Human Services helps citizens with emergency housing
Human Services clerk Michelle Keys, right, assists a client with forms for family assistance. The Cherokee Nation’s Family Assistance program falls under Human Services. LANI HANSEN/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Human Services clerk Heather Vann speaks with a client on the phone. One aid program that Human Services offers is emergency housing. LANI HANSEN/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation’s Human Services offers families emergency housing assistance for those in need.
Families who are living in residential housing and transitional housing are assisted more than others through the Family Assistance program under Human Services. People living in residential housing are on a housing program through the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation. People living in transitional housing are usually people renting from an individual landlord. Family Assistance also assists the vulnerable elderly and disabled.
“We look at every individual circumstance that comes in. People may come in and they are homeless or someone who was just diagnosed with an illness that we would look at and try to help with their mortgage payment or any payment they were behind on,” Janet Ward, Family Assistance manager, said.
People should understand that emergency housing assistance is a one-time assistance program and is not provided on a monthly basis like some people believe, Family Assistance Interim Director Jennifer Kirby said. She added that the program might assist a person a second time depending on the eligibility of the family’s circumstances.
“We see so many types of circumstances like people living in a family member’s home and then something happens to where they are not able to stay there anymore,” Kirby said.
The program works to prevent homelessness, but the person or family being assisted needs to work to keep the housing Family Assistance helped them obtain. Deposits for housing may be provided by the program, but the person or family being helped needs to show that they can maintain the funding needed for to pay for their housing.
“We do not want people going back to the similar situation they had before. We are really trying to help. We want people in a place that fits their income and can be maintained in the long run. We also try to encourage someone to get into something that fits their budget,” Kirby said.
If a person is not eligible for a housing program then they may be eligible for another program within Human Services. If a person is not eligible for assistance within Human Services, then Family Assistance will offer to look at other outside resources for a possible referral.
Some ideas of what a person needs to know before going to Family Assistance are where they going to live, what is it going to cost and if they are ready to sign the lease.
“We are not able to find places for people to stay, so it is important they have an idea of places or have contacted these places,” Kirby said.
Ward said Humans Services programs are based on eligibility and income from the past 12 months, and the process can frustrate some clients.
“We are federally funded in any of our housing programs. Sometimes there is confusion between why we need so much information and being federally funded is why,” Kirby said.
For more information, call 918-453-5422.
ᏓᎷᏈ- Ꮎ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᏓᏂᏍᎪᎵᏓᏁᎰᎢ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎤᏟᏍᏗ Ꮲ ᎤᎾᏁᎳᏗᏍᏗᎢ Ꮎ ᎡᏍᎦ ᏳᏂᎵᏍᏓᏁᎯ. Ꮎ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎤᏅᏌ ᏓᏂᏁᎳ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎾᏙᎵᎬ ᎠᏂᏁᎸᎢ, ᎤᎪᏙ ᎨᏥᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᎨᏐ ᎠᏎᏃ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᏗᎾᏓᏍᏕᎵᏙᎯ, Ꮎ ᎭᏫᎾᏗᏜ ᏧᏄᎾᏛᏃ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ. Ꮎ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎤᏅᏌ ᏧᏁᏅᏒ ᎠᎾᎨᎶ ᎦᎵᏦᏕ ᎤᎾᎦᏎᏍᏗ ᎥᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ. ᏃᎴ ᎦᎵᏦᏕ ᎠᎾᏙᎵᎩ ᎠᎾᏙᎵᎪᎢ ᎥᎿ ᎩᎶ ᎤᏤᎵᎪᎢ, ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᏗᎾᏓᏍᏕᎵᏙᎯ ᏓᏂᏍᏕᎵᎰᎢ ᎥᏍᎫ ᏗᏂᎬᏴᎵ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏂᏲᎤᏟ.
“ᎩᎶᎴ ᏳᏴᏟᏌ, ᎣᏥᎪᎵᏰᏍᎪ ᏂᎦᎥ ᏄᎵᏍᏓᏅᏒᎢ. ᏳᏓᎭᎴ ᎩᎶ ᏯᏴᏟᎦ, ᏝᏢ ᎦᏁᎳ ᏱᎩ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᏩᏛᏗ ᏱᎩ Ꮎ ᎤᏓᏂᎶᏒᎢ, ᎥᏍᎩ ᏲᏥᎪᎵᏯ ᎠᎴ ᏲᏣᏁᎵᏓ ᎣᏥᏍᏕᎵᏗᎢ Ꮎ ᎦᎵᏦᏕ ᎠᏥᏚᎬᎢ ᎠᏈᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏐᎢ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏚᏂᎩᏯᏍᏗᎲᎢ ᎠᏈᏗ”, Janet Ward, ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᏗᎾᏓᏍᏕᎵᏙᎯ ᎤᎦᏎᏍᏗ, ᎤᏛᏅᎢ.
ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᎰᏍᏗ Ꮎ ᎤᏟᏍᏗ ᎦᎵᏦᏕ ᎠᏓᏍᏕᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᏌᏊ ᎢᏳᏩᎦᏗ ᏯᎾᏓᏍᏕᎳ, Ꮭ ᏂᎪᎸ ᏏᏅᏓ ᎠᏓᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᏱᎨᏐᎢ, ᎥᏍᎩ ᎢᎦᏓ ᎠᏁᎵᏍᎪᎢ, ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᏗᎾᏓᏍᏕᎵᏙᎯ ᏞᎦ ᎠᏓᏎᎮᎮᎯ, Jennifer Kirby ᎤᏛᏅᎢ. ᏃᎴ ᎯᎠ ᎤᏠᏯᏍᏛᏅᎢ, Ꮎ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲᎢ ᎡᎷᏊ ᏔᎵᏁ ᏯᎾᏓᏍᏕᎳ ᏳᏂᎩᏛᎾ ᏄᏍᏗᏓᏅ ᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ.
“ᎤᎵᏍᏈᏍᏗ ᏙᏥᎪᏫᏘᎰ ᏄᎵᏍᏗᏓᏅᎢ. ᏴᏫ ᏚᎾᏓᏜᏫᏍᏛᎢ, ᏃᎴ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏳᎵᏍᏓᏂᏙᎳ, ᏃᏊ ᎤᎾᏓᏅᏍᏓ ᏱᏂᎦᎵᏍᏓ,” ᎤᏛᏅ Kirby.
Ꮎ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᏚᏂᎶᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ ᎠᎾᏁᎵᏗᎰ Ꮭ ᎩᎶ ᎤᏲ ᏄᎵᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ. ᎠᏎᏃ Ꮎ ᎩᎶ ᎠᎴ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᏱᎨᏥᏍᏕᎵᎭ ᎠᏎᏃ ᏧᏂᎶᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎨᏐᎢ, Ꮎ ᏳᎾᏚᎵ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎠᎾᏓᏍᏕᎵᏙᎯ ᎤᏂᏍᏕᎵᏗ ᏱᎩ. ᏃᎴ ᎠᎬᏱ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏗᏠᏗ Ꮎ ᎦᎵᏦᏕ ᏯᎾᏓᏍᏕᎳ, ᎠᏎᏃ Ꮎ ᎩᎶ ᎠᎴ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎠᏥᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᏳᎾᏛᏂᏗ ᎡᎷᏊᏍ ᏯᎾᏈᏯ ᎠᎾ ᎠᏂᏁᎸᎢ.
Ꮭ ᏲᎦᏚᎵᎰ ᎩᎶ ᏭᏂᎷᎯᏍᏗ Ꮎ ᏧᏄᏛᏅᎢ. ᎤᏙᎯᏳ ᎣᏣᏁᎵᏗᎰ ᏙᏥᏍᏕᎵᏗᎢ. ᎣᎦᏚᎵᎰ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏙᏥᎧᏂᏗ Ꮎ ᏓᏙᎵᎬ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎠᏃᏢᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎤᎾᎦᏎᏍᏗᏙ ᎾᎪᎯᎸᎢ. ᏃᎴ ᏙᏥᏅᏍᏗᎰ Ꮎ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏓᏙᎵᎬ ᏚᎾᏤᎵ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏚᏂᎲᎢ, ᎤᏛᏅ, “Kirby.
Ꮎ ᎩᎶ ᏰᎵ ᎢᎦᏗ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ ᎥᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᎥᎿ ᎦᎵᏦᏕ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲᎢ ᎡᎷᏊ ᏐᎢ ᎦᎵᏦᏕ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲᎢ ᏰᎵ ᎢᎦᏗ ᏳᏜᏅᏓ ᎥᎿ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ. ᏃᎴ ᎩᎶ ᎤᏄᎸᎲᏍᎨᏍᏗ ᏰᎵ ᎢᎦᏗ, ᎥᎿ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ, ᎡᎷᏊᏃ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᏗᎾᏓᏍᏕᎵᏙᎯ ᏯᎾᏓᎵᏍᎪᎵᏍᏓᏏ ᏐᎢ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᏩᏛᏗ ᎤᏂᏍᏕᎵᎯᏓᏍᏗ.
ᎦᏲᏟ ᎠᏓᏅᏖᎸᏍᏗ ᎦᏙᎤᏍᏗ ᎠᏓᏃᏎᏍᏗ ᏏᎸᏍᏓ ᏃᏪᏙᎸᎾ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎠᎾᏓᏍᏕᎵᏙᎯ; Ꮎ ᎭᏢ ᏥᏂᏁᎴᏍᏗ, ᎭᎳᏱᎦ ᏚᎬᏩᎳᏕᏍᏗ, ᎠᎴ ᏳᏅᏛᏅᏍᏓ ᏧᏬᏪᎶᏗ Ꮎ ᎤᏤᎵᎪ ᎦᎵᏦᏕ ᎠᏓᏙᎵᏍᏗᏍᎩ. “Ꮭ ᏱᏙᏥᏩᏗᎰ ᏴᏫ ᏧᎾᏁᎵᏗᏍᏗᎢ, ᎤᏙᎯᏳ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏗᏱᎩ ᎦᏳᎳ ᎤᎾᏑᏰᏗ ᏱᎩ ᎤᎾᏁᎵᏗᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᎦᏳᎳ ᎨᎵᏃᎮᏓᏅ ᏱᎩ Ꮎ ᎤᏤᎵᎪ ᎠᎾ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᎲ ᎤᎾᏁᎵᏗᏍᏗᎢ,” ᎤᏛᏅ Kirby.
Ward ᎤᏛᏅ, Ꮎ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᎤᎾᎳᏍᎪ Ꮎ ᏰᎵ ᎢᎦᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎪᏢᏅ ᎥᎿ ᏑᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏧᎶᏒᎢ, ᎯᎠᎾᏃ ᎢᏯᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ, ᎤᏂᏲᎠᏍᏓᏁᏍᎪ ᎢᎦᏓ ᎠᏂᎦᏘᏲᏎᎯ.
“ᏂᎬᎾᏛ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏓᎲ ᏙᏨᏂᏗᎰ ᏂᎦᎥ ᎦᎵᏦᏕ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲᎢ. ᏳᏓᎭᏃ, ᎤᏦᎠᏎᏗ ᎥᎨᏐ Ꮎ ᎤᎵᏍᏈᏍᏛ ᎧᏃᎮᏎᎸᏍᏗ ᏥᎨᏐᎢ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᏂᎬᎾᏛ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏙᎩᏁᎲᎢ, ᎥᏍᎩᏃᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎢᏯᏛᏂᏗ ᏥᎨᏐ,” ᎤᏛᏅ Kirby.
Ꮎ ᎤᎪᏓ ᏱᏣᏚᎵ ᏣᏕᎶᎰᏍᏗ, ᎠᎭᏂ ᏗᏎᏍᏗ: 918-453-5422.
– TRANSLATED BY LAWRENCE PANTHER