Department of Health & Human Services
The Human Services Department of the United Keetoowah Band consists of four sub-programs. These programs consist of the LIHEAP assistance program, under a grant from the Department of Energy, the Social Services program, a 638 contract with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Motor Fuels Program, funded by taxes collected on the sale of motor vehicle fuels, and the Tribal General Assistance Program, wholly funded by revenues from the tribes Gaming Operations.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services and operated by the United Keetoowah Band Human Services Department.
The LIHEAP Program is an Energy Assistance Program designed to assist low income Indian households with Home Heating, Cooling, Crisis Intervention, and Weatherization assistance. Eligible applicants may receive LIHEAP assistance once every six months. The United Keetoowah Band LIHEAP program does not cover re-connect fees.
Social Services Program
The United Keetoowah Band is under a 638 contract with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to provide Social Services to exclusive tribal members. Service availability is based on the availability of funds. Funded exclusively by the BIA, the Social Services Program offers General Assistance, Disaster Assistance, Emergency Assistance, and Emergency Childcare Assistance. Families who qualify for this assistance must have little or no income. The total household income will be deducted from the assistance amount.
The Motor Fuels Program is funded fully by a payment from the state for tax on motor fuels. The United Keetoowah Band uses the motor fuels revenues to fund programs for exclusive tribal members. These programs include Vision, Motor Fuels for Medical Travel, Lodging Assistance for Medical Situations, Medication Assistance, Medical Assistance, and Insurance Co-Pay Assistance. These programs are all contingent on availability of funds.
Tribal General Assistance
The Tribal General Assistance Program is funded wholly by the revenues from the United Keetoowah Band's gaming operations. The program is designed to assist exclusive tribal members in times of hardship.