Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Cares Act

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
COVID-19 Coronavirus Relief Fund

 
CARES Act Funding Extension

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma has allotted additional CARES Act funds for the Disability Food Security and Elder Food Security Programs. All tribal members enrolled in the program will receive $200 per month in April, May and June. The funding will be added to your CARES Act funding card. If you have lost or disposed of your funding card, please contact 580-916-9140, ext. 83814, 83822 or 83876.


COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

Due to limited funding, this program will end after eligible tribal member households have received 3 months of assistance.

Program Summary
This assistance is available for qualified charges for rent and utilities provided between March 13, 2020 and December 31, 2021, which have not been paid with other funds. The Choctaw Nation ERAP will make payments directly to landlords and utilities, not to household members.

Qualification Requirement
To Demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability:

  • Have a household income at or below 80% of the area median income or qualify for unemployment
  • Estimated area median income can be found on this website
  • Landlords and utility companies will be required to complete Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma application forms to receive payments. Choctaw Nation tribal members must attest that they and members of their household have not received, and will not receive, payments for these same monthly charges from any other sources.
  • Eligible Age: 18+
  • Application Dates: March 1, 2021 to November 30, 2021, or until allocated funding is exhausted.
  • Benefit: Up to 3 months of assistance, per eligible Choctaw Nation tribal member household
  • Contact: Choctaw Nation Housing Authority
    [email protected]
    Toll Free 800-235-3087
    Local 580-326-7521

Emergency Broadband Benefit

Program Summary
A temporary FCC program to help households struggling to afford internet service during the pandemic.

Eligibility

  • Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain government assistance programs;
  • Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch or breakfast program;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

Benefit

  • Up to $50/month discount for broadband service;
  • Up to $75/month discount for households on qualifying Tribal lands; and
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider.
  • Contact: For additional information, call 833-511-0311, or visit fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit. Contact your Preferred Provider directly and ask if they participate in the EBB.

FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

Program Summary
Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.

Qualification Requirement

  • You are a U.S. citizen, non-citizen, national, or qualified alien who paid for funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.
  • The funeral expenses were an individual whose death in the United States, territories or the District of Columbia, may have been caused by or was likely the result of COVID-19.
  • A minor child cannot apply for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance on behalf of an adult who is not a U.S. citizen, non-citizen, or qualified alien.

Eligibility

  • The death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
  • The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19.
  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.
  • There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.
  • Benefit: Assistance is limited to a maximum of $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,500 per application per state, territory, or the District of Columbia. If assistance has already been received through the Choctaw Nation Tribal Burial Program, the applicant would receive the difference up to $9,000 per funeral and $35,500 per application.
  • Contact: FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance at 844-684-6333. Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time.

COVID-19 Elder Food Security

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma has allotted additional CARES Act funds for the Elder Food Security Program. All tribal members enrolled in the program will receive $200 per month in July and August. The funding will be added to your CARES Act funding card. If you have lost or disposed of your funding card, please contact 580-916-9140, ext. 83814, 83822 or 83876.


COVID-19 Disability Food Security

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma has allotted additional CARES Act funds for the Disability Food Security Program. All tribal members enrolled in the program will receive $200 per month in April, May and June. The funding will be added to your CARES Act funding card. If you have lost or disposed of your funding card, please contact 580.916.9140, ext. 83814, 83822 or 83876.


ACT Online Test Prep

Program Summary
ACT Academy is offering a free online ACT test prep tool for students with personalized, self-guided plans based on test results from the PreACT and ACT tests, as well as official ACT practice tests. Students can sign up at academy.act.org for this free service. Once students set up their username and password, they will be able to watch webinars over each subject area and take practice tests.

  • Benefit: Free
  • Service Area: National