Health and Human Services
18300 W. Keetoowah Circle Tahlequah, OK 74464
The UKB Health and Human Services Department assists Keetoowah members with various needs including emergency rental payments, emergency utility payments, utility deposits and medical transportation costs. The department also administers the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, to help with heating in winter and cooling in summer. Many of its programs require applicants to meet certain income eligibility requirements and services are subject to change.
Per the UKB Tribal Council, members that face an electricity or utility cutoff must notify HHS three days before a suspension in services is set to take place. This time will allow the department time to process payment for eligible tribal members to avoid an interruption in services.
The Health and Human Services Department is managed by Interim Director Ronnie Livers. For general information or to inquire about program assistance, please call 918-871-2800.
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ALL programs require a completed application.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance LIHEAP
Winter Heating Program: Oct. 1-March 31
Assists members with buying wood, pellets, propane, natural gas and stoves to stay warm during colder months.
Summer Cooling Program: April 1-Sept. 30 | Assists members with electric bills and window units for elders.
This program can assist members with a variety of needs related to healthcare. These needs can include:
Fuel vouchers for doctor visits
Lodging for medical emergencies
Payment with medical services including hospital stays, ambulance rides and appointments
Select medical equipment
The United Keetoowah Band wants to be a source of comfort during a family's most difficult time.
This program can assist members with up to $3,000 for funeral services or cremation costs. Please call for a list of approved funeral homes we partner with and income guidelines for this program.
Family Violence Prevention Services
This program can assist tribal members and members of the public with any instances of family or domestic violence. Services include advocacy, safety planning, financial assistance for relocation or payment of deposits for housing. Staff also provides assistance with protective order assistance and court accompaniment.
This program can assist members in two ways. If a member is homeless, the program will pay for a weekly hotel stay, with the agreement that the member is actively searching for housing/employment. If a member is a new renter, we can assist with a security deposit and up to three months of rent. If you are a current renter, we can assist with up to three months of rent. Assistance is subject to income guideline requirements and limited to exclusive Keetoowahs. Exceptions to this rule for members of other tribes requires showing proof of denial from their tribe. This program does not assist with Rent to Own situations.
This program can assist members who are facing gaps in employment or those in the process of applying for SSI/SSDI. It provides those approved with $180/month for basic needs while seeking work or SSI/SSDI.