Housing & Utilities Assistance

Emergency Home Repairs Home Rehabilitation Housing & Utilites Fire Safety Storm Shelter Installation Handicap Accessibility

The Shawnee Tribe Housing Assistance Programs provide home modification, home safety and emergency assistance related services to tribal citizens. Each program has its own set of eligibility requirements and guidelines.


Emergency Air Conditioning Assistance Program

About the Program

The Emergency Air Conditioning Assistance Program (ACP) is a tribally funded program that provides a grant for Shawnee citizens who have inadequate air during the extreme summer heat.  Applicant income, location, or dual citizenship status will not be used to determine applicant eligibility. All program assistance will be awarded as funding is available through September 15, 2022. Complete applications will be processed on a first come, first serve basis. Incomplete applications are not guaranteed consideration.

 

Program Scope and Eligible Expenses

Homeowners

  • Maximum amount of assistance to repair an existing air conditioning unit - $3,000
  • If A/C unit cannot be repaired within 24 hours, window air conditioning units can be provided upon request. Maximum number of A/C window units will be two and is based on composition of household.

Renters

  • Up to two A/C window units can be provided to renters, based on composition of household.

 

Eligibility, Guidelines and Qualifications

 

  • Complete applications will be processed on a First Come - First Serve Basis and dependent on funds availability
  • Shawnee tribal citizens nationwide are eligible for Emergency Air Conditioning Assistance Program
  • Applicant must be at least 18 years or older
  • Applicant must be a Shawnee tribal citizen and verifiable property owner
  • Emergency Air Conditioning Assistance may only be conducted on the applicant’s primary residence
  • No income limitations
  • Applicants must not have past due unpaid debts owed to the Shawnee Tribe
  • All payments or checks will be directly to vendors/contractors
  • Applicants are eligible to apply for the Tribal Funded Emergency Air Conditioning Assistance Program once per household every twelve months. After receiving Tribal Funded Emergency Air Conditioning Assistance, applicants may apply and be considered eligible for other programs in the same twelve-month waiting period following project completion
  • Procurement procedures of the Shawnee Tribe shall be followed
  • Exceptions to the policy must be approved by the Shawnee Tribe Business Council

 

Required Documents & How to Apply:

Your application will be considered incomplete and will not be processed until all items/documentation have been received by our office.

 

Homeowners: 

Copy of Shawnee Tribe citizenship card                                    

Copy of driver’s license or photo ID                                                       

Proof of ownership (Warranty deed, BIA TSR)                                    

Proof or statement indicating mortgage current on payments               

Proof of prior year property taxes paid

Renters:

Copy of Shawnee Tribe citizenship card

Copy of driver’s license or photo ID

Copy of lease

Written approval from landlord

 

Application

Applications and required documentation may be submitted via email, mail, or in person at Shawnee Tribe Headquarters. If you have questions or would like to begin the application process, please contact Kyle in the Shawnee Tribe Housing Programs office at housing@shawnee-tribe.com or (918) 542-2441, x139.

 


Down Payment Closing Costs Program (DPCC)

About the Program

The Down Payment Closing Costs Program is a tribally-funded program that provides a grant for Shawnee citizens in need of down payment and closing costs assistance to purchase a new home. Applicant income, location, or dual citizenship status will not be used to determine applicant eligibility. All program assistance will be awarded as funding is available. Complete applications will be processed on a first come, first serve basis. Incomplete applications are not guaranteed consideration.

Program Scope and Eligible Expenses

The Tribe will provide financial assistance up to $7,500 assistance in down payment closing costs to relieve a portion of the financial burden to purchase a new home.

Eligibility, Guidelines and Qualifications:
  • Applicant must be a Shawnee Tribe citizen, 18 years or older.
  • Program assistance may only be used for the applicant’s primary residence.
  • Only one (1) Down Payment Closing Costs Program assistance/grant per household is allowed.
  • All payments or checks will be paid directly to the title company or appropriate financial closing institution.
  • Purchases of $15,000 or less qualify for assistance not to exceed 50% of the purchase price.
  • Applicant must close the mortgage at a licensed title company, attorney, bank financial institution, or under the supervision of Shawnee Tribe Housing Programs.
  • The home must comply with any local zoning or building codes.
  • Assistance is only available for a single-family owner-occupied property.
  • Applicants are eligible for one tribally-funded program at a time. After receiving tribal funded program assistance, applicants are eligible to apply for other programs in which they meet the applicable program criteria and guidelines.
  • Applicants must not have past due unpaid debts owed to the Shawnee Tribe.
  • Procurement procedures of the Shawnee Tribe shall be followed.
  • Exceptions to the policy must be approved by the Shawnee Tribe Business Council.

Required Documents & How to Apply:

  • Completed & signed application
  • Proof of Shawnee Tribe citizenship
  • Copy of driver’s license or other valid photo ID
  • Closing disclosure
  • Title report, warranty deed, BIA TSR
  • Other requested information as determined by the STHP

Application Packet

Applications and required documentation may be submitted via email, mail, or in person at Shawnee Tribe Headquarters. If you have questions or would like to begin the application process, please contact Joy or Brittany in the Shawnee Tribe Housing Programs office at housing@shawnee-tribe.com or (918) 542-2441, x139

Home Rehabilitation & Emergency Repairs


Home Emergency Services Assistance Program (HESAP)

About the Program

The Home Emergency Services Assistance Program (HESAP) is a tribally funded program that provides a grant for citizens of the Shawnee Tribe who are homeowners in need of assistance to make emergency repairs to their primary, single-family residence. Shawnee Tribal citizens living nationwide are eligible.

Applicant income, location, or dual citizenship status will not be used to determine applicant eligibility. All program assistance will be awarded as funding is available. Complete applications will be processed on a first come, first serve basis. Incomplete applications are not guaranteed consideration.

 

Program Scope and Eligible Expenses

The Tribe will provide financial assistance up to $1,500 for homeowners in need of emergency repairs.

Examples of types of repairs include:

  • Repair of electrical or plumbing defects
  • Repair of heating or cooling system
  • Broken windows
  • Minor roof leak
  • Repair appliances
  • Repair or replace water heater defects
  • Weatherization to include sealing, insulation, and painting
  • Installation of smoke detectors or other minor fire prevention equipment as necessary
  • Repair of electrical or plumbing defects
  • Repair of heating or cooling system
  • Broken windows
  • Minor roof leak
  • Repair appliances
  • Repair or replace water heater defects
  • Weatherization to include sealing, insulation, and painting
  • Installation of smoke detectors or other minor fire prevention equipment as necessary
Eligibility, Guidelines and Qualifications
  • Applicant must be 18 years or older

  • Shawnee Tribal citizen, only one applicant per household

  • Applicant must be owner of the subject residence and verifiable by deed, BIA TSR, title report, or other form of acceptable verification

  • Applicant must not be past due on subject property mortgage, debt, and/or liens

  • Applicant must not have past due unpaid debts owed to the Shawnee Tribe

  • Subject property must be applicant’s primary residence

  • Proof or documentation must be provided to verify property taxes are paid and current

  • Present housing condition must be in reasonable condition or brought up to reasonable standard condition after the emergency service assistance has been completed

  • Repairs, modification and/or improvements must be made by contractors/vendors who have general liability coverage

  • Applicants are eligible to apply for the Tribal Funded Home Emergency Services Assistance Program once per household every twelve months. After receiving Tribal Funded Program Assistance, applicants may apply and be considered eligible for other programs after a twelve-month waiting period following project completion.

  • Procurement procedures of the Shawnee Tribe shall be followed.

  • Exceptions to the policy must be approved by the Shawnee Tribe Business Council.

  • Initial proof of project and post-project completion will need to be provided by photos and completed project form.

  • Ownership of the residence will require verification by deed, BIA TSR, title report, or other form of acceptable verification.

 

Required Documents & How to Apply:
  • Completed & signed application

  • Proof of Shawnee Tribe citizenship

  • Proof of home ownership

  • Proof of current mortgage payments

  • Proof of current paid property taxes

  • Project details

Applications and required documentation may be submitted via email, mail, or in person at Shawnee Tribe Headquarters.

If you have questions or would like assistance with the application process, please contact Joy or Brittany in the Shawnee Tribe Housing Programs office at housing@shawnee-tribe.com or (918) 542-2441, x105 or x135 with questions or to begin the application process.

Download Application Packet

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Home Rehabilitation Program (HRP)

About the Program

The Home Rehabilitation Program (HRP) is a tribally funded program that provides a grant for Shawnee citizen homeowners in need of moderate housing rehabilitation and modernization assistance to their primary, single-family residence.

The Tribe will provide eligible applicants up to $10,000 in assistance for rehab projects such as foundation repair, roof replacement or supports, dry rot, termite damage, electrical or plumbing defects, and more. The structure and basic operation of the home’s plumbing, heating, electrical, air conditioning, and sanitation systems must be brought up to sound, standard condition as a result of the housing rehabilitation assistance.

All program assistance will be awarded as funding is available. Complete applications will be processed on a first come, first serve basis. Applicant income, location, or dual citizenship status will not be used to determine applicant eligibility. Incomplete applications are not guaranteed consideration.

 

Program Scope and Eligible Expenses

The Tribe will provide financial assistance up to $10,000 for homeowners in of assistance with household rehab projects.

Examples of types of repairs include:
  • Foundation

  • Roofs/roof supports

  • Floors

  • Ceilings

  • Bathroom & Kitchen (updating of countertops, cabinets, sinks, baths, showers, toilets, etc.)

  • Walls/wall supports

  • Dry rot

  • Termite damage

  • Windows

  • Electrical/electrical defects

  • Plumbing/plumbing defects

  • Heating system defects/Cooling system defects

  • Entrance and exit defects

  • Weatherization to include Sealing, insulation, and painting

 

Eligibility, Guidelines and Qualifications
  • Applicant must be Shawnee Tribal citizen, 18 years or older.

  • Housing rehabilitation services may only be conducted on the applicant’s primary residence.

  • Proof or documentation must be provided to verify property taxes are paid and current.

  • Present housing condition must be in reasonable condition or brought up to reasonable standard condition after the rehabilitation has been completed.

  • Applicants must not have past due unpaid debts owed to the Shawnee Tribe.

  • Applicants must not be past due on subject property mortgage, debt, and/or liens.

  • Only one (1) Home Rehabilitation Program assistance/grant per household is allowed.

  • All payments or checks will be directly to vendors/contractors.

  • Contractors/vendors are required to have general liability coverage.

  • Applicants are eligible for one Tribal Funded Program at a time. After receiving Tribal Funded Program assistance, applicants are eligible to apply for other programs in which they meet the applicable program criteria and guidelines.

  • The full amount of the grant will be forgiven after 4 years from the date of the agreement, providing the tribal member complies and meets the following: maintains the home as their primary residence, remains compliant with all lending source liens on the property, maintains hazard and/or flood insurance on the property, and stays current on all property taxes. Recipients will not be eligible to apply again for Home Rehabilitation Program assistance for 4 years.

  • Applicants not living in the home for required 4-year period after receiving Home Rehabilitation Program assistance, will not be eligible to apply for additional Home Rehabilitation Program assistance for 5 years from original date of assistance.

  • Home Rehabilitation Program applicants may receive Storm Shelter Program assistance in either the year prior or the program year after Home Rehabilitation assistance.

  • Procurement procedures of the Shawnee Tribe shall be followed.

  • Exceptions to the policy must be approved by the Shawnee Tribe Business Council.

  • Initial proof of project and post-project completion will need to be provided by photos and completed project form.

  • Ownership of the residence will require verification by deed, BIA TSR, title report, or other form of acceptable verification.

 

Required Documents & How to Apply:
  • Completed & signed application

  • Proof of Shawnee Tribe citizenship

  • Proof of home ownership

  • Proof of current mortgage payments

  • Proof of current paid property taxes

  • Project details

Applications and required documentation may be submitted via email, mail, or in person at Shawnee Tribe Headquarters. If you have questions or would like to begin the application process, please contact Joy or Brittany in the Shawnee Tribe Housing Programs office at housing@shawnee-tribe.com or (918) 542-2441, x135 or x105 with questions or to begin the application process.

Download Application Packet

 

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Housing & Utilities


Native American Housing and Self Determination Act

NAHASDA is the acronym for the Native American Housing and Self Determination Act, the federal legislation that provides for housing funds to Indian tribes and for the regulation of how those funds are spent. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides our NAHASDA funding. The Tribe’s grant representatives from HUD’s Southern Plains Office of Native American Programs (SPONAP) in Oklahoma City oversee the Tribe’s performance and offer technical support.

NAHASDA funds are intended to place and maintain Indian families in safe, standard housing. The Shawnee Tribe has fulfilled this goal in the past by providing both emergency assistance and rehabilitation assistance.There are strict income guidelines and must live or be moving within a 100 mile radius of the tribal headquarters to qualify. If you have specific questions please contact Joy Shockley at the office.

NAHASDA emergency assistance helps an Indian family with:

  • "move in” assistance; the Tribe will assist with first months rent, deposit, and utility deposits
  • rent/mortgage payments if an eviction or foreclosure is underway
  • utility bills up to when a shut-off notice has been received (electric, water/sewage, gas)
  • propane purchases
Forms

Emergency Housing Assistance Application Packet

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Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services. LIHEAP provides financial assistance to help very low income households pay for the costs of heating and cooling their homes. The Shawnee Tribe has to abide by the requirements and guidelines issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services for the LIHEAP program when distributing funds. More information about LIHEAP can be found on this web site: www.acf.hhs.gov.

LIHEAP funds are distributed by the US Department of Health and Human Services to states and to tribes within states. Because the funding is state-based, a tribe can serve only residents of the state in which it is headquartered. This is the reason why LIHEAP funding is available only to Oklahoma residents. The Tribe-State agreement restricts services to Shawnee Tribe members only.

View Application Here

Applications and required documentation may be submitted via email, mail, or in person at Shawnee Tribe Headquarters. Please contact Brittany or Joy at housing@shawnee-tribe.com at (918) 542-2441, x135 with questions or to begin the application process.

 

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Safe in Wiikiwa Programs


Storm Shelter Installation (SSP)

About the Program

The Storm Shelter Program (SSP) is a tribally funded program that provides a grant for citizens of the Shawnee Tribe in need of a storm shelter for their primary, single-family residence. The installation of in-ground, above ground or storm safe rooms are all eligible expenses. Applicant income, or dual citizenship status will not be used to determine applicant eligibility. All program assistance will be awarded as funding is available. Complete applications will be processed on a first come, first serve basis. Incomplete applications are not guaranteed consideration.

 

Program Scope and Eligible Expenses

The Tribe will provide financial assistance up to $6,000 for homeowners to install a storm shelter on the property of their primary, single-family residence.
 

The program is available in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas. The amount of assistance awarded will vary based on the project, location, property conditions, clearance issues, permits, and other issues that may arise during the installation process. Types of shelter options available include in-ground, above ground and storm safe rooms.

Eligibility


Applicant must be Shawnee Tribal citizen, and 18 years or older.

 

Guidelines and Qualifications
  • A storm shelter may only be constructed at the applicant’s primary residence.
  • Only one storm shelter assistance/grant per household is allowed.
  • Proof or documentation must be provided to verify property taxes are paid and current.
  • Present housing condition must be in reasonable condition.
  • Applicants must not have past due unpaid debts owed to the Shawnee Tribe.
  • Applicants must not be past due on subject property mortgage, debt, and/or liens.
  • All payments or checks will be directly to vendors/contractors.
  • Contractors/vendors are required to have general liability coverage.
  • Applicants are eligible for one Tribal Funded Program at a time. Applicants are eligible to apply for other programs in which they meet the applicable program criteria and guidelines.
  • Recipients of Storm Shelter program must wait five years before applying for another Storm Shelter.
  • Procurement procedures of the Shawnee Tribe shall be followed.
  • Exceptions to the policy must be approved by the Shawnee Tribe Business Council.
  • Initial proof of project and post-project completion will need to be provided by photos and completed project form.
  • Ownership of the residence will require verification by deed, BIA TSR, title report, or other form of acceptable verification.
  • Program requires property be owner occupied and located in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Missouri, or Arkansas.

 

 

Required Documents & How to Apply
  • Completed & signed application
  • Proof of Shawnee Tribe citizenship
  • Proof of home ownership
  • Proof of current mortgage payments
  • Proof of current paid property taxes
  • Project details

Applications and required documentation may be submitted via email, mail, or in person at Shawnee Tribe Headquarters.

If you have questions or would like to begin the application process, please contact the Shawnee Tribe Housing Programs office at housing@shawnee-tribe.com

or (918) 542-2441, x105 (Joy Shockley) or x135 (Brittany Crowe).

Application Packet

 

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Safe at Home Ramp & Handicap Accessibility Modifications Program

About the Program

The Safe at Home Ramp and Handicap Accessibility Modifications Program supports Shawnee citizens who need wheelchair ramps or other home improvements to enhance handicap accessibility. It is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Housing Improvement Program. Supplemental funding for ramps and accessibility modifications is provided by the Tribe on an annual basis.

 

Program Scope & Eligibility:

Safe at Home Ramp Program & Handicap Accessibility Modifications supports Shawnee citizens who need wheelchair ramps or other home improvements to enhance accessibility such as, but not limited to widening doorways and installing handrails. The ramps are built following ADA guidelines and are safe, strong, portable, and durable.

  • Shawnee citizens nationwide are eligible to apply
  • The amount of assistance awarded will vary based on the particular project, location, property conditions, clearance issues, permits, and other issues that may arise during the installation process.
  • Must be verifiable property owner or renter
  • Must demonstrate a medical need

 

Applicant income or dual citizenship status will not be used to determine applicant eligibility. All program assistance will be awarded as funding is available. Incomplete applications are not guaranteed consideration.

 

Required Documents & How to Apply:
  • Completed & signed application
  • Proof of Shawnee Tribe citizenship
  • Proof of home ownership or if renter, then approval of landlord
  • Project details

Applications and required documentation may be submitted via email, mail, or in person at Shawnee Tribe Headquarters.

If you have questions or would like to begin the application process, please contact the Shawnee Tribe Housing Programs office at housing@shawnee-tribe.com or (918) 542-2441, x105 (Joy Shockley) or x135 (Brittany Crowe).

 

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Fire Safe Program

Fire Safe Tribal Citizens Program

About the Program

The Fire Safe Tribal Citizens Program will assist tribal citizens to stay in their homes safely and be prepared in case of fire by providing fire extinguishers, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. It is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Housing Improvement Program.

 

 

Program Scope & Eligibility:  
  • All Shawnee citizens 18 years or older
  • Must be the verifiable property owner or renter
  • Shawnee citizens nationwide are eligible to apply
  • The amount of assistance awarded will vary based on the project and size of home.

 

Applicant income or dual citizenship status will not be used to determine applicant eligibility. All program assistance will be awarded as funding is available. Incomplete applications are not guaranteed consideration.

 

Required Documents & How to Apply:
  • Completed & signed application
  • Proof of Shawnee Tribe citizenship
  • Proof of home ownership or if renter, then approval of landlord
  • Project details

Applications and required documentation may be submitted via email, mail, or in person at Shawnee Tribe Headquarters. If you have questions or would like to begin the application process, please contact the Shawnee Tribe Housing Programs office at housing@shawnee-tribe.com or (918) 542-2441, x105 (Joy Shockley) or x135 (Brittany Crowe).

Download Application Packet

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HOUSING ASSISTANCE DEPT
Joy Shockley & Brittany Crowe

29 S Hwy 69A, Miami, OK  74354

918-542-2441, ext 105 (Joy) or 135 (Brittany)

housing@shawnee-tribe.com