The Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation continues to offer the Emergency Rental Assistance Program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with eligibility extending for the first time to Cherokee citizens living in certain areas outside Oklahoma, including in parts of Arkansas and Kansas. Renter households in need of assistance may submit their application online at www.hacn.org.
Applicants who meet the guidelines will be eligible for rental assistance through funds that were part of the U.S. Department of Treasury’s allocation to states, U.S. territories, and tribes for emergency rental assistance in response to the COVID 19-pandemic.
Eligibility criteria include the following:
- At least one household member must be a Cherokee Nation citizen.
- Applicants must be obligated to pay rent on a residential dwelling or residential lot rent in the state of Oklahoma; in the Arkansas counties of Benton, Crawford or Washington; or in the Kansas counties of Chautauqua, Cherokee, Labette or Montgomery.
- The landlord must be willing to complete a W-9 and accept payment from the Housing Authority of Cherokee Nation. Refusal to complete a W-9 and accept payment from the Housing Authority of Cherokee Nation may result in the Applicant’s ineligibility.
- Household income may not exceed 80 percent of the Area Median Income. First preference given to households under 50 percent Area Median Income.
The extension of housing assistance extends to some at-large Cherokee citizens - those living outside Cherokee Nation’s reservation covering all or parts of 14 counties in northeast Oklahoma.
For more information about the Emergency Rental Assistance Program or for assistance with the application, contact the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation at email@example.com or by phone at 918-456-5482, ext. 1135.