Have difficulties paying utility bills? Need help with buying groceries or diapers? You are not the only one facing these challenges.
Oklahoma, like the rest of the country, is dealing with the impact of high inflation and slowing growth. The state is heavily dependent on energy, agriculture, and manufacturing -- areas that can be vulnerable during an economic downturn. If you are a resident of Oklahoma who wants to save more to prepare for the tough times ahead, you have come to the right place. In this guide for Oklahoma resources for low income individuals and needy families, you will find tips on how to reduce financial burdens, including accessing financial assistance so you can buy nutritious food and pay for housing, education, and medical care.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP, also known as the Food Stamp Program, provides eligible low-income families and individuals with electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards to purchase food. The Oklahoma Department of Human Services administers the program.
Food Banks and Pantries
Food banks and pantries across Oklahoma distribute free food to individuals and families in need. These organizations collaborate with local communities, businesses, and donors to collect and distribute food items to those experiencing food insecurity.
School Meal Programs
The Oklahoma State Department of Education operates various school meal programs, including the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. These programs offer free or reduced-price meals to eligible children in participating schools.
Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
The Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) administers this federal program, which provides rental assistance to eligible low-income families and individuals. The program subsidizes rental payments and enables low-income families to have affordable housing.
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
LIHEAP assists low-income households in meeting their home energy needs, including heating and cooling. The program provides financial assistance to eligible individuals to help with utility bills and energy-related expenses.
Transitional Housing Programs
Various nonprofit organizations and government agencies in Oklahoma offer transitional housing programs designed to help individuals and families experiencing homelessness or facing housing instability. These programs provide temporary support, including shelter, case management, and supportive services to help participants secure stable housing.
SoonerCare is Oklahoma's Medicaid program, providing healthcare coverage to low-income families and individuals. Qualified families and eligible individuals can receive comprehensive medical services, including doctor visits, prescriptions, hospital care, and more.
Community Health Centers
Oklahoma has a network of community health centers that offer affordable healthcare services on a sliding fee scale based on income. These centers provide primary care, dental care, mental health services, and preventive care to uninsured and underinsured individuals.
Prescription Assistance Programs
Several pharmaceutical companies and nonprofit organizations provide prescription assistance programs to help low-income families and individuals access affordable medications. These programs offer discounts, coupons, and other forms of assistance to reduce the cost of prescription drugs.
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How Do I Qualify for the Lifeline Program?
The Lifeline program is available to eligible low income consumers that either have an income that is at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines or participate in certain government assistance programs, such as:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance
- Supplemental Security Income
- Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit
- Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
- Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF)
- Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
The program now only allows one lifeline benefit per household. Eligible consumers have to recertify their eligibility annually and those who fail to do so will be de-enrolled. More details about qualification can be found here.
Am I Eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)?
A household is eligible for the ACP program if the household income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines, or if a household member is eligible for certain government benefits such as food stamps, veterans pension, and tribally administered temporary assistance programs. The full list of criteria can be found here.
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Another way is to come into one of our many retail stores in Oklahoma, where our service staff will help you with the application, including getting you through the complex National Verifier process to confirm your eligibility. With a total of 30 stores across the state, it'll be easy to find one on your way to shopping or working.
Simply bring with you one of the following government-issued IDs as your identity proof to maximise your lifeline and ACP benefits:
- U.S. Driver License
- Certificate of U.S. Citizenship
- Certificate of Naturalization
- U.S. Passport
- U.S. Government, State or Tribal issued-ID
- U.S. Military ID cards
- Permanent Resident Cards
- Permanent Resident Alien Cards
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