Non-profits and government agencies in Oklahoma run homeless prevention programs. The organizations that administer these services receive funding from the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, and the money comes from the Emergency Solution Grant (ESG) program.
There is assistance for both the homeless as well as tenants threatened with an eviction in Oklahoma. Emergency grant based aid can help keep a tenant in their home by helping to pay their rent or utility costs. There is also support for families or individuals that are homeless per the Stewart B. McKinney. In these instances the client will be provided supporting ranging from shelter to grants for paying security deposits on a new, affordable apartment.
The state of Oklahoma Community Housing Department receives support from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The federal government provides grants to charities as well as units of general local government. This money can be used for activities, such as back rent, moving costs, transitional housing, rental application fees, or to pay for security deposits. Other housing may also be arranged.
Many of the community action agencies (CAA) partner with their local government on self-sufficiency plans as well. This is a requirement for both the homeless seeking to be rehoused as well as tenants applying for eviction prevention help. The reason it is required is that it is difficult to authorize the payment of an Emergency Solution Grant (ESG) or to provide a loan to the applicant for their rent if they can't maintain the home.
The CAA in Oklahoma take a leading role in these self-sufficiency programs. These privately run, yet non-profit organizations, take a leading role in fighting poverty and underemployment. The programs are aimed at helping the homeless as well as working poor gain mid to long term employment. They can show people how to budget for their rent, provide legal support around tenant rights and responsibilities, and otherwise coordinate homeless prevention services in Oklahoma.
Homeless prevention in the state of Oklahoma may also include ongoing rent and eviction prevention subsidies. These so called housing relocation or stabilization services prevent an individual from becoming homeless in the future as well. The ESG funds can be used to provide either short or medium-term rental assistance so the family can live in income based housing.
To apply for a subsidy, the client's income needs to generally be at or below 30% of the state of Oklahoma's median income. The applicant therefore needs to have some form of employment to apply for this program. This subsidy also needs to help participants regain stability in their current permanent housing. When that is not possible, then the homeless prevention program may take the step of assisting them with a move into other permanent housing and help them of course gain stability.
Additional eviction help may be available too. Examples of what agencies in Oklahoma may incorporate into their programs range from legal aid to resources from the Continuum of Care, including basic needs such as food or clothing. On the other hand, the homeless may be placed into emergency shelters or transitional housing programs to give them time to stabilize.
The general terms and conditions of the eviction prevention and rehousing programs is above. However each county has their own application process and funding levels. Find more information on security deposit help or other grant based aid for housing needs below.
Big Five Community Services of Bryan, Carter, Coal, Love, Pontotoc County
Address of the office is 1502 North First
Durant, OK 74701
Dial the center at (580) 924-5331
Caddo and Grady County - Washita Valley Community Action Council
Address is 205 West Chickasha Avenue
Chickasha, Oklahoma 73023
Telephone: (405) 224-5831
Central Oklahoma includes the counties of Cleveland, Lincoln, Logan, Payne, Pottawatomie, Seminole
429 North Union
Shawnee, Oklahoma 74802
Telephone number is (405) 275-6060
Oklahoma City and Oklahoma/Canadian Counties
The homeless prevention program is run from 319 SW 25th
Oklahoma City, OK 73109
Telephone number for information - (405) 232-0199
The eviction and rapid rehousing programs range from Emergency Solution Grants to motel vouchers for low income tenants and more. Read more on Oklahoma County.
Community Action Development Corporation - Counties of Beckham, Cotton, Jefferson, Kiowa, Roger Mills, Tillman, and Washita
Location is 105 S. Main
Frederick, OK 73542
Community Action Resource of Mayes, Nowata, Rogers, Wagoner, Washington
Location is 707 W. Lowry Road
Claremore, Oklahoma 74018
Intake - 918-341-5000
Garfield, Grant County Region
Office for homeless assistance is 114 S. Independence
Enid, OK 73701
Telephone: (580) 242-6131
Referrals are given to federal and state funded homeless prevention programs (HPRP). Clients, including seniors and the disabled, can learn about grant based resources, relocation services, and even section 8.
Deep Fork Community Action - Counties of Hughes, McIntosh, Okfuskee, Okmulgee
Okmulgee, OK 74447-0670
Phone: (918) 756-2826
Garvin, McClain, Stephens Counties
308 S.W. 2nd Street
Lindsay, OK 73052
Telephone: (405) 756-1100
Comanche County - Great Plains Improvement Foundation
Lawton, Oklahoma 73502
Telephone: (580) 353-2364
INCA Community Services - Atoka, Johnston, Marshall, Murray County
Tishomingo, OK 73460
Main phone - 580-371-2352
Ki Bois Community Action - Haskell, Latimer, Le Flore, Pittsburg, Sequoyah County
200 SE A Street
Stigler, OK 74462-0727
Telephone: (918) 967-3325
Tenants with an eviction notice can sign up for legal aid or case management. There may also be referrals to loan programs or charities for additional rent or deposit help.
Choctaw, McCurtain, Pushmataha Counties CAA
Main address: 209 North 4th Street
Hugo, OK 74743
Telephone: (580) 326-3351
Muskogee, OK 74402-0647
Telephone: (918) 683-7637
The homeless seeking rehousing, homeowners with a foreclosure filing, or people in rent arrears can dial for advice.
Northeast Oklahoma Region - Craig, Delaware, Ottawa County
Main address: 856 E. Melton Drive, Suite C
Jay, OK 74346
Opportunities CAA of Alfalfa, Beaver, Blaine, Cimarron, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Harper, Kingfisher, Major, Texas, Woods, and Woodward
117 West Russworm
Watonga, Oklahoma 73772
Southwest Oklahoma - Counties include Greer, Harmon, and Jackson
Altus, OK 73522
Telephone: (580) 482-5040
4606 S. Garnett Rd., Suite 100
Tulsa, OK 74146
For intake, call 918-382-3200
Tenants with an eviction letter or who need legal advice for housing court can call for help. Continue to find more details on eviction assistance in Tulsa County.
United Community Action Program - Creek, Kay, Noble, Osage, and Pawnee County
Location is 501 6th Street
Pawnee, OK 74058
Phone: (918) 762-3041
This non-profit may have information on housing programs, including federal government resources such as ESG for stopping evictions, shelters, and more.