The tribe has served more than 4,000 Cherokee citizens with COVID-19 emergency financial assistance since the beginning of September. (KTUL photo) TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (KTUL) — The Cherokee Nation is reopening its COVID-19 Emergency Assistance program Monday, Jan. 25 to help Cherokee citizens affected by the pandemic.
The tribe has served more than 4,000 Cherokee citizens with COVID-19 emergency financial assistance since the beginning of September.
An additional $7 million funding is being added to bolster the program and reach even more Cherokee households with up to $500 per household based on individual needs.
To apply, the application can be filled out online beginning Jan. 25, and will be taken until the first of December or until funds have been expended.
Preference will be given to qualifying Cherokee citizens who were age 18 and older as of Jan. 1, 2021, living in the Cherokee Nation reservation who can demonstrate an emergency need due to the pandemic.
Applicants cannot have received funds through the same COVID-19 Emergency Assistance program through the tribe’s Human Services Department within the last six months.
The online application can be found by clicking the red COVID-19 Emergency Assistance graphic at www.cherokee.org. Cherokees needing assistance with the online application or who have questions about eligibility can call 918-453-5464 during normal business hours Monday through Friday.