The American Rescue Plan Act provides the funds for the Homeowners Assistance Fund to prevent mortgage delinquencies and defaults, foreclosures, loss of utilities or home energy services, and displacement of homeowners experiencing financial hardship after January 21, 2020. $498 million has been designated for Tribes or Tribally designated housing entities and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.
Applicant or Spouse must be at least 18 years of age. (Co-habitant applicants do not have to be legally married.)
Applicant or Spouse must be a homeowner, meaning a property deed must be provided with the county clerks stamp from the county in which the applicant resides.
Applicant or Spouse must be a member of a federally recognized tribe.
If Absentee Shawnee tribal member, residence can be anywhere within the US.
If tribal member of other tribe, residence must be within Pottawatomie County.
Annual household income cannot exceed 150% of the area median income.
Applicant must be able to attest to financial hardship after January 21, 2020 due directly or indirectly to COVID-19.
Property Charges, such as Property Taxes
Utility Payment, such as electric, gas, home energy, water, sewer, solid waste disposal, and internet
The maximum amount for this one-time assistance per household is up to $8,000.
All assistance will be issued directly to companies indicated by the applicant.
Step 1 - Submit application with supporting documentation at astribe.com/forms/Homeowners-Assistance-Fund-Program
Step 2 – HAF Department receives application and verifies completeness. If incomplete or needing more information, a HAF representative will reach out to the phone or email provided by the applicant.
Step 3 – HAF Department will review eligibility and notify the applicant of determination.
Step 4 – Applicant and HAF Coordinator discuss Award Letter and sign agreement.
Step 5 – HAF Finance Clerk processes and disburses payment to the vendor.
*Applications from AST tribal members will be processed first.