Stillwater City Council appropriates funds to assist citizens with utility, rent, mortgage payments

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At Monday’s Stillwater City Council meetings, councilors appropriated $150,000 from the CARES Act funding to assist citizens who are having a hard time making utilities, rent or mortgage payments due to direct results of COVID-19. The City will contract with Community Resourcing Inc., dba Our Daily Bread (ODB), 701 E. 12th Ave., to administer the program. The remainder of the CARES Act funds, $1,143,707 was moved to the City’s General Fund to hedge against future COVID-19 impacts and related programs.

Beginning Monday, Dec. 21, interested citizens may apply online at  Our Daily Bread at www.ourdailybreadstillwater.org.

To qualify for assistance, applicants must be residents of Stillwater within city limits and able to display direct economic loss or financial impact due to COVID-19. Requested assistance must be for a primary residence in Stillwater and for expenses from March 15, 2020, through Jan. 25, 2021. Residents can only receive funds up to the maximum amount of $1,500 once during this program.

Our Daily Bread will review and either approve or deny the applications based on eligibility. ODB will make direct payments on behalf of the resident to the utility vendor, landlord, or mortgage lender. The program will run until all of the funds have been distributed or when the program ends on Jan. 25. The City’s Chief Civic Innovation Officer Becky Taylor said that since Our Daily Bread already serves a large number of residents and has an established network of community partners, it would be well equipped to administer the program.

For more information, contact Our Daily Bread at 405.533.2555 or visit its website at https://www.ourdailybreadstillwater.org/