Everyone falls upon hard times at some point in their lives, so don’t feel ashamed if you need to ask for a little bit of help. Fortunately, there are plenty of services in the community that can help you to get back on your feet.
If you have children, you can apply for TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), food stamps, and Medicaid through the Department of Human Services (DHS). If you are childless, you may still be eligible for some assistance if you bring in less than $3000 monthly and live with a person who is elderly or disabled.
If you are low-income and struggling to pay your rent, there are over seven thousand units available based on income rent through the Housing Authority which has developed partnerships with other agencies to provide residents with job training and resources to help them get back on their feet.
If you are struggling to keep your lights on, participates in an energy assistance program (LIHEP) that helps with heating and cooling bills during the Winter and Summer months. This program will also assist you in the event that you have a disconnection notice. You can apply for LIHEP through DHS. Of course, you are also going to need a telephone service so that potential employers can contact you. You can access affordable phone services through lifeline phone companies Oklahoma.
Don’t worry. Difficult times will pass, and you are strong enough to make it through this and get to the other side. There are assistance programs out there and kind-hearted people willing to lend a helping hand until you are back on your feet, so keep your head up and reach out to get the services you need.