COVID-19 Emergency Rental/Utilities Assistance Programs

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Grace Resource Center Applications

Due to the threat of transmission of the Coronavirus, the Grace Center of Southern Oklahoma's Resource Office is accepting applications online. If you are a resident of Carter, Love, Murray, Marshall, or Johnston counties and you wish to apply for assistance, please complete the application that corresponds to your service needs:

 

Application for Emergency Financial Assistance Program (rent/utility assistance, prescription assistance, out-of-town emergency travel), click here.

To learn more about the Emergency Financial Assistance Program, including eligibility and program guidelines, please click here.

After you complete the application, please submit your supporting documents to info@ardmoregracecenter.com or text it to 580-217-3304. If you are unable to submit these items by email or text, please call the Grace Center at 580-223-2027 to discuss your situation.

 

You may apply in-person at the Grace Resource Center lobby, 11 A St. NW in Ardmore. The lobby is open Monday - Thursday from 9 a.m. - Noon; and 1 - 3 p.m. Fridays 9 a.m. - Noon. You may also call to request a phone interview. Please call 580-223-2027 to request a phone interview or schedule a phone interview. 

Applications can not be considered until the supporting documents are submitted. Please review the supporting documents list and submit based on your request. 

Beginning March 8, 2021: All applicants for emergency financial assistance on rent bills and utility bills must attend the Grace Center's 60-minute Money Management Class. If a households is approved for assistance, the Grace Center will make a pledge for payment on the client's account. The pledge will not be paid until the household meets the Money Management Class requirement. 
 

Money Management Class Schedule: 
Thursday, July 29 at 1:30 p.m. 
3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5
5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10  
3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12 
3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19 
5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24 
3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26 

CDC Eviction Moratorium Declaration
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a temporary eviction moratorium. The moratorium is effective Friday, September 4, 2020 through December 31, 2020. IT WAS EXTENDED TO July 31, 2021. This order may protect you from being evicted if you cannot make full rent payments. This order does not stop evictions against tenants who do not meet its financial stress requirements. And, even for tenants who do financially qualify, landlords can still evict for reasons other than nonpayment of rent.

Click here to download the Declaration form.

** It is important to remember that when the moratorium expires, renters who received protection will still need to make up missed payments to their landlords.

NEW: Application for Back-to-School Assistance
The Grace Center of Southern Oklahoma will distribute more than 400 school supply vouchers ($40 to Ardmore’s Staple) for the upcoming school year. The voucher is paired with a backpack (while supplies last). The Back-to-School assistance program is open to public school students who reside in Carter, Johnston, Love, Marshall, and Murray counties.  If a student attends a district which is providing supplies for students, they are ineligible for the school supplies voucher. There is a limit of five vouchers per household. The program is for households at or below the poverty level, and supporting documentation regarding household income is required for the application. Those documents include proof of households receiving food stamps (SNAP) or a letter from a school district stating the student(s) receive free and reduced lunches. The school supply voucher is funded generously by a local foundation. 
For a how to guide on how to apply and what documentation is needed, please click here. 
Do not send paystubs, bank statements, or SoonerCare documents, these are not part of the application process. 

NEW: Application for Fan Drive 
The idea is simple: an inexpensive fan to help provide some relief from the Oklahoma heat. The Grace Center of Southern Oklahoma is keeping our neighbors cool. 

To apply for the Grace Center's Fan Drive, please complete the application and text an image of your government-issued ID to 580-217-3304.

Application for Assistance on State Identification Card or Driver's License, click here.
Due to the state of Oklahoma implementing the new REAL ID law, the Grace Center of Southern Oklahoma

is limited to the assistance it can provide on state ID and Driver's License requests. Please call the Grace

Center to speak with staff about your situation. 

Application for Emergency Shelter Program (Hotel/Motel Voucher) 

Viewed as a temporary stopgap measure, the Emergency Shelter Program is intended to help individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness during or following an eviction or foreclosure. The individual or family has secured housing; however, they can not move into housing right away. The family must have a documented pathway for permanent housing. The program seeks to provide safe shelter to families and the elderly. Assistance is awarded on a case-by-case basis. 

 

The program is not intended to replace or duplicate the services of the Salvation Army Ardmore, which offers an overnight emergency shelter program for adults and families. Similarly, the program is not intended to replace or duplicate services of the Children’s Shelter, which offers temporary residential shelter for youth ages 17 and younger. 

 

Eligibility: 

The Emergency Shelter Program provides assistance to eligible individuals and families through the five counties of south central Oklahoma: Carter, Johnston, Love, Marshall, and Murray. If assistance is awarded, the hotel will be located in Ardmore. 

 

How to apply: 

  • Call the Grace Center to speak with a staff member for a pre screening process

  • Provide photo identification

  • Provide court-filed eviction notice, foreclosure notice, or proof of current homelessness

  • Proof of income

  • Written lease agreement in your name (for future household)