OHFA’s Richard S. Lillard Emergency Housing Assistance Fund provides up to $500,000 annually to help Oklahomans displaced following a natural disaster. The fund was implemented following the May 2013 tornadoes when OHFA recognized the need to get immediate assistance to families displaced by severe storm damage. Applicants may apply for up to $1,500 in funds for up to 60 days after a federally declared disaster that has impacted at least 25 families, and where the Governor has declared a state of emergency.
Funds will be paid directly to the housing, hotel, or utility provider. Funds cannot be banked for later use.
Eligibility is limited to the head of household (HOH) and spouse
Must have been displaced (home not habitable) in an affected disaster area
Must have a referral from the American Red Cross or alternate MARC form and/or FEMA documentation if a Presidentially Declared Disaster certifying the damaged home is in a declared disaster area and the home was occupied by the applicant at the time of the disaster. If an American Red Cross and/or a FEMA referral are not available, OHFA will review other documentation to attempt to establish eligibility. OHFA may consider photo IDs, utility bills, utility provider statements, local county assessor data, emergency management documentation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers evacuation orders, and other disaster documentation.
Must provide a Social Security Number (SSN) or Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) number for each adult household member - provide SS or INS card or other documentation with the SSN/INS number, if no documentation is available, submit full number for OHFA to verify
Must provide a valid photo ID for each adult household member
Must provide an executed copy of a lease in the name of the HOH or spouse, which shows the contract rent and security (rent) deposit amount, if requesting funds for payment of one month’s rent or security (rent) deposit; Owner/landlord will be required to complete a W-9 form
Must provide an executed copy of a lease in the name of the HOH or spouse which shows the utilities to be provided by the family, if requesting funds for payment of utility deposits; Must provide name, address, phone number, and account number for each utility provider; Utility must be in the name of the HOH or spouse
Must provide the name, address, and phone number of the hotel and a hotel confirmation number, if requesting funds for payment of hotel accommodations; Hotel reservation must be in the name of the HOH or spouse; Hotel establishment will be required to complete a W-9 form; OHFA will pay up to $125/night (excluding tax) for hotel accommodations
Each family may qualify for any or all of the above assistance up to the maximum grant amount of $1,500