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The Oklahoma Business Relief Program
Food Supply Chain Stability
Eviction Mitigation Program
The State of Oklahoma committed $10 million in CRF to support non-profits that are helping Oklahoma families stay in their homes after being impacted economically by the presence of COVID-19. The CRF funding specifically reimburses the costs for non-profits to provide legal aid to intervene in eviction cases filed in county courts. To be eligible for reimbursement, the non-profit must submit to the State a tenant-landlord agreement with an Eviction Filing/Docket Number. Each reimbursement is capped at $3,600 in eviction mitigation per individual or per family.
Nonprofits that are receiving CARES Act reimbursement support and are directly assisting with eviction mitigation efforts include:
- Legal Aid and Community Action – Oklahoma County and Tulsa County https://www.legalaidok.org/
- Restore Hope – Tulsa County – https://www.restorehope.org
- Communities Foundation of Oklahoma – https://cfok.org
- Community Action Partnership – Oklahoma County https://www.caaofokc.org
- Upward Transitions – Oklahoma County https://www.upwardtransitions.org/
The State’s CRF funds for the Eviction Mitigation program have also been matched with financial support from the Schusterman Family Foundation and Inasmuch Foundation.
If you are a non-profit seeking CARES Act funding to support an already existing eviction mitigation program, please contact [email protected].
If you are seeking eviction mitigation assistance, please contact one of the non-profits listed above. These non-profits can also be contacted about additional resources for rental assistance that are not included in the State’s Eviction Mitigation program.
Child Care Stabilization
Approximately $9.6 million in CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) is being awarded to more than 2,200 childcare centers across Oklahoma to support the industry's efforts to deliver safe, essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) will deliver the one-time funds as Child Care Quality and Sustainability Payments to childcare providers who have maintained active status since March 15, 2020. Payment amounts will be tiered based on OKDHS's Reaching for the Stars Quality Rating and Improvement System program.
Childcare providers will not be required to submit an application. Payments will be disbursed to licensed providers automatically based on their Star rating and active status by September 15, 2020. Click here for more details.
HOPE Community Centers
Utilizing $15 million in CARES Act CRF, the State is launching 30 Community HOPE Centers to be stood up by the end of 2020 that will serve approximately 4,200 children and their adult caregivers. Community HOPE Centers will utilize community partnerships to provide critical services to families using the science of HOPE as their foundation. Each Community HOPE Center will have mental health professionals, Oklahoma Department of Human Services staff, virtual learning tools such as computers and iPads, meals and snacks, a weekend backpack program and other programming available to support families.
The initial site will serve youth in the Capitol Hill area of Oklahoma City and will be operated by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County, with plans to expand to other areas of the Oklahoma City metro, Tulsa, and other communities around the state. More information is available by clicking here.
Oklahoma Employment Security Commission Mainframe Upgrade
In 2019, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) was providing roughly $20.2 million a month on average in unemployment benefits to qualifying Oklahomans. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, this amount escalated quickly. From March 1 to July 31, OESC received 700,000 unemployment claims and distributed more than $2.4 billion in resources. The crisis exposed the agency’s legacy systems and the inability to process claims due to a mainframe that had not been upgraded since the 1970s.
Governor Stitt committed $17 million in CARES Act funds to deliver a digital transformation to OESC for upgrading this mainframe system and modernize the infrastructure to ease and quicken the process of delivering critical unemployment funds while enhancing security to reduce fraud and protect Oklahomans’ personal information.