FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE MISSION STATEMENT

To aid members of the Osage Nation, and other Native Americans residing in our service area, during times of limited resources and/or provide an opportunity to achieve self-sufficiency through individual employment plans.

TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF) is a welfare assistance program that assists low income Native American households residing in the service area, Osage County. TANF may assist by providing temporary cash benefit assistance, assisting families establish and achieve short & long term goals, or supportive services to obtain self sufficiency. For eligibility information or to request assistance, please click the link below to access an application.

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  1. Must live within the Osage Nation Reservation (Osage County) boundaries and must have resided in this area for a minimum of 30 days.
  2. Clients have a 60 month lifetime for assistance regardless of the department or the state in which the assistance was received.
  3. Clients must participate in an employment, education, or training plan developed with the Career Development Specialist and meet a minimum requirement of 20 hrs per week in a program approved activity.
  4. There are good cause exceptions to the required work activity; mother with child under one year of age, medical exemption with proper documentation, circumstances of domestic violence, and availability of adequate and affordable child care.
  5. Clients are required to record their approved activity hours on the Education, Training & Employment (ET&E) Form each month. The completed timesheet must also be submitted, with all required signatures, to the Financial Assistance office no later than the 5th day of the following month.
  6. Failure to comply with any portion of a client's individual responsibility plan, whether it be reporting changes in household circumstances or providing requested documentation, shall result in a sanction of benefits or case closure.
  7. Clients may appeal, in writing, a closure or sanction determination within 10 days from the date of determination.

Formerly Community Services

The  Program operates on a fiscal year (October through September) and serves low-income Native Americans families, residing in the service area (Osage County). This program is designed to help families spend more time together as their children participate in sports, art initiatives and after-school activities. This initiative requires a family participation rate of 80%. The total amount per family unit, per fiscal year, may not exceed $1,000. Costs associated with sports, art initiatives and after-school programs may include, but not limited to, fees, equipment, uniforms, supplies, materials, and other related expenses. 

Youth participants, 18 years or younger, must belong to a federally recognized tribe and the family unit income cannot exceed 125% of the Health & Human Services Federal Poverty Guidelines. 

Families may participate in the following activities:

Brownies Girl Scouts Cub Scouts Boy Scouts
Gymnastics Tumbling Martial Arts Boxing
Ballet Jazz Tap Hip Hop
Cheerleading Softball Baseball Soccer
Football Camps Golf Swimming
Archery Workshops Other After-School Programs

Ÿ For more information please click the link below to read the full policy. 

ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The Energy Assistance Program serves low-income Native American households within the Osage Reservation (Osage County) by providing heating and cooling energy assistance. The program also provides Crisis Assistance during an energy crisis, as well as preventive maintenance services for elders. These benefits are described as follows:

  1. Heating Assistance is available from December 1st through February 28th, and may be awarded once each fiscal year per applicant. The benefit includes payment for a utility that provides heat to the home. The utility can be propane, natural gas, or electric. The benefit also includes a space heater, an electric blanket and/or weatherization materials as funding permits.
  2. Cooling Assistance is available from June 1st through August 31st, and may be awarded once each fiscal year per applicant. The benefit includes payment for an electric bill. This benefit also includes an oscillating box fan and/or weatherization materials, as funding permits.
  3. Crisis Assistance is available throughout each year, and may be awarded once each fiscal year per crisis eligible applicant. This benefit provides either utility assistance or Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) repair/replacement for eligible homeowners, or HVAC system preventative maintenance. Home energy inspections and preventative maintenance are available for homes of elderly clients. The program will provide an intervention that will resolve the energy crisis within 18 to 48 hours. The applicant must have used a regular heating or cooling benefit before applying for the crisis utility benefit.

Utility bills must be in the name of the applicant and the service address must match the address on the application. This program does not assist with disconnect, reconnect, or late fees. The program will not assist with utility deposits nor assist a utility account that has been disconnected. Utility bills must be submitted five (5) business days before the energy bill due date. For more information please click the link below to read the full policy.

VOUCHER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The Voucher Program operates on a fiscal year (October through September) and serves low-income Native American households within the Osage Reservation (Osage County) by providing rental or mortgage assistance. Temporary dwelling assistance is available to eligible applicants to avoid eviction, foreclosure or homeless conditions.  Assistance is provided once per fiscal year, per applicant.

  1. Rental Assistance includes tenant-based rental payments not to exceed two months of rent due. Rental assistance, per month, cannot exceed the current fair market value for rental properties in the service area, nor may the property be located in a flood zone.
  2. Mortgage Assistance includes a mortgage payment not to exceed two months of mortgage due. The applicant must be residing on the property. The property may not be located in a flood zone.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and the household income cannot exceed 80% of U.S. median income limits, as published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. For more information please click the link below to read the full policy. 

CRISIS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The Crisis Assistance Program assists enrolled Osage Nation members age 18 year’s old or above in alleviating crisis situations beyond financial control.  Applicants may receive up to $1,000 in total assistance within a fiscal year (October-September).  Osage members may reside outside of the Osage Nation Reservation (Osage County).   Assistance may be available for crisis assistance such as, victims of domestic violence, homelessness, utility assistance because of death of a household income provider, natural disaster, illness or injury resulting in incapacitation.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

The Career Development Program operates on a fiscal year (October through September) and serves low-income Native Americans within the Osage Reservation (Osage County) by providing temporary employment and training activities. This program will thoroughly develop the academic, occupational, and literacy skills of Adult and Youth participants. 

The Adult Career Services will provide career development skills in preparation for adults to enter, reenter, or retain unsubsidized employment leading to self-sufficiency.

The Youth Service Program will provide supplemental employment and training and related services to eligible youth. Summer employment opportunities and other employment opportunities may be available throughout the school year.

Summer Youth Flyer

For more information, please click the link below to read the full policy. 

DISABILITY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM 

The Disability Assistance funds appropriated October 1, 2016 have been exhausted.

The Disability Assistance Program funds are available to all members of the Osage Nation with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Osage members are limited to one thousand dollars ($1,000) per person, per fiscal year (October through September), and shall be awarded in the order the applications are received.  Disabled Osage members must provide third-party verification of existing disability. For more information please click the link below to read the full policy.

COMPLAINT PROCEDURE

It is the policy of the Osage Nation Executive Branch that all complaints filed by constituents of the Osage Nation receive prompt and careful attention, and receive a timely response. Some complaints may be referred directly to the Osage Nation Attorney General while others will be investigated by the Executive Branch. In either case, constituents will be notified of the status of their complaint within thirty (30) business days of receipt.

For your convenience, we provide an electronic form to submit your complaint. You may still submit your complaint in person, or via the telephone. For more details on this, please read the Complaint Policy.