After administering $33.7 million in rent and utility assistance through one of the United States’ first successful deployments of an Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), Restore Hope Ministries, the program’s lead administrator in northeast Oklahoma, will suspend new applications starting Sunday, January 30, to ensure all requested assistance is aligned with the program’s funding.
During this time, Restore Hope will continue to process all current applications until contracted allocations from ERA1 and ERA2 have been expended. The city, county and state were awarded $9.5M, $6M and $166M respectively in ERA2 funds. Restore Hope will continue to monitor distributions and funding availability; if additional funding becomes available, a portal will be opened to accept new applications.
To date, the program has helped thousands of people apply and receive critical assistance during the pandemic. More than 7,400 unique households and 3,700 landlords have utilized the funds. The average amount of funding is $4,500 in rental assistance per household.
In addition, Restore Hope is launching a new partnership with Tulsa Responds to aid with applicant communication. The organization will launch a call center along with texting, online chat and email support for applicants and others in need of assistance. Tulsa Responds will help manage the inflow of inquiries and help applicants finalize their documentation to speed up processing. They can also connect people to additional resources.
While Restore Hope is not accepting applications after January 30th, Community Cares Partners is continuing to accept applications for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. More information is available at: https://okccp.org/.