A public hearing is scheduled for 3 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, May 31, 2023, in the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Workforce & Social Services conference room, Workforce Drive, Shawnee, OK 74801. This is a public hearing regarding the Nation’s: CSBG, LIHEAP, Child Development Center, and Housing grant applications (IHBG & IHBG-C).
CPN P.L. 102-477 Plan The Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN) intends to renew its currently approved P.L. 102-477 Plan for ﬁscal years 2024-2029. The plan will continue to integrate programs for Indian employment, training and related services with no set date of termination. CPN’s 477 program will continue to oﬀer job placement and training, educational support, and other tribally relevant services aimed at increasing self-suﬃciency as well as safe and stable families.
CSBG (Community Services Block Grant) A grant from Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families and operated through the Citizen Potawatomi Nation P.L. 102-477 Plan. The funds are used to help Native American households in poverty who reside within the CPN’s Workforce & Social Service area which includes the counties of Pottawatomie, Lincoln, Payne, Cleveland, Seminole, and Oklahoma. The income-based assistance will be used to assist for gas vouchers to travel to/from out-of-town doctor’s appointments, and other needs directly impacting the safety and health of the individual such as utility bills, rent payments, and repair or replacement of appliances such as a refrigerator needed for storing medicine. Assistance will be prioritized based on the availability of funding. Pending congressional authorization and availability of funds. Other restrictions apply.
LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program & Leveraging Program) A grant from Health & Human Services, Community Services, expected to be operated through the Citizen Potawatomi Natoin P.L. 102-477 Plan beginning in ﬁscal year 2024. This grant is used to assist with paying utility bills (heating or cooling, depending on the time of year). Native Americans whose income does not exceed 60% of the State Median Income or 150% of poverty (whichever is greater) and who reside in the Workforce & Social Service area consisting of the counties of Pottawatomie, Lincoln, Payne, Cleveland, Seminole, and Oklahoma – east of Post Road may be eligible if otherwise unserved. Special consideration is given to households with elderly, disabled, children age 5 and under, and those households whose utility burden meets the CPN deﬁnition of crisis. Other restrictions apply. Through special eﬀorts to leverage the funds, an additional “leveraging” award may be received. Weatherization activities will be described and the FY ‘24 grant application details will be discussed pending congressional authorization and availability of funds. Other restrictions apply.
CCDF (Child Care and Development Fund) A grant from Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families and operated through the Citizen Potawatomi Nation P.L. 102-477 Plan. Child Care & Development Fund subsidizes childcare services are available to eligible families through certiﬁcates (vouchers) or contracts with providers. Parents may select any legally operating childcare provider. Childcare providers serving children funded by CCDF must meet basic health and safety requirements set by States and Tribes. “Relatives” may be qualiﬁed as childcare providers. The CCDF helps the Tribe operate multiple Child Development Centers which are tribally licensed. The CCDF helps provide quality activities, coordination of resources, and technical assistance. services are provided in the counties of Pottawatomie, Cleveland, and Oklahoma Counties.
2024 Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) to solicit comments on a funding application. The 2024 IHBG grant application to the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development proposes the construction of new housing units and housing services for the beneﬁt of the tribal community. Attendants will be provided information concerning the amount of funds available for the proposed housing project and the range of activities that may be undertaken. Residents will be given an opportunity to submit comments on the Tribe’s performance under any active community grants.
IN ORDER THAT WE MAY CONTINUE TO ASSIST YOU WITH THESE PROGRAMS, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT PUBLIC INPUT BE INCLUDED WITH THE GRANT. PLEASE COME BY THE PUBLIC HEARING AND SIGN THE PUBLIC HEARING REGISTER. IF WE DO NOT GET ENOUGH SIGNATURES, WE MIGHT NOT HAVE THE FUNDS TO ASSIST YOU.
CITIZEN POTAWATOMI NATION WORKFORCE & SOCIAL SERVICES