The Office of Community Services (OCS) is aware of potentially fraudulent activity by individuals claiming to represent the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). Individuals unrelated to CSBG are contacting people via telephone, email, social media, and text message offering CSBG funding or services in exchange for a fee.

OCS does not provide direct CSBG grants to individuals. Additionally, OCS does not initiate contact with individuals by phone, email, text messages, or social media channels to request personal or financial information.

Office of Community Services Fraud Alert

For more information please visit: Grant Fraud and Scams

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.

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), and Cash Assistance (General Assistance, TANF) depending upon need and eligibility.

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, regardless of residency, struggling in extraordinary times of a crisis. Crisis Assistance is available once per fiscal year to applicants that are able to document an emergency/crisis warranting assistance. Situations should be short-term or temporary in nature, and not chronic. Assistance may be provided only when an eligible crisis creates a verifiable need and cannot exceed $1,000, per applicant, per fiscal year. Assistance is available under the following four crisis situations: Homeless, or a threat of homelessness; Unsafe and/or unsanitary living conditions; Fire or natural disaster; Major car repairs.

All required documentation and definitions are contained in the Crisis Assistance 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. These benefits are described as follows:

  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. 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 disconnect date. For more information please click the link below to 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) HHS-TIPS, 1 (800) 477-8477 or Visit the Website: https://forms.oig.hhs.gov/hotlineoperations/nothhsemployeeen.aspx or contact them by Mail: US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, ATTN: OIG HOTLINE OPERATIONS, PO Box 23489, Washington, DC 20026

TRIBAL HUD-VA SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PROGRAM

The Tribal HUD-VA Supportive Housing program (Tribal HUD-VASH) will provide rental assistance to Native American Veterans who are Homeless or At Risk of Homelessness, living on or near a reservation or other Indian areas.The Osage Nation must partner with the Department of Veterans Administration (VA) to provide case management and supportive services to eligible Native American veterans.

Priority will be given to Osage veterans, then other Native American Veterans as referred by the Department of Veterans Administration. Assistance is provided in the form of monthly rental vouchers made payable to the property owner. The program will not assist with down payment assistance toward homeownership. Assistance is not provided for costs for those applicants renting from family members.

The first step is to make contact with the Veteran’s Administration Tribal HUD VASH Case Manager:

Mr. Paul Lawson Andrea M. Kemble
Veteran’s Administration – THVASH Osage Nation Financial Assistance
10159 E. 11th St. Suite 100 627 Grandview Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74128 Pawhuska, OK 74056

Paul.lawson2@va.gov akemble@osagenation-nsn.gov

Office: 918.610.2047 Office: 918.287.5311

Website: www.va.gov/homeless/housing.asp

Tribal HUD-VA Supportive Housing Policy Manual

Tribal HUD-VA Supportive Housing Application

Formerly Community Services

TheProgram 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

ŸFor 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, residing in the service area (Osage County), by providing assistance to relocate or assistance during a financial emergency. A financial emergency is defined as a situation beyond one’s control that results in the inability to temporarily pay rent, mortgage and or utilities.

Eligible applicants are Native American, 18 years of age or older, residents of Osage County 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.

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, weprovide an electronic formto submit your complaint. You may still submit your complaint in person, or via the telephone. For more details on this, please read theComplaint Policy.