If you are one of the millions of Americans struggling in this weak economy, a few local organizations in the Tulsa area can provide help. The Salvation Army ((918) 582-7201), Boston Avenue Helping Hand (phone 582-1356), and the Oklahoma Department of Human Services provide resources and programs that can help with utility bills, prescription medications, rent, and more. Some of the programs, and their contact information, is listed below.
The Salvation Army has emergency financial assistance, which is a year-round program that will assist Tulsa county residents who are experiencing short term difficulty in meeting their basic financial needs, including funding for utility bills and grants to help pay rent. (918) 582-7201
The Tulsa DHS (Department of Human Services) processes applications for the Oklahoma Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This will provide residents with grants for winter heating bills, summer cooling, energy crisis, and/or weatherization services and other energy-related home repair assistance to qualified low to moderate income households in the area.
Weatherization assistance will help families reduce their energy bills, as the assistance program will install, for free, upgrades to peoples home, such as insulation, new windows, caulking, and more. LIHEAP will provide people with cash grants that can be used to pay utility bills.
For more information, low income families can inquire at their local Human Services Center in Tulsa. If a resident needs to know the location that services their area, the phone number is 1-866-411-1877. Or Read more Oklahoma LIHEAP.
Boston Avenue Helping Hands may also be able to provide you with funds for utility bills. (918) 582-1356.
The United Way partners with non-profits on a VITA program. This service employees IRS-certified and trained tax preparers who will assist families and individuals with preparation of their income taxes, in particular simple federal and state tax forms. Their goal is also to help maximize your refunds by filing for all appropriate benefits and tax credits (such as the Child Tax Credit and EITC). They will also file your return electronically so that you will get your refund as soon as possible. In addition, you may also choose to have your refund deposited directly into your bank or checking account to further speed up the process.
The Credit Counseling Centers of Tulsa Oklahoma, phone number is 800-324-5611, offers a number of assistance programs that provide guidance and financial counseling to low-income families on such matters as debt counseling, access to public benefits and scholarships, budgeting and money-management, opportunities for home ownership, advice on mortgages and foreclosure, and the dangers of posed by predatory lenders and payday loans. Learn more on debt reduction programs.
A few local charities and organizations have assistance programs for several different types of expenses. All of these organizations will from time to time will have funding for rent assistance, prescription drugs, utility bills, and more. Contact them for more information or to apply. The organization include Boston Avenue Helping Hands, Inc. (918-582-1356), and Western Neighbors, Inc. (918-445-8840).
One local charity organization, Restore Hope, offers rent assistance only, and the phone number is 918-878-7999. The line is answered Monday-Wednesday 9am-12pm and on Thursday 9am-11am.
The non-profit and charity referral service of Tulsa offers a number of housing and energy bill programs. Local agencies may have rental help for those facing imminent eviction. Low income families that are looking for a new, affordable apartment can get help from security deposit assistance programs. Other resources are the Home Choice Voucher, loans to pay utility or rental deposits, and more.
The non-profit organizations in the region administer other benefits as well. This may include Children's Health Insurance Program, Head Start, Work First, and they other referrals. The main office for the referral service is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Phone 918-295-1284. Or continue reading on Tulsa Community action agency.
The Salvation Army contact information is 918-582-7201. Programs offered in Tulsa include job finding, financial aid, housing, food, holiday meals and much more. Click here.
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services contact information is (405) 521-3444.
Day Center for the Homeless runs the homeless prevention and rapid rehousing program. The program offers financial assistance and grants for people who are imminent risk of being evicted and losing their home. (918) 556-6444
Government aid and social services - Tulsa County Oklahoma can offer its citizens everything from free prescription drugs and health care to cash assistance for housing, funerals and electric bills. The county has several programs in place for the very low income and people who are struggling. Find more information.
Bixby Community Outreach Center offers financial assistance for paying rent, utilities and cooling bills, prescription medications and gasoline. They only support BIXBY RESIDENTS that qualify. The agency also helps with free food and clothing, job counseling and other aid. Phone (918) 366-9226.
Tulsa Oklahoma based Restore Hope offers housing counseling, and may be able to provide rent assistance for persons and families living in Tulsa County. The grants are part of the Homeless Prevention Initiative. Other assistance from the churches ranges from free school supplies to Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, as well as low income housing for women and single parents. Call (918) 582-5766, or find details on Restore Hope Ministries financial assistance.
Catholic Charity - Low income, seniors, disabled, and the working poor can receive help from several different programs that are offered. A high level summary of them is here. Qualifications need to be met before applying for aid.
Some of the programs go by the name of St. Padre Pio Assistance Center or St. Elizabeth Lodge. A wide variety of services are provided. Read more Tulsa Catholic Charities.
Charities, pregnancy centers, and churches help new parents. They offer free baby supplies, diapers, cribs, and many other foods to qualified low income families in Tulsa. Some offer emergency financial aid too or medications to help the mom recover. Generally the assistance is for kids under the age of 6 or so, with a focus on infants and newborns. More on Tulsa baby supply programs.
RAIN Oklahoma – The non-profit agency helps persons with HIV or AIDS deal with housing, rent, and other needs. Their families may also be able to find permanent, long term supportive housing under the federal government and HUD's Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program. For example, individuals may receive limited amounts of rental, utility bill, and/or mortgage payment assistance. Other services can include referrals for health care, medications, and counseling. 1103 SW C Ave Ste 4, Lawton, Oklahoma 73501, call (800) 285-2273
Neighbor for Neighbor may have short term, lower interest loans that Tulsa County residents can apply for in a crisis. The money can be used to pay expenses and bills such as utilities, if the client has a cut off notice. Funds may be used for other expenses as well, such as rent, food or housing. The program is very limited in scope, and clients must repay or work off the loan. All applications are taken on a case-by-base basis as funds are made available to the organization, and donations are accepted too. 505 E 36 St North, Tulsa, OK 74106, main phone: (918) 425-5578
Western Neighbors – Services a limited area, including zip codes of 74107, 74132, 74131, 74150 and 74157. Money can be used to pay electric/cooling bills if faced with disconnection. 4981 S Tacoma, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74107, (918) 445-8840
Emergency rent help and eviction prevention - More non-profits and agencies offer housing assistance in Tulsa. There may be no interest loans or government grants for paying a portion of back rent, mediation and counseling with landlords, and other support. Find additional ways to get rent help in Tulsa.
In addition to the Tulsa Salvation Army branch (contact information is above) another organization is Sand Springs Community Services (phone 245-5183). They have as their main goal the mission of providing temporary assistance to people facing a crisis. Eligible applicants can get immediate help to deal with their crisis. People can get assistance for paying their rent and housing expenses, utility bills, free food, services, access to other non-profit resources, education and referrals to Oklahoma and federal government assistance programs.
Another agency that administers programs is the Wagoner Area Neighbors. They provide emergency financial assistance for bills, food, clothing, and information on other Tulsa charities and non-profit organizations. Call them at 485-2309. Find additional information on community action agencies.
Another agency that funds many local non-profits is the Tulsa United Way. While they can’t give you cash themselves, they can refer you to local agencies that may be able to satisfy your need. Call them at the referral number of 211 for more information.
Other community action agencies that offer help with bills include Broken Arrow ((918) 251-7781) and Sand Springs Community Services ((918) 245-5183).
State of Oklahoma Volunteers of America (VOA) – Low income apartments and housing is available, with a focus on the elderly, disabled, and formerly homeless in Tulsa County. Other services, such as support with bill paying and residential care for the disabled, is also administered. Families facing eviction may also receive referrals to emergency grant programs. More Volunteers of America Oklahoma.
American Legion – Applicants must reside in Oklahoma, and have been honorably discharged veterans or their immediate families. If qualified, the legion can help Tulsa Oklahoma veterans in getting financial aid from Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs for rent, shelter and utilities. Financial assistance and grants are only given in cases of true emergency such as accident, serious medical condition, death, disaster, or sickness. 1120 East 8th Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74120, call (918) 584-4274
Glenpool Outreach Center – Only people in the Glenpool community may apply for limited amounts of utility bill assistance. Get information on clothing closets and food pantries too. 596 W 141, Glenpool, Oklahoma 74033, telephone (918) 321-2300
Clothing and household goods are available in Tulsa County from distribution centers, thrift stores, churches, and other non-profits. Low income families can receive free clothes, vouchers, or gift certificates while others may need to pay minimal costs. Other items offered may include baby clothes, diapers, work suits and referrals. More Tulsa Clothing closets.
Owasso Community Resources - Provides emergency assistance for paying electric and utilities for individuals and families facing economic hardships or a crisis. Other programs and services may include rent, food, medications, and case management/advice. 109 N Birch Ste 109, Owasso, OK 74055, call (918) 272-4969
John 3:16 Mission – Funds will be paid directly to your utility company. May also have free food, meals, shelter, and spiritual guidance and direction. Low income of all backgrounds can apply for help. 2027 N Cincinnati, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74106
Harvest House – Up to $50 may be paid for utility assistance toward a disconnect or a cut off notice. Can only apply for utility bill assistance once every 4 months. Other emergency programs offered in Tulsa are for food assistance, clothing assistance, and infant services. The address is 1439 E. 71st Tulsa Oklahoma 74136. Call 918-884-7667 on Mondays after 5pm.
Broken Arrow Neighbors offers several resources and programs. These include emergency rent, utility bill and prescription vouchers. Some so called basic needs such as clothing, back to school supplies, food, WIC applications, and information on local job training in Tulsa County may be available as well. Call (800) 648-2302.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society will only help income qualified candidates that have MS. Emergency financial aid (one time only) can be offered for rent, energy bills, or a mortgage. Or get information on medications and health care programs for MS patients. Address is 4606 East 67th Street Building Tulsa, Oklahoma 74136. Call (918) 488-0882.
Temporary housing assistance can be provided by non-profits. They may offer emergency shelter or transitional housing programs. Case managers will also help families locate a new, affordable permanent home to live in. Or get help in applying for financial assistance for paying rent, deposits, or the section 8 voucher programs. More information.
Arms Around BA is located in Broken Arrow. Dial (918) 258-7714 for intake. The non-profit may have utility bill assistance to those with a cut-off notice. Other resources include a food pantry and community clinic for basic medical needs and check ups.
First Baptist Church Of Tulsa - Caring Center Downtown will help several people per week as funding allows. This can include money for paying electric bills, food, groceries, and work or school clothing. Other goods such as shoes, winter coats, and more may be offered if they were donated. The center is at 305 S Detroit. Phone - (918) 587-6000
Find help to stop an eviction, homelessness, or even foreclosure. There are resources that work to keep lower income families housed, with a focus on senior citizens as well as families (or single moms) with children. HUD grants may offer emergency financial help for various bills or housing costs. Read Tulsa County homeless prevention.
Christmas and Thanksgiving assistance - Find the main charities as well as social service departments that provide help to struggling families. Whether a Tulsa resident is struggling, unemployed, or homeless, there may be free toys for their child, winter coats, and meal services. Find holiday help in Tulsa.
Neighbors Along The Line offers applications to several assistance programs to the working poor, seniors, and low income. Most of them are more self-sufficiency type resources, however low income energy assistance may be offered. They include Adult Education and GED classes as well as job training. Other services include legal aid, WIC and food tamps applications, and details on free community clinics. 5000 W Charles Page Blvd, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74127, main number is (918) 584-1111
Get information on a number of Oklahoma non-profit agencies and assistance programs that can provide help to all individuals and families across Tulsa County. For example, many of these agencies can help with rent, energy bills, foreclosure, and much more.
The following non-profits can help people negotiate and reduce medical and credit card debts, provide free HUD approved foreclosure counseling, and can guide people through bankruptcies.
Find additional Oklahoma foreclosure prevention resources. More details mortgage help.
The following churches, charities, and food banks provide food and groceries to Tulsa Oklahoma individuals.
There are many other resources available in the Tulsa County community. Everything from vouchers from WIC for buying baby formula to pantries and SNAP food stamp intake sites. The elderly or shut ins can also apply for Meals on Wheels or surplus USDA commodities. If the locations above can’t provide the help you need, or if you want to contact other food pantries, find more Tulsa Oklahoma food banks.
Any of of the following clinics or health care facilities may be able to help low income and uninsured patients. While the exact type and nature of the medical programs will vary, in general the clinics provide patients with comprehensive health care including adult medicine, child care, mental health, pediatrics, medications, and more. Click here to find additional free medical programs.
Free prescription drugs and over the counter medications - An innovative program was created by the Tulsa County Pharmacy. It accepts donations of unused medications that have not expired from local hospitals, nursing facilities, charities, and other local businesses and then redistributes them to the low income and uninsured in the county. The medication program is free for those who qualify, controlled, and is safe for residents to use. Find where to get free medications in Tulsa and learn more how this service works.