Cleveland County Oklahoma assistance.

The United Way is providing funding to these charities and aid organizations so that they can provide assistance to Cleveland County and Norman Oklahoma residents.

Basic living needs needs

American Red Cross- Heart of Oklahoma Chapter - They offer emergency Response aid, which supplies basic needs, provides relief to victims of disasters, and also helps address mental health needs. 405.321.0591

Rent and mortgage assistance

Central Oklahoma Community Action Agency - This agency provides rent and mortgage assistance that will prevent homelessness. Funds are available from federal grant programs. (405) 275-6060

Food assistance

Shelter for Friends - Offer food and an Outreach program, which provides hot meals to those who are in need of help. This organization is also equipped with free internet and phone access to assist county residents with employment searches and housing searches. In addition, they also offer emergency services which will provides utility bill and rental assistance, emergency transportation, food aid, and motel placement services.




Shelter, food assistance, clothing, and more.

Salvation Army - They provide a wide variety of aid, including emergency shelter, food, help paying utility bills, free clothing, disaster services, and rent help. Holiday assistance may be offered too, including free meals and toys for children. The organization is committed to helping the less fortunate in the region and will offer as much support as possible. Help for seniors in Cleveland County may be available too, including free fans and transportation to appointments. Phone (405) 364-9910. Read Cleveland Oklahoma Salvation Army assistance programs.

Community housing

Thunderbird Clubhouse - Provides persons who have a mental illness with emergency housing and cash grants. In addition, they offer food assistance to mentally ill individuals. (405) 321-7331





Cleveland County medical, health care, and dental programs

The Norman and Cleveland County clinic Health for Friends provides health care, routine medical services and care, urgent care medical services, medical bill negotiating, and health education to low income, unemployed and uninsured individuals. They also run a pharmacy that provides either free or low cost medications. Last, but not least, a dental clinic offers education, referrals to low cost dentists and dental care to the underserved population in Norman Oklahoma. Phone 405.329.4161.

Advice from lawyers

Receive free legal aid from Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma. Call them at 405.360.6631. Lawyers provide free, high quality civil legal services and consultations to low income and elderly people in Oklahoma. Get free legal help for foreclosures, unemployment compensation, health concerns, and other civil matters.

Get assistance for bills and expenses in Cleveland County Oklahoma

The Central Oklahoma Community Action Agency offers several programs and services.

One component offered is Family Support Services. This is a service that provides direct help and financial assistance for paying bills. It will help individuals and families meet their basic, everyday needs for rent costs, food, clothing, mortgage help, utilities, money for paying debts, and housing costs. All of the grants are of course limited.

In addition, Family Support Services provides a free food pantry, temporary housing, home buyer education, and family budget and debt counseling. Cleveland Oklahoma families can also get some medical care. Also gain access to Eye Glasses / Eye Exam Assistance as well as Prescription Assistance. This is mostly for kids and seniors, or find other sources of free eye exams.




Additional medical and prescription drug help can be obtained from Oklahoma Department of Commerce's Rx for Oklahoma. This is a state run prescription assistance program developed to help individuals that are uninsured or underinsured, and it provides them with needed prescription drugs. Find other prescription drug programs.

Call the Central Oklahoma Community Action Agency at (405) 275-6060. Additional social services and resources are available as well from the non-profit. Or click more community action programs.

St Joseph SVDPS of Norman Oklahoma (phone (405) 701-3693) may be able to help the low income, working poor, and unemployed with some limited rent assistance, funds for utility bills, prescription medication assistance, and more.

Mission Norman Inc. will provide at minimum rent assistance of $25.00 once a year. They will try to do more in a crisis. (405) 321-8880

Cleveland County DHS - Provides financial assistance, including housing and utility help, and prescriptions + medical assistance to families and individuals who are considered low-income. Call (405) 573-8300.

Alameda Church of Christ  -Provides partial utility bill assistance by appointment only. People with disconnections are prioritized. Click here for disconnection laws, or call the Norman Oklahoma agency at (405) 321-0788.

McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church - Provides utility assistance for all types of services, including gas, electric and water bills. (405) 321-3484

St Andrew Catholic Church - Provides help to qualified applicants with paying utility and cooling bills. Call (405) 799-3334 for information.

Public assistance from DHS - The county can provide application to benefits such as SNAP food stamps, SoonerCare, and cash payments from SSI disability. There are many other services available in Cleveland County as well for very low income families.

A combination of state grants and other sources of funding are relied on for these benefits, and social workers will also offer job placement and training to clients. This is especially true for TANF - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Find more details on Cleveland County public assistance.





Basic needs from non-profits include free clothes, school supplies, household items, and even Christmas assistance. Several organizations around the Cleveland County region provide the less fortunate, especially children, with free items. Many of the programs are seasonal, such as Christmas gifts and toys. However free clothes may also be distributed as resources allow. Get information on Cleveland County clothing closets.

Cleveland County seasonal Christmas and holiday programs - Organizations ranging from churches to businesses and local non-profits collect gifts and food for low income families. For those that apply, and are qualified, free games, toys, gifts, and meals may be provided. Learn more.

Food & Housing For Friends – Programs offered include Congregate Meals/Nutrition Sites for low income and homeless people, Child and Adult Care Food Programs, and Energy Bill Assistance. 104 W Comanche, Norman, Oklahoma 73069. Call (405) 360-4954

Faith based IHNM provides support to the poor and families in poverty. Food, meals, and in some cases, money may be offered for emergency expenses such as rent or utilities. The homeless and seniors can also call on In His Name Ministries for help, and click here more information.

St Mark Catholic Church – The center offers assistance with food, rent, utilities, energy bills and other miscellaneous items. Assistance is provided at most once every six months, if funds are available, and if the applicant meets qualifications. Norman Oklahoma based. Phone (405) 366-8070.

Health For Friends – Health and medical care can be provided to those who have no other options. Resources can alleviate providers and institutions with the cost of giving care by taking that burden from other centers. The clinic provides health education, routine medical services, physicals, urgent care services, treatment of acute and chronic conditions, well woman care, and medical monitoring. Address is 317 E Himes Street, Norman, Oklahoma 73071. Phone (405) 329-4161.

Seniors and the disabled can contact Areawide Aging Agency. This is part of the nationwide network focused on the elderly. They run a help line that gives information on everything from Medicare to food, free medical equipment, government grants, and resources such as DSMP - Diabetes Self-Management. Both seniors and caregivers can get support. Click more Areawide Aging Agency in Cleveland County.

Credit repair and foreclosure counseling

Oklahoma Credit Counselors provide both free housing and foreclosure counseling, as well as debt reduction and credit repair programs. Get advice and possible support in dealing with companies you may owe money too, such as a credit card company or medical provider. Also gain budgeting and general financial skills from Norman Oklahoma non-profit credit counselors. (800) 737-2933





Food, clothing, information, and non-financial aid

The following may be able to provide free food, clothing, household products, diapers, and more to Norman and Cleveland County Oklahoma families. You need to call them for the specifics. First Baptist Church of Moore (phone (405) 793-2600), St Andrew Catholic Church ((405) 793-3334), Little Axe Community Center (dial (405) 292-9770), and Trinity Baptist Church ((405) 321-2000) among others.

There are many other options. Dozens of pantries and soup kitchens will support the low income. Many also have staff that can help those living in poverty apply for benefits such as SNAP food stamps or direct them to holiday meal programs. Locate more food banks in the region.

By Jon McNamara

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