TULSA, Oklahoma. – Restore Hope Ministries distributed over $ 4 million in rent and utility assistance through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
The organization stands ready to provide millions of additional dollars in aid. Almost 1,000 applicants in 20 eligible counties received funding. The PIU helps tenants pay overdue rents and up to three months of future rent.
The Restore Hope Ministries organization has always distributed rent subsidies, but never on this scale. In the first month of the ERAP launch, Restore Hope received more requests than in the past 10 years of requests before the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We knew there would be a spike in families and individuals in need of rent and utility assistance due to the pandemic, but the need was greater than anyone imagined,” Jeff said. Jaynes, Executive Director of Restore Hope Ministries. “We have increased our ability to help as many families as possible stay in their homes, and we still have millions of dollars in state funding and $ 16 million in city / county funding to support families in need, which we address and distribute as quickly as possible. “
ERAP is funded by the City of Tulsa, Tulsa County and the State of Oklahoma with funds provided by the US Department of the Treasury.
Help is available for those who meet the following qualifications:
- Applicants must be residents of one of the 20 eligible counties listed on this website
- Applicants must have a family income equal to or less than 80% of the region’s median income or be eligible for unemployment
- Applicants must demonstrate a risk of homelessness or housing instability
- Applicants must be 18 years of age and over
Applications are currently open and extend until September 30, 2022 or until all allocated funds are exhausted.
Every Saturday in June, PIU specialists can help applicants apply between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The locations are:
- Greater First Baptist Church in Bartlesville (216 W 10th St.)
- Rayfield Baptist Church in Muskogee (601 Indianapolis Ave)
- First Baptist Church North Tulsa (1414 N Greenwood Ave.)
Restore Hope Ministries began in 1978 with the goal of restoring the economic and spiritual vitality of families in financial crisis. Restore Hope works every day to reduce hunger, poverty and homelessness for families in Tulsa County.
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