Oklahoma City and County assistance programs.
There are agencies that offer financial help in Oklahoma County, including churches, non-profits, and charities. Find where to apply at for grants to help pay utility bills or rent. Or learn where to get free food or medical or dental care from a clinic. There are even assistance programs for job training, day care, and transportation assistance, such as free gasoline vouchers among other resources.
Free health care
Receive free health care from 11 free health clinics across the city. The University of Oklahoma Community Health Alliance (phone 918) 437-6767) offers a variety of services to provide free health care, both during regular business hours and after hours. As one example of one of the clinics, there is an evening clinic open from 5 to 9 p.m. every Monday at City Rescue Mission’s social services center, which is located at 800 W California Ave.. the assistance provided is part of the Bridges to Access Project. In total, there are 11 free clinics across the city.
The night clinics give members with daytime jobs the ability to see a primary care provider for their health care needs in the evening, which helps keep them out of hospital emergency rooms that don’t always provide follow-up appointments to them.
In addition, the clinics will also offers referrals to other doctors throughout Oklahoma City who can help treat those with serious illnesses or medical needs. The clinics work to find the most appropriate doctor for every possible need, and they will find one that offers the most benefits and treatment for that specific individual and their needs. Find additional ways to get free health care.
Another clinic that provides medical care is Variety Care. The organization provides a wide range of health care services for the entire family including access to preventative care, pediatrics, family planning, dental care, geriatrics, and immunizations. They offer high quality medical and dental care for everyone, whether they can afford to pay or not. (405) 235-6466.
Utility bill assistance
The Salvation Army in Oklahoma City (ph (405) 246-1122) provides residents with help paying utility and other energy bills. They will provide aid to hundreds of people per month, however they are constantly trying to raise additional funds so they can help more people in need. The Salvation Army and ONG have partnered together for over the last two decades and together they have helped thousands of families across Oklahoma in the past with a program called Share the Warmth.
Oklahoma City rent and mortgage assistance
An Oklahoma City based non-profit organization that provides rent help, mortgage payments, and eviction prevention services is Neighborhood Services Organization. The details include first months rent to people moving into a new home or apartment. Eviction prevention can pay someone who is about to be evicted with one months of rent payments. Also, if you can’t make your monthly mortgage payment, Neighborhood Services Organization can offer you a grant to pay up to one month of your mortgage! Call the agency at (405) 236-0413 to learn more about the housing programs.
The Salvation Army can also provide funds for housing expenses, such as rent arreage and other expenses.
Emergency financial assistance and help for a crisis
Community Action Agency of Oklahoma City and Oklahoma County - Phone (405) 232-0199 programs offered include:
- Mortgage/Rental Payment Assistance: This housing program was designed to assist families and individuals that have experienced a family emergency that rendered them unable to pay their monthly rent or mortgage
- Crisis Intervention: Funding and cash aid is available on a limited basis for paying for prescriptions and partial payments on utility and cooling bills.
- Bus passes, homeless prevention, Christmas assistance, tax preparation, and other aid.
There are many other programs offered from CAA of OKC. Many are focused on self-sufficiency and long term stability, and those may be free tax advice from VITA, GED training and job placement. They also offer assistance or low interest loans for housing needs, such as rent, home repairs, or a security deposit on a new residence. Or get referrals to emergency shelters or transitional housing programs. Read more Community Action Oklahoma City and Canadian Counties.
Other agencies to call for rent, utility, or emergency help in Oklahoma City include St James Catholic Church ((405) 636-6804), Oklahoma City St Vincent De Paul Society (dial (405) 530-0300). St John the Baptist Catholic Church also offers help, but only for people in the parish area, such as Edmond. Call ((405) 216-7554)
Oklahoma County DHS – This government agency helps families become self-sufficient over the long term, and for those who are not receiving public assistance to remain self-sufficient. Among other programs and assistance, they offer Financial Assistance for Rent and Utilities; Government State Programs; Health Care; Food Stamps; Health Care Home; Medicaid Services; Prescription Assistance; Transportation; and more. 2409 N Kelley Ave, Annex Building, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73111. DHS is also very effective at referring individuals to low cost/free medical clinics in Oklahoma County. Phone number (405) 522-2273.
Upward Transitions – Individuals who are homeless may receive assistance with legal document retrieval (birth certificates, marriage licenses, etc.), state ID purchases, deposits for utilities and public housing, and linkage to other services. Families with children under the age of 18 and seniors 55 years or older may receive assistance with rent or utilities if they have an eviction notice or cut-off notice.
In addition, case workers can offer social casework to those in crisis situations. Call (405) 232-5507 in advance to ask about availability of services. The address of Upward Transitions is 1134 W. Main Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73106.
Epiphany of The Lord Catholic Church – Relies on donations, loans from the community and volunteers to administer rent and utility bills help. Additional support may include security deposit funds, eviction prevention, free food, and other support. They only cover the zip codes of 73142, 73162, 73078, and portions of 73132. Location is 7336 W Britton Road, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73132. Main phone (405) 722-2110.
Saint Vincent Christ the King Church of Oklahoma County has limited emergency aid. This may be prescription medications, electric bill help, and rental programs. (405) 242-4590.
Hope Center of Edmond - Clients of this non-profit are assisted financially with utilities, rent, prescription vouchers. Other services may include free food, clothing, household goods and hygiene items, transportation, baby items, and bedding. 1251 N Broadway, Ste A&B, Edmond, OK 73034. Dial (405) 348-1340.
Emergency assistance from Salvation Army - Programs offered by this charity organization prioritize families with children, seniors, and the disabled. If qualified, the organization may provide cash assistance for basic needs if someone is faced with a crisis. Ongoing case management and advice will be provided at the same time. Oklahoma County families can receive help with the following. Food and meals; Transitional housing; Holiday assistance including gifts and meals; Transportation and more. Additional details.
Social Services - The county administers a number of cash assistance programs for low income residents. Priority is for families and single moms with children, seniors, and the disabled. Most of the aid is to help pay for basic needs and expenses on a short term basis. Examples of what can be paid for include electric and cooling bills, housing, food, and medications. At the same time, individuals can meet with social service workers to gain long term self-sufficiency. Read more.
The following are local churches that may offer some limited financial assistance, mostly with utilities. Some may have some limited funds for rent, medications or free food too. They only help people in their immediate vicinity.
- St Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Del City, Oklahoma (405) 670-6105
- St Monica Catholic Church, Edmond, (405) 341-8128
- St Teresa Catholic Church, Harrah, Oklahoma (405) 343-2938
- St Phillip Neri Catholic Church, Midwest City, (405) 741-0967
- Catholic Charities, 1501 N Classen Blvd, Oklahoma City, (405) 523-3028
- Trinity International Baptist Church, 1329 NW 23rd St, Oklahoma City, (405) 528-6327
- Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 1005 NE 15th St, Oklahoma City, (405) 239-2804
- Quail Springs Baptist Church, 14613 N May, Oklahoma City, (405) 751-1621
- Guild of St George, 117 NW 7th, Oklahoma City,
- Putnam City Baptist Church, 11401 N Rockwell, Oklahoma City, (405) 773-6914
- Shepherds of Love Ministries Inc., Edmond, Oklahoma (405) 348-5195
There are many other national and regional churches that can help families living in poverty. Everything from food to housing, vouchers to buy clothes, transportation from volunteers, and other aid is offered. Find more details on applying for help. Read financial assistance from churches.
There are several non-profit organizations, churches, and programs that focus on offering funds for paying security deposits, transitional housing and also rental assistance. While most of the programs are for a crisis or emergency, they may have funds for ongoing payment too. Find a listing of non-profit rent assistance agencies.
Financial assistance for water bills - While the amount of aid available is limited, qualified low income families who are faced with a crisis may be able to receive monetary assistance for paying water expenses. Another option is a payment plan. Learn more on Oklahoma City water bill assistance.
Cooling assistance, including fans and air conditioners - The Salvation Army, Oklahoma Gas and Electric, and Social Services all work together to help individuals make it through the hot and humid summer months. The agencies provide free fans, air conditioners, and emergency financial help with paying utility bills as needed to qualified Oklahoma County families. Learn more.
Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency can provide assistance on federal government programs such as section 8 vouchers and first time home buying programs. In addition, this location usually helps people recover from natural disasters, such as tornadoes. They will often have grants for these natural disaster situations. Telephone - (405) 419-8196
St Francis Catholic Church – Homeless and eviction prevention funds may be issued in the form of loans for paying rent or maybe a cash grant. Christmas assistance and medical care / medications are offered. The agency will offer referrals to non-profits for this, if funds are available and the family is qualified. The church is at 1901 Nw 18th, Oklahoma City, OK 73106. Call (405) 528-0485 for referrals.
Neighbor for Neighbor can help prevent utility disconnection. Financial aid is only for people that do not live in section 8, public housing or HUD apartments. firstname.lastname@example.org, or the address is 300 SW 13th in the city.
St Monica Catholic Church of Edmond has very limited funds for utilities or rent payments. The church partners with the local St Vincent DePaul Society. Services are available as funds and volunteers are available. Call (405) 341-8128. Another similar charity is Epiphany Of The Lord Catholic Church of 7336 W Britton Road in Oklahoma City. This center also has emergency financial aid. (405) 722-2110.
Areawide Aging Agency, Inc. coordinates assistance for the disabled and seniors in Oklahoma County. Services include transportation to appointments, free food and meals, Legal Services, Housing, and information on government health care. The address is 4101 Perimeter Center Dr., Oklahoma City, OK 73112-5910, phone 405-942-8500. Learn more on programs from Areawide Aging Agency.
Seniors also have other state and federal programs available to them. There are resources focused on the elderly in both Oklahoma County and across the state. Most do not have income restrictions either. Call a non-profit to make an inquiry, or learn more.
St Joseph Catholic Church is also part of Saint Vincent parish network. Social services, food, free holiday assistance, thrift stores, and more is available. Some money may be offered for paying utilities. (405) 917-5999.
Christ The King Catholic Church, St Lawrence Ministry runs a food pantry and provides prescription, utility bill and rental assistance to the low income and seniors. (405) 242-4590
Bethany First Nazarene Church (address 6789 NW 39th Expressway) may have one time per year energy bill assistance for people in the zip codes of 73008 or 73122. Call (405) 789-2050 for intake.
County Of Oklahoma Department Of Human Services processes applications for public aid. This includes food stamps, medical bill assistance, TANF/temporary assistance to needy families, child care, and more, such as low income housing. 1115 SE 66th Street, Oklahoma City, OK, (405) 487-5483. More public assistance in Oklahoma.
Department Of Veterans Affairs (phone number (888) 655-2838) coordinates financial aid and government resources for veterans, their widows and children, wives and others who are experiencing an emergency. These funds and grants are designed for one-time emergency aid and not as a recurring source of income. Applicants need to be facing a crisis such as a medical emergency, illness, or injury.
St Charles Borromeo Conference may offer assistance in the form of partial rent payments. Rent will be paid directly to the landlord or apartment management company. Call (405) 445-0414 for intake.
Sunbeam Family Services - Limited financial assistance (when available) for rent, deposits, and electric/air conditioning bills. They also offer educational programs, case management services for grandparents raising grandchildren, employment services and counseling. Address is 616 NW 21st Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73103, (405) 528-7721.
Volunteers of America in Oklahoma provides low income housing assistance, support to the elderly, disabled, and veterans. They operate affordable apartments in the county and offer other services to tenants. This includes payee support (for the elderly and disabled), offer aid to seniors, and more. This is all in addition to the low income homes in Oklahoma City region. Continue.
Our Ladys Cathedral Catholic Church of Oklahoma City (call (405) 525-5034) provides one time, limited utility bill assistance. Written script needed for prescription vouchers. Other aid may be hot meals and information on local shelters.
Free clothes and household goods are offered from churches, thrift stores, and non-profit clothing closets. Goods provided by the centers can include, but are not limited too, baby supplies, back to school items, professional work attire and more. Many of the distribution centers in Oklahoma City also have volunteers and case managers who can provide referrals to other assistance programs. Please also donate any surplus items to a clothing closet if you can. Read Oklahoma City clothing closets.
In His Name Ministries of Oklahoma City is a faith based church groups that offers financial aid and guidance to the working poor. Programs are also available for the disabled, single moms, and seniors in Oklahoma County.
- Referrals to government grants for everything from rent to cooling bills or a security deposit.
- Food from a pantry, and home delivered meals are offered at a low cost.
- IHNM provides other social services such as clothing, shelter, and minor repair work to the home of a senior citizen. Continue with assistance from In His Name Ministries.
WestTown Resource Center, which is part of the Continuum of Care Homeless Alliance, helps with housing issues. It provides both basic needs, such as food, use of a computer, or clothing as well as assistance to families facing an eviction. Other resources include Permanent Housing placement for the disabled, HOPWA, and grants for rent or energy bills. Find eviction assistance in Oklahoma County.
Catholic Charities has several centers in Oklahoma City. The staff and volunteers from the agency are committed to helping the poor overcome barriers. Programs such as Family Hope will assist clients with finding jobs and housing. While individuals learn through case management workshops, some financial assistance may be offered to help pay bills and rent or provide for other needs. Other resources in Oklahoma City include immigration assistance, food, and help for seniors. Click Oklahoma City Catholic Charities.
Transitional and low income housing programs operate across the county and Oklahoma City. Some are very short term in nature (such as emergency shelters) and other housing programs are for more mid to long term. In either case, you can partner with case managers to explore permanent solutions to your crisis. The agencies also focus on preventing homelessness in Oklahoma County. More information.
Help at Thanksgiving and Christmas is available in Oklahoma County. Various resources are dedicated to meeting the needs of struggling families. There may be free toys, unwrapped presents passed out at no cost, or even donated gift cards to buy a turkey or pay for a gift at a store such as Target. Another option are Christmas meal sites which feed anyone in need, including deliveries to seniors. Find Christmas help in Oklahoma County.
Local parishes and churches will often provide help to people from the immediate community. So it may be a street or neighborhood in Oklahoma County. They offer food, clothes, free dental clinics that clean teeth or perform root canals, financial aid for electric bills, and much more. Some even help immigrants, whether legal or not. Find more details on church assistance in Oklahoma County.
Jesus House provides help making rent payments and with energy bills
This is a charity organization serving the inner city, and is a non-denominational, nonprofit Christian outreach program. They provide help with rent, shelter, food aid, free clothing, help paying energy bills and other services to local residents.
Appliances, clothing, and furniture are provided to those who need help, and aid is passed out based on a first come first served basis. While there is no waiting list, funds and services are limited. Also, those seeking help must transport any goods themselves.
Some of the other aid provided includes one time payments for short term rent help, funds for energy bills, and a one time payment for gasoline for up to $15. There is also a food pantry located on site that distributes free meals.
The facility is located at 1335 West Sheridan in Oklahoma City, and can be reached at (405) 232-7164.
Debt assistance programs
Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Central Oklahoma provide debt help and credit counseling to Oklahoma City residents. They provide free counseling and advice. They can help people improve their credit scores, and develop a budget for them. One of the solutions they often recommend, and can help someone enter into, is a Debt Management Plan (DMP). The agency has helped hundreds of people eliminate their debts, and it usually takes 48 months. Click here to learn more about DMP, or call the agency at 405-789-2227.
Foreclosure and housing help
Gain access to a HUD approved counselor from Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Central Oklahoma. A mortgage counselor will meet one on one with the homeowner. The counselor can update the borrower on all government and private programs. They may even be able to mediate a solution to the foreclosure. Click here to learn more on foreclosure mediation, or dial the agency at 800-364-2227.
Legal aid, including free foreclosure legal advice
If you need help with a civil legal case, Legal Aid of Oklahoma provides people who can’t afford an attorney with full access to legal programs. The programs and services they provide are extensive. It ranges from mortgage and foreclosure help up through advice to deal with debt collectors and creditors. Also, receive support for landlord and tenant issues, evictions, and utility service disconnection. Click here to learn more, or call them at (405) 557-0020.
Free dental and medical care
D-Dent, Inc. is an agency that provides free dental cleaning and assistance to low income senior citizens and the disabled in Oklahoma City. Call them at (405) 424-8092.
Healing Hands Health Care - Call them at (405) 272-0476. They provide low cost to free medical care as they are a local clinic.
Kings Klinic - Provides health and medical care as well as prescription services for men, women, and children in Oklahoma City area. (405) 848-4005
Good Samaritan Health Clinic of Edmond, Inc. - Treats adults and children and adults with general medical problems and offers health care to those who lack insurance. Phone (405) 513-4357.
The four sites below are only a few of the options for low income and uninsured Oklahoma City patients. Locate an extensive list of other community clinics in Oklahoma.
Food assistance, clothing, and general aid in Oklahoma City
Eastside Church of Christ - Provides clothing, food, and Christmas and holiday assistance. (405) 732-0393.
Lighthouse Family Church - Offers food and shelter to low income. (405) 390-3100
Baptist Mission Center (phone (405) 235-6162) and Church of The Redeemer ((405) 427-2106) both also offer food. There is no financial help.
Other churches, food banks, and pantries are located in the area. Read more on Oklahoma City food pantries.
Career development and job finding services
If you are under or unemployed, or are just looking for increased career development, The Education & Employment Ministry (TEEM) helps the unemployed and underemployed adults through a job training and assistance program. They help people find jobs, and improve their skills, and increase their household income. Call them at (405) 235-5671.