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August 6, 2010

Catholic Charities program to provide utility, rent assistance

OKLAHOMA CITY — This month’s rising temperatures, coupled with ongoing economic difficulties, can make it hard for some Oklahoma families to pay their bills.

Fortunately, Catholic Charities is offering assistance to some Oklahoma families who have been hit hard by rising costs. 

“When the weather gets hotter, higher electricity and utility bills can put a burden on local families,” said Nancy Largent, director of administration at Catholic Charities. “This is a lifeline for those in dire need. We don’t want families to have to choose between keeping their home cool, paying rent and putting food on the table.” 

The utility and rent assistance program is open to those in need who are behind on their utility bills, have received a utility cut-off notice or are experiencing past due rent. People of all faiths are welcome to apply.

In order to qualify for utility assistance, applicants must have a current bill, proof of current and identifiable income and a valid I.D.

For those requesting rent assistance, a copy of the lease, in the applicant’s name, must be presented with I.D. and income proof. Handwritten letters from a landlord will not be accepted as proof.

Due to increased need throughout Oklahoma, Catholic Charities cannot pay the entire bill. Applicants must pay the first portion to qualify for assistance. Additionally, recipients must enroll in a budgeting class. 

Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City is a private, nonprofit, social service agency dedicated to helping the people of Oklahoma, regardless of religious affiliation.

For more information, call 523-3030.

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