The Osage Nation received supplemental COVID funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development on May 15, 2020. Part of that funding has been set aside to expand the existing housing voucher program. This temporary program is for Osages who have lost their job or had income cut due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are now classified as low income (households making less than 80% of the median income). These members can apply for up to two months of past due rent or mortgage, paid directly to the landlord or mortgage holder. They can also apply for relocation expenses (first month’s rent and deposits).
While this COVID voucher program is only available to those immediately affected by the pandemic, it does apply to all Osages living in Osage, Washington, Tulsa, Pawnee, Noble and Kay Counties. The Housing Department has developed a simplified application that can be completed, submitted and approved 100% remotely. We will accept any in-person applications with social distancing protocols. HUD has issued waivers to allow remote approval of services and the Osage Nation Housing Department is taking advantage of these new freedoms. This application can be found online at www.osagenation-nsn.gov/what-we-do/housing.
The regular housing voucher program has been under the Financial Assistance Department for a number of years. The regular housing voucher program is now paired with this new COVID voucher program under the Osage Nation Housing Department. Contact the Housing Department for all housing voucher needs.
The regular housing voucher program is for low-income individuals living in Osage County. This program can assist with relocation expenses and utilities as well as past due rent and mortgage payments. To be eligible, the individual must be experiencing a financial emergency out of their control. Information on this program can also be found at the website address listed above. The Housing Department is applying the same HUD given waivers to allow this application to be completed, submitted and approved remotely as well.
Any questions about this program, or to submit an electronic application, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Osage Nation Housing Department can be reached at (918) 287-5310 or toll-free at 1-800-490-8771.