Financial Assistance

About


The Financial Assistance Department offers assistance to Osage members and other Native Americans residing within the service area. The types of assistance include utility assistance, emergency assistance to prevent homelessness, cash assistance to unemployed individuals, or cash assistance to needy families while establishing employment plans and promoting self-sufficiency.

Contact Information


Financial Assistance Director: Andrea Kemble

Phone: 918-287-5325
Fax: 918-287-5593
Email: @email

Physical Address: 239 West 12th Street, Pawhuska, OK 74056
Mailing Address: 627 Grandview Avenue, Pawhuska, OK 74056

Expanded Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The Osage Nation operates the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Eligible applicants must be enrolled members of the Osage Nation, 18 years of age or older, meet income eligibility requirements, and reside in the United States.  This program provides assistance with rent/rental arrears, utilities/utility arrears (electric, gas, water, sewer, trash removal, and home energy costs such as fuel oil) incurred after dates 3/13/2020. Assistance may include relocation expenses. This program is for renting households only. Eligibility includes:

  1. One or more individuals within the household has qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 outbreak/pandemic
  2. One or more individuals within the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability and
  3. The household income is at or below 80% of the area median income limits.

See the application and program links below:

Crisis Program

The Osage Nation Crisis Assistance Program assists enrolled Osage Nation members in alleviating crisis situations beyond financial control. Applicants may receive up to $1,000 in total assistance within a fiscal year (Oct-Sept). The service area is the United States. Assistance is available to address or prevent homelessness, intervene during a natural disaster, emergency home repairs, or major car repair.

Crisis Assistance Policy

Crisis Assistance Application

Employment and Training Program

The Employment and Training Program operates on a fiscal year (October through September) and serves low-income Native Americans within the Osage Reservation by providing temporary employment and training activities. The goal of this program is to assist participants in becoming self-sufficient. We can provide services in the following areas:

  • Education Assistance (GED classes, Adult Education, Vocational Training, Occupational Training, Skills Training)
  • Employment Assistance (Employment Counseling, Job Search, Career Development, On-the-job training, Directly Job Placement)
  • Cash Assistance (General Assistance, TANF) depending upon need and eligibility.

For more information, please review the respective program policy:

Cash Assistance

Education Assistance

  • GED classes
  • Adult Education
  • Vocational Training
  • Occupational Training
  • Skills Training

Employment Assistance

Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

The Energy Assistance Program operates on a fiscal year (October through September) and serves low-income Native American households within the Osage Reservation (Osage County) by providing residential energy assistance and repair to heating/cooling unit. This program provides financial assistance applied to the energy bill and operates on a seasonal schedule; a heating season, cooling season and a Crisis.

Available Assistance:

  1. Heating Assistance is available from November 1st through March 31st, 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 April 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. 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. The program will not assist with utility deposits. Applications must be received at least five (5) business days before the disconnect date. For more information please read the full policy.

If you have any information about possible fraud, waste or the misuse of LIHEAP funds, please help us eliminate it by calling Health and Human Services Fraud Alert hotline 1-800-477-8477 or via their website or mail:

US Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Inspector General
ATTN: OIG HOTLINE OPERATIONS
PO Box 23489
Washington, DC 20026

𐓲𐓣 𐓷𐓘𐓻𐓶𐓬𐓣 Program (Tsi Wa Zhu Pi)

The 𐓲𐓣 𐓷𐓘𐓻𐓶𐓬𐓣 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. The total amount per family varies by the size of the family. Costs associated with sports, art initiatives and after-school programs may include, but not limited to: school clothing, school supplies, lunches, fees, equipment, uniforms, supplies, materials, and other related expenses.

Youth participants, Pre-K through 12TH grade, youth must be have membership with a federally recognized tribe and the family unit monthly 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
School Supplies School Clothing Dance Classes
Cheerleading Softball Baseball
Soccer Football Camps
Golf Swimming 4-H
Workshop After-School Programs Other—with Director Approval