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Oklahoma Farmers and Ranchers Have Options for Assistance

Farmers and ranchers affected by the May 5 to June 22 storms, tornadoes, flooding and straight-line winds could be eligible for assistance from several agencies. The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency can assist survivors who are farmers and ranchers with some immediate needs including grants to pay for

Disaster Assistance for Oklahoma Storms Expands to Include 12 More Counties

Homeowners, renters and business owners in 12 more Oklahoma counties affected by the severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding starting on May 5 through June 22 can now apply for state and federal disaster assistance. Those counties include Adair, Cherokee, Coal, Delaware, Garvin, Hughes, Lincoln, Logan, Love, Murray, Ottawa and Pontotoc, which now brings the total to 45.

Eight Cherokee families receive keys to new homes in Nowata

The dream of homeownership is now a reality for a pair of brothers and six other Cherokee families in Nowata. They received keys Monday to their new homes built through the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation’s New Home Construction Program.

Housing Authority accepting college housing applications in July, August

The Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation will accept applications for fall semester college housing assistance July 27–Aug. 7. “The College Housing Assistance Program is a small but meaningful way the Housing Authority can help students achieve their goal of a higher education,” said Gary Cooper, executive director of the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation.

Inhofe Praises Passage of ECAA Amendment to Aid Foster Kids, Homeless Youth

U. S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today praised the passage of Senate amendment #2169 to the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA), which would add a separate reporting requirement on graduation rates for homeless and foster youth to state and district report cards. Inhofe was the lead Republican cosponsor of the amendment introduced on July 8 by Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.). The amendment passed 56-40.

Retired Nurse Finds Home Financing HELP from First Financial Bank, FHLB Dallas

Ten years after retiring as a nurse in Muldrow Oklahoma, Sheila Thrift, 68, was ready to be back in Arkansas with her family. Ms. Thrift sought assistance from First Financial Bank, where she learned about the Homebuyer Equity Leverage Partnership (HELP) program offered by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas)

Inhofe, Lankford Voice Concerns about the Osage Nation’s Oil and Gas Estate

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) today sent a letter to Department of the Interior Sec. Sally Jewell expressing concerns about the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ (BIA) management of Osage Nation’s oil and gas mineral estate on Osage County, Oklahoma

State/FEMA Recovery Center Reopens in Le Flore County

A Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will reopen in Le Flore County to help people in Oklahoma who were affected by the severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and tornadoes occurring May 5 through June 4

IBTS and the Oklahoma Municipal League (OML) Team to Provide Local Government Solutions

The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) has partnered with the Oklahoma Municipal League (OML) through their not-for-profit arm, Oklahoma Municipal Services Corporation (OMSC) to offer a suite of services to member cities and towns. OML is leading the way for other municipal leagues to offer local government solutions to their members.

Oklahoma Disaster Assistance Tops $26 Million

Signs of recovery are becoming visible following the severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding occurring May 5 through June 4. Since the May 26 major disaster declaration, state and federal disaster officials say residents continue to seek help

EPA Awards Oklahoma over $1.2 million to Reduce Water Contamination Risk in Underground Tanks

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently awarded the Oklahoma Corporation Conservation Commission $459,000 to respond to petroleum leaks from underground storage tanks (UST). The agency will also receive $809,000 to clean petroleum leaks.

OK 14330-03 Oklahoma City Disaster Recovery Center to Become SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center

The State/Federal Disaster Recovery Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma will convert to a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) only Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) on Wednesday, July 1. The center will continue to operate at Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. However, SBA’s center will now be located on the first floor next to the old Macy’s

Earlier today, Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) voted for the Ratepayer Protection Act (H.R. 2042)....

Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) today issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Ratepayer Protection Act (H.R. 2042), legislation to protect Oklahoma families and businesses from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan rule

Second floor to be added to W.W. Keeler Complex

The Cherokee Nation’s tribal complex in Tahlequah is undergoing some major renovations, including a 31,550-square-foot second story on the west end of the building to create space for the tribe’s growing workforce.

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OHFA Awards $600,000 to Organizations Providing Down Payment Assistance

Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency’s Board of Trustees approved Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) contracts during its July meeting to provide funding for affordable housing in Oklahoma. OHFA is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development designated state Participating Jurisdiction.

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HUD CHARGES OKLAHOMA LANDLORDS WITH DISCRIMINATING AGAINST VETERAN WITH DISABILITIES

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it is charging the landlords of a Moore, Oklahoma rental home with violating the Fair Housing Act by denying the reasonable accommodation requests of their tenant, a veteran with disabilities