Oklahoma is located in the South Central part of the United States, and it has lots of potential for the existing residents and for those people who want to move into this state. It has been surrounded by natural beauties, safe neighborhoods, lots of outdoor and indoor activities, and most importantly, it is an affordable place to live. According to the MERIC’S 2021 Cost of Living Index, this state has been chosen as the country’s third-lowest cost of living state. However, on the other hand, there are some low-income persons such as single mothers, pregnant women, the elderly, children, etc., who are looking for help to afford their living. Thereby, the State of Oklahoma, the federal offices, and some charity-based organizations offer different assistance opportunities for low-income people and families.
Financial and Cash Assistance
Oklahoma Child Care Assistance Program was founded and has been financed by the federal authorities to offer financial assistance for low-income families with children. Low-income households who are currently searching for a job or needy families who are in job training are eligible to apply for this cash support. Families already enrolled in the Oklahoma TANF Program are prioritized to benefit from this program. The amount of money is decided by the current economic status of the applicant. To find out more information, please go to https://childcare.gov/state-resources or give it a call at 866 411 1877.
Oklahoma Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) was created and has been funded by the federal government for families who require financial support. It offers financial support for low-income households with difficulties paying their utility bills and rents. Qualified families can also benefit from employment services if they are looking for a job. The main aim of this program is to create self-sufficient families in the state. The amount and the extent of this financial support may differ based on the applicant’s current conditions. To learn more information and to apply, please visit https://oklahoma.gov/okdhs/services/tanf/tanfhome.html or make a phone call at 405 521 4391.
Housing and Rent Assistance
The Oklahoma City Housing Authority is a local non-governmental organization that was established in 1965 to serve the residents who are having economic challenges. This organization provides equal housing options for everyone who needs housing support throughout the state. Its purpose is to ensure everyone has affordable, secure, decent, and sanitary homes to live in with their families. Eligible people not only start to live in a proper house based on their condition but also can benefit from the other programs that this institution offers to become more self-reliant. Explore more opportunities through the following link https://www.ochanet.org/about_ocha/index.php or call 405 239 7551.
The Oklahoma Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) was formed and has been managed by the federal government to subsidize low-income families and persons’ rent payments. Low- and middle-income families and people facing problems paying their rent are eligible to apply for this program. They have to meet income guidelines. Since there is a huge demand, they may have to be on the waiting list. Hence, getting in touch with the program as early as possible is significant. Accepted people are able to choose their house by taking into consideration the HUD standard. Once they are decided on the property, the program helps with paying rent each month. The link to their official website is as follows https://www.ohfa.org/housingchoicevoucher/ or contact 405 842 2471.
Oklahoma SoonerCare (Medicaid) was founded and sponsored by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority for low and middle-income children under the age of 19, pregnant women, adults with children under 18, people with disability, and the elderly. Qualified participants will be benefiting following health care services:
- Case Management Services
- Ultrasound Benefits
- Podiatry Services
- Personal Care Services
- Rural Health Clinic Services
- Tuberculosis Services
- Pregnancy Services
- Prescription Drugs and Insulin
- Postpartum, Delivery, and Prenatal (Maternity) Services
- Help with Quitting Tobacco and Smoking
- Nursing Facility Services
- Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
- Nutritional Services
- Laboratory and X-Ray Services
- Medical Supplies and Equipment
- Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy
- Child Health
- Behavioral Health, etc.
The scope and the duration of the health support may differ based on the participant’s health condition. To go through the most appropriate health services for you, please visit https://oklahoma.gov/ohca/individuals/mysoonercare/soonercare-benefits.html or dial 800 987 7767.
The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan for Oklahoma was constituted and has been managed by the federal and state governments for local people who need health support. This program explicitly provides public health insurance and helps with the accepted applicants’ medical expenses.
- You must be uninsured for at least the last six months.
- You must have had difficulty receiving insurance because of your pre-existing condition.
- You must be a citizen of the United States.
In addition to health insurance and financial help with medical costs, eligible people can also benefit from a wide range of health services such as hospital appointments, primary care, prescription drugs, doctor visits, etc. Find out more information at https://oklaw.org/resource/pre-existing-condition-insurance-plan-for-okl or get in touch with 877 885 3717.
Utility Bills Assistance
American Electric Power for Oklahoma is a local electricity company that has been organizing various programs for local individuals who are facing economic challenges to pay their utilities. It runs a program called Light A Life that the company and customers have financed to help others. Anyone who is looking for cash assistance to cover their electricity bills can apply to this program. Eligible people and families will be receiving monthly financial support. For further information, please look at https://www.aep.com/ or make a phone call at 1 866 258 3782.
Cherokee Electric Cooperative is another local electricity company that runs a program called Operation Warm to help low and middle-income families and people across the state. People who need utility bill assistance are welcome to contact this company to receive monthly cash assistance. The amount and the expense of the support may change based on the applicant. To see more information and to apply, please go to https://www.cherokee.coop/ or call 1 256 927 5524.
Oklahoma Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) was formed and run by the Oklahoma Department of Human and Social Services to provide food assistance for low-income people and families. Eligible applicants will be receiving food Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards to purchase food at their local grocery stores or local markets. They can also benefit from monthly food support. Please follow the link to see more information https://oklahoma.gov/okdhs/services/snap.html or dial 1 888 328 6551.
The Oklahoma Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was created and has been run by federal authorities to offer food support for low-income children. The goal of SFSP is to make sure that every child in the state has access to nutritious meals during the summertime. Since many children whose families are not in good shape economically cannot receive school lunch or breakfast during the summer, the federal government presents this program to ensure that they are eating nutritious food. Please visit this website to see the eligibility criteria https://sde.ok.gov/summerfood or give it a call at 866 632 9992.