Cherokee Nation Expands, Expands Low Income Emergency Utility Assistance Program | News

TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee Nation is expanding its low-income emergency aid program and extending its application deadline to June 30.

The Emergency Utility Assistance Program is designed to assist eligible Cherokee Nation civilian households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with utility services. The expanded program now includes large citizens living in counties adjacent to the Cherokee Nation reservation.

Assistance can be used to cover a portion of utility backlogs, current and future utilities, and utility deposits. The trunk can help with natural gas, propane, water or electricity.

The program has been working since May 6 with applications available on the Gadugi Portal, which can be found online at https://gadugiportal.cherokee.org. Cherokee Nation will be scheduling drive-through events this summer to help those who have technology barriers sign up for the assistance. A list of those events will be released shortly.

“Many of our Cherokee families are still recovering from the financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years and now face a soaring cost of living,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. “This comprehensive and comprehensive utility program will help Cherokees who have been hit hardest by these economic conditions, which in turn will help us all recover as a people.”

To be eligible for the program, at least one family member must be a Cherokee Nation citizen.

Those eligible must live within the Cherokee Nation reservation, or counties adjacent to the reservation, and household income must not exceed 80 percent of the area’s median income. For income guidelines, visit https://www.cherokee.org/about-the-nation/public-notices/

“I encourage eligible families to visit the Gadugi portal to apply for this aid,” said Deputy Chief Bryan Warner. “Helping Cherokee families who are most in need is the right choice, and I’m so excited to be including many of our great citizens in the program.”

For eligibility questions or assistance with applications, email [email protected] or call (918) 453-5464.

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