area, present service area is Oklahoma County, Lincoln County, Pottawatomie County and Cleveland County, Oklahoma.

PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU FAIL TO COMPLY WITH ANY OF THE TERMS OF THE HOMELESS PREVENTION – FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE POLICY, ASHA WILL NOT ASSIST YOU.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Applicant must be a member of a federally recognized tribe;
  • The Applicant must be at least eighteen (18) years of age;
  • The Applicant must qualify as a low-income household meeting the income guidelines established by HUD.
  • The home must be occupied by the Participant(s) must be located within the Tribe’s designated housing service area for the Program as defined by the Tribe’s Indian Housing Plan, which presently includes Pottawatomie County, Lincoln County, Oklahoma County and Cleveland County, Oklahoma;
  • The Dwelling Unit must be free from defects, meet the definition of a standard home, and in compliance with all applicable building and occupancy codes at the time of assistance; and
  • The Applicant dwelling unit they are requesting assistance must be his/her principal residence at the time of assistance.
  • The Applicant must publicly disclose any conflicts of interest arising from immediate family ties to any employee of the ASHA, member of the BOC and/or Executive Committee members.
  • The Applicant must attend a mandatory assessment prior to receiving any assistance.