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City of Stillwater launches Phase 2 of COVID-19 utility and rent assistance program

Released:Jun 18, 2021

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(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / June 18, 2021) – Federally funded relief for Stillwater residents unable to make rent payments and utility costs as a result of COVID-19 is now available. Those qualifying can apply for relief beginning Sunday through the website of program administrator Our Daily Bread.

In April, Stillwater City Councilors accepted $490,000 of federal Community Development Block Grant CARES Act (CDBG-CV) funding and the City had to work with community partners to satisfy various requirements before it could launch the program.

This is the second wave of relief. The City contracted with Community Resourcing Inc., dba Our Daily Bread (ODB), in December to administer $150,000 of similar assistance.

“The first round of assistance was distributed quickly,” Chief Civic Innovation Officer Becky Taylor said. “There are still many individuals and families who are feeling the financial impacts of the pandemic. We’re extremely grateful for this significantly increased amount and the opportunity to launch Phase 2 of this vital assistance program.”

Beginning Sunday, June 20, interested citizens will be able to apply online at www.ourdailybreadstillwater.org. Residents who need help accessing the internet can contact Our Daily Bread, 701 E. 12th Ave., or visit the Stillwater Public Library, 1107 S. Duck Street.

There are a few differences between this round of assistance and the program that the City offered in December. Applications will only be accepted on Sundays and Mondays to allow Our Daily Bread time to process them throughout the week. To qualify for assistance, applicants must be residents of Stillwater within the city limits, have suffered an economic loss or financial impact due to COVID-19 and be considered low or moderate income based on income limits set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Requested assistance must be used to help with rent or utility expenses that were incurred on or after Jan. 21, 2020.

“This phase of the program was funded differently and the new application process is more complicated,” Taylor said. “But we don’t want that to discourage anyone from applying. Our Daily Bread has people that are ready to help every step of the way.”

Applicants will need the following information to complete the application:

  • Social security number

  • Legal identification

  • Current monthly household income

  • Proof of income (ex: 2019 tax return, 2020 tax return, last 3 consecutive months of pay stubs for household, unemployment documentation, etc.)

  • Utility bill (if requesting help with utilities)

  • Rent agreement/lease (if requesting help with rent)

Our Daily Bread will review and either approve or deny the applications based on eligibility, then the City of Stillwater will make direct payments on behalf of the resident to the utility vendor or landlord. The program has no set end date and will run until all of the funds have been distributed.

For more information, contact Our Daily Bread at 405.533.2555 ext.110 or visit its website at https://www.ourdailybreadstillwater.org/

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For media inquiries, contact the Department of Marketing and Civic Engagement at 405.742.8219 or email news@stillwater.org

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