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Welcome to the Official Site of the Wichita And Affiliated Tribes

 

 

 

Wichita and Affiliated Tribes

On October 28, 2021, the Wichita Executive Committee, by a vote of 6-0-0, approved the increase for dental services with the Tribal Member Health Plan Card from $500 to $750 per tribal member effective January 1, 2022.  The maximum benefit for any tribal member remains at $1,500 per year. The limits for vision, prescriptions and medical marijuana remain the same.  Enrolled Tribal Elders 55 and older are not subject to the vision, prescription or dental limits.

benefits update 2022

 

 

 

On Tuesday, January 11, 2022, the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes Tribal Government Complex will close at 5:00 pm due the continued outbreak of COVID-19. Currently, we have over 30 employees that have COVID-19 and many with children that also have COVID-19.  We will remain closed for the rest of this week and will reopen on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 8:00 a.m.   Monday, January 17, 2022 is a federal holiday so we will also be closed that day.  

 

In addition, the Wichita Star Academy, Wichita School Readiness Program and the Child Care Development Programs will close at their regular time today, January 11, 2022 and will remain closed until Tuesday, January 18, 2022. The Child Care Facilities will reopen at their regular time on the Tuesday, January 18, 2022.  We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause parents but the health and safety of your children is also important.  With so many staff and their children, that have COVID-19, we felt this was the best thing to do for your children, our staff and our community.

 

Directors and Administrators have their phones redirected so that they can answer phone calls and will be working from home.  In some cases, they may have designated staff to answer calls but regardless they should be available to answer phone calls if anyone needs emergency assistance from their program.

 

COVID-19 has hit our Tribe hard these last few weeks. Please keep our tribal members, our children, our elders, our tribal employees and our community in your prayers over this next week as we battle with this COVID-19 directly or indirectly.  Please do your part and keep your family safe over the next few days.  This round of COVID-19 has spread fast and is unpredictable.  Many have it for the second time this go round. The best thing you can do to help is pray for healing for all those that have COVID-19 right now. May the Creator continue to watch over all of us during this time.

-Terri Parton, President of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes

 


Wichita and Affiliated Tribes - Annual LIHEAP and ARPA LIHEAP (OKLAHOMA RESIDENTS ONLY)

 

The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes LIHEAP program is now available for the 2022 Fiscal Year. The Low-Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) operates for Heating assistance the months of January to April or until funds are exhausted, whichever comes first. Crisis assistance is also available, emergency basis only, until funds are exhausted. Crisis is considered when a tribal member has received a disconnect notice from their utility/fuel provider.

 

LIHEAP is available to adult tribal members that are residents of the State of Oklahoma and must meet the federal income guidelines. The tribal member must be listed on the utility bill or on a joint account. Funding is limited under this assistance and priority is still given to the vulnerable households which include elders, disabled members in the home, and small children (ages 5 and younger) in the home.

 

Tribal members that have used LIHEAP Assistance this funding year (Oct. 2021-present) from DHS or any other tribal services will not be eligible through our program. LIHEAP doesnothelp with services that have already been disconnected and this funding will not pay for reconnect fees.

 

LIHEAP-ARPA Crisis is available to those that can provide a proof of a positive COVID-19 test within the last 3 months from the date of the application for any immediate household member. The assistance will be on a first-come first-serve basis.  Applicants must meet federal income guidelines to be eligible. The COVID-19 revision to the income eligibility under the ARPA LIHEAP will accept the last 14 days of income received from the date of the submitted application. LIHEAP ARPA CRISIS will be available throughout the fiscal year and will not interfere with any regular LIHEAP assistance received.

 

LIHEAP GUIDELINES & APPLICATION-FY-2022

   LIHEAP ARPA PRESS RELEASE FY-2022

 

ARPA Home Repair Program 

FOR APPLICATION-CLICK HERE

 

On September 30, 2021, the Wichita Executive Committee, by a vote of 5-0-0, approved Resolution-WT-21-327 approving the Home Repair Program Policy and Authorizing funding for the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes ARPA Home Repair Program. On July 19, 2020, the Tribal Council passed Resolution-WT-19-015 directing the Wichita Executive Committee to authorize funds in the FY-2020 budget for a Home Improvement Program. The program was to be open to those owning their homes that may need repairs related to health and safety with the understanding that tribal elders would have first priority and that only a limited number of homes could be done each year. In October of 2019, the President of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes began working with the City of Anadarko to conduct home energy audits. These audits were completed for 7 Wichita and Affiliated Tribes home owners. These were completed with the understanding that these homes would be first priority for a home improvement program to address the issues identified in the home energy audits. The Wichita Executive Committee had intentions of implementing the program in FY-2020, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic and closure of tribal businesses that would have provided funds to support a home improvement program, the Wichita Executive Committee was unable to address the need in FY-2020.

Under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Assistance to Households, home repairs and weatherization are allowable costs. The Wichita Executive Committee has elected to implement this program. However, the Tribe will have to assess whether, and the extent to which, there has been economic harm, such as loss of earnings or revenue, that resulted from the COVID-19 public health emergency and whether, and the extent to which, the use would respond or address this harm. The Tribe will have to first consider whether an economic harm exists to the homeowner and whether this harm was caused or made worse by the COVID-19 public health emergency. The homeowner must provide proof of how they suffered from a negative economic impact from COVID-19 and the home repairs will only address health and safety issues of a home belonging to the enrolled Wichita and Affiliated Tribes homeowners.

Completed application, deed to the home and CDIB card will be required for all applicants and other documentation may be required depending on the circumstances. This program will be open to those living out of the Tribal jurisdiction including homeowners out of state but there will be additional requirements. You may refer to the Home Repair Program policy for additional information.

Applications and the Home Repair Program policy will be made available on the Tribes' website on November 1, 2021 and will be available for pick up at the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes Administration Building located 1.25 miles North of Anadarko on Highway 281 on Monday, November 1, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. No applications will be given out prior to November 1, 2021.

 

 

Wichita and Affiliated Tribes

ARPA Response Household Assistance Program Application (RHAP) 

Guidelines

FY-2022

FOR APPLICATION-CLICK HERE

 

A.R.P.A Response Household Assistance Program is available for any adult Wichita and Affiliated Tribes enrolled tribal member and will be administered under the ARPA Department. The services provided under this program at this time are utility bill relief, rental payment and mortgage payment. Other emergency services may be eligible but are not guaranteed. All applicants must submit a completed application with all of the required documents listed on application checklist.  Applicants are required to submit a statement of explanation as to the circumstances to document a need for assistance. Other documentation may be required to verify eligibility or to verify there has been a negative economic impact endured by the household. Services are for One (1) time assistance per fiscal year October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022.

You may apply for assistance under one of the following:

1.  Utility Assistance (Bill or Deposit)

Assistance for utilities includes a maximum up to $500. The payment will be made directly to the vendor. A copy of the bill must be in the tribal members name and the bill must be provided with the application. The applicant cannot have an outstanding balance. If service is provided then the balance must equal a zero balance once the funds are applied.  Services may be provided to an applicant with an outstanding balance ONLY if they are eligible to enter into a payback agreement on the overage amount.  The ARPA Department still has to call agency/landlord to verify and discuss risks on account.  ARPA Department will follow up on client to make sure they complied with agreement and retained services/tenancy and document in file.  Future payback agreements may not be accepted for up to a year if a client does not fulfill agreement

 

2.  Rent Assistance (Bill or Deposit)

Assistance for rent includes a maximum up to $500. The payment will be paid directly to the landlord or housing office. Must have a lease agreement in place for current residence and provide a copy with the application. In the case of a request for Deposit Assistance then a rental agreement or letter showing the amount of the deposit must be provided. If service is provided then the balance must equal a zero balance once the funds for assistance are applied.  Services may be provided to an applicant with an outstanding balance ONLY if they are eligible to enter into a payback agreement on the overage amount.  ARPA Department still has to call agency/landlord to verify and discuss risks on account.  ARPA Department will follow up on client to make sure they complied with agreement and retained services/tenancy and document in file.  Future payback agreements may not be accepted for up to a year if a client does not fulfill agreement.

 

3.  Mortgage Payment

**MUST APPLY WITH THE HOMEOWNERS ASSISTANCE FUND (HAF) PROGRAM PRIOR TO RECEIVING THIS ASSISTANCE**

Assistance for mortgage includes a maximum up to $500. The payment will be paid directly to the mortgage company. Must provide house payment agreement or letter from mortgage lender. If services are provided then the balance must equal a zero balance once the funds for assistance are applied.  Services may be provided to an applicant with an outstanding balance ONLY if they are eligible to enter into a payback agreement on the overage amount. The ARPA Department still has to call agency/landlord to verify and discuss risks on account.  ARPA Department will follow up on client to make sure they complied with agreement and retained services/tenancy and document in file.  Future payback agreements may not be accepted for up to a year if a client does not fulfill agreement.

   

Wichita and Affiliated Tribes

American Rescue Plan (ARPA Department) 

Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) Program

FY-2022

FOR APPLICATION-CLICK HERE

 

On September 30, 2021, the Wichita Executive Committee, by a vote of 5-0-0, passed Resolution-WT-21-328 adopting the Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) Policy.  The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes received $38,105.40 on May 18, 2021 from the United States Treasury to implement the Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) Program. This was 10% of the Tribes allocation.  The Tribe submitted its HAF Plan to the United States Treasury on Thursday, September 30, 2021.  Once the plan is approved, the Tribe will be eligible to receive the other 90% for a total of $381,054.00 for the Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) Program.  The Tribe has until September 30, 2026 to fully expend the funds.

   

        Congratulations to the 2021-2022 Wichita Tribal Princess, Isabella Fridia

 

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Latest Updates on COVID-19 from the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes:

The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes' Tribal Offices are currently open to assist tribal members with their needs. Visitors must wear masks at all times. Please practice social distancing.

Offices require that you make an appointment before coming in.
Walk-ins are not guaranteed but can still be served if an appointment is available.

Please call the main number for more information 405-247-2425 or one of the numbers below.

 

We are currently available at the following numbers:


Maintenance/Elder Lawn Program 405-247-2425 Ext. 114

Education 405-247-2425 Ext. 171

EPA 405-247-2425 Ext. 141

Tribal Funded Social Services/LIHEAP 405-247-2425 Ext. 120

Indian Child Welfare 405-247-2425 Ext. 127

VOCA/Victims Advocate 405-247-2425 Ext. 130

Caregiver Program/AOA 405-247-2425 Ext. 115

Health Programs 405-247-2425 Ext. 157

Food Distribution 405-247-2425 Ext. 117

TOR/Substance Abuse 405-247-2425 Ext. 352

RISE Prevention 405-247-8824 Ext. 404

Native Connections 405-247-8817 Ext. 405

CCDF/Child Care Assistance 405-648-7095 Ext. 332

Communications 405-247-2425 Ext. 165

 

 

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