For information on the services mentioned below, residents should contact their local human service center, or dial 1-866-411-1877 for more details or locations. These state of Oklahoma programs are offered by regional Department of Human Services Centers, including in Tulsa County.
Anyone seeking information on LIHEAP energy bills assistance should call their Services Center, or dial 1-866-411-1877. The publicly funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program can offer financial assistance and cash grants for paying utility bills, including winter and summer expenses.
LIHEAP may be able to provide money to Tulsa families for paying winter heating bills, energy crisis, summer cooling expenses, and also energy conservation. For example, also get help from weatherization and other energy-related home repair assistance. Funds can help pay for air conditioner or heating unit system repairs. This federal government program, which Human Service Centers provide, is offered for qualified low-income households throughout each year during specific application periods, which will be during the winter and hot Oklahoma summer months.
Oklahoma food stamps, also known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), provides vouchers for buying groceries, food, and other nutritional items. Only eligible foods can be bought with SNAP food benefits. This will usually be items like breads, milk, vegetables, and even seed for growing your own food at home. Some of what Tulsa Oklahoma families can’t buy with government food stamps includes household items, paper goods, cleaning products, Tobacco products, Vitamins or medicine, hot prepared meals, Alcoholic beverages, and Personal hygiene or care items like toothpaste. Dial 1-866-411-1877 for details on SNAP in Tulsa, or inquire at a local Human Service center.
For information on cash type public assistance, whether from the state of Oklahoma or county, very low income families can call upon DHS. The social workers from the county will need to follow all federal, state, and local policies to determine if someone qualifies as well as benefit amounts for each program. Everything will also be determined based on the individual's level of need.
The government assistance programs that will be assessed include cash grants from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), SNAP Food Stamps, Fuel Assistance, Section 8 Rent Subsidies, Medicaid and other public benefits. This process will generally require a face-to-face interview with the applicant.
Administered by the state of Oklahoma Division of Medical Assistance and other agencies that include the Tulsa County Department of Human Services, Medicaid (or SoonerCare) is a key government health care program. It pays a portion of medical bills for eligible low-income residents who are unable to afford the cost of dental or medical care on their own. Medicaid rules and regulations are a combination of Federal and State of Oklahoma laws. The terms will vary. But in general, the public program costs are paid with federal government and state taxes.
Discounted prescriptions may be available in Tulsa County using the RX Prescription Card. This program is part of the regional Pharmacy Connection Council, and the state and various non-profit partner agencies want to help ensure residents can access the prescription drugs they need. A focus is on assisting the low income and families with no, or limited, health insurance.
Often combined with LIHEAP above are the Weatherization Assistance Programs (WAP). Tulsa Department of Human Services can offer referrals to this public aid program, and this service helps reduce soaring energy and especially heating costs for low-income Tulsa County residents. As this is done, at the same time it makes their homes more energy-efficient and comfortable to live in throughout the year.
Based on the results of a professionally conducted home energy audit by local contractors, various energy saving measures are done for free. This includes caulking windows, tuning heating system, weather-stripping doors, insulating attics, or adding CFL bulbs. These updates will result in lower energy bills and homes that are warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer!
Funding for WAP comes from various sources, including the US Department of Energy, the US Department of Health and Human Services, the state of Oklahoma. These services are completely free of charge to the homeowner or tenant, and there is no application fee.
Another program under high demand in the county is for help with phone bills. The main option is the government supported Lifeline as well as SafeLink free cell phone programs. Or the client may be provided a discount on the service. With funding from the federal government, it supplies qualifying clients with free cell phones and monthly airtime, or they may receive a monthly discount. For a smaller free, the SafeLink cell phones also offer in-demand features, such as texting, three-way calling, voicemail, call waiting, and 911 access.
Job training is available for Tulsa County adults seeking employment, including those on the DHS Temporary Assistance for Needy Family Program (TANF). The sessions held at local workforce centers teach clients how to apply current workplace principles to the modern work environment. This public program helps the under or unemployed develop the skills needed for success in the workforce. Moreover, the state and local workforce centers provides a community of support as clients strive to better themselves. Classes are held at local sites.
The main DHS offices are as follows. They are 3666 N Peoria in Tulsa Oklahoma (zip code 74106), and the phone number is (800) 734-7509. There is another site at 444 S Houston, Tulsa, OK 74127, (800) 734-7516. Or if a resident does not know their local center, they can call 1-866-411-1877.
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