COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Program

COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Program Application

               

Important Information for November and December COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Program Applications.

December 10 at 5 p.m. is the December Deadline.
December 10, 2021 at 5 p.m. is now the deadline for December Walmart Grocery Cards and COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Program (EAP) applications.

December applications for the Walmart Grocery Card and for the COVID-19 EAP will close December 10, 2021. All materials needed to complete the applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on December 10, 2021.

Applications for Both November and December Will be Taken in November.
In order to avoid missing the December 10, 2021 deadline, applicants may apply for both November and December assistance when applying for the programs in November.

If you already applied for either program on or before November 8, 2021, you must still apply for December assistance. You may apply for December assistance in November.

Click here to apply for COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Program.

Click here to apply for Walmart Grocery Card.

Or to speak to someone, please call Pokagon Band Social Services at (269) 782-4300.

 

Gerenal Description

  • Completed applications must be delivered to the Band's Department of Social Services located at 58620 Sink Road, Dowagiac, Michigan 49047, or by email at CARES.EAP@PokagonBand-nsn.govor by Fax (269) 782-4295. No applications will be accepted after 5:00 pm on December 10, 2021. 

  • All required documentation must be submitted by December 10, 2021.

  • COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Program is governed by the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Program Policy (“Policy”), copies of which are available at the Department of Social Services.  The Policy shall control in the event of any conflict with this Application.

  • An Applicant must: (1) be a Band Citizen or Non-Citizen Parent; (2) be at least 18 years of age; (3) have Increased Need or Job Loss Related Need; (4) have an adjusted gross income for 2020 that does not exceed, or have suffered a household income reduction in 2020, and it is Highly Unlikely that the person will have an adjusted gross income for 2021 that does not exceed: (i) $75,000 for Applicants who filed their 2020 federal income tax returns under “single” status, or are Highly Likely to file their 2021 federal income tax return under such status, as applicable; (ii) $112,500 for Applicants who filed their 2020 federal tax returns under “head of household” status, or are Highly Unlikely to file their 2021 federal income tax return under such status, as applicable; or (iii) $150,000 for Applicants who filed their 2019 federal tax returns under “married filing jointly” status, or are Highly Likely to file their 2021 federal income tax return under such status, as applicable; and (5) complete and return to the Department this application, along with all required documentation, including as set forth in the Policy, Exhibit A Schedule of Acceptable Documents.

  • Assistance is limited and subject to available funding, not to exceed $1,500 per month, per household for either Increased Need or Job Loss Related Need. Community standards and norms will be utilized in determining benefit amount levels. Example: cleaning supplies-$100 a month

  • “Increased Need” means financial need arising from increased costs related to the Emergency, including without limitation, food, childcare, medical care, home office, cleaning supplies, personal protection equipment, education (such as having to purchase a laptop for remote learning), not previously purchased through another program, and funeral expenses.  Increased Need does not and is not intended to replace funding under any Band program negatively impacted by the Emergency, including but not limited to the HEAP. The amount of assistance is based on the difference between pre-covid expenses and increases related to Covid-19, not to exceed $1,500 per month, per household for either Increased Need or Job Loss Related Need.
  • The Applicant must provide documentation to prove Increased Need under this program. The following documents shall be acceptable to prove Increased Need under this Policy: Receipts, statements, and/or bills of sale evidencing payment. 

  • The Applicant must provide documentation to prove Increased Need caused by the COVID-19. The following documents shall be acceptable to prove Increased Need under this Policy: Receipts, statements, and/or bills of sale evidencing payment.

  • Job Loss Related Need” means financial need arising from employment interruption, job loss or reduced household income, including without limitation, difficulty in making mortgage or rent payments, utility payments, purchasing food, and paying for medical care, making car payments, paying for insurance and similar living expenses, all as a result of the Emergency. The amount of assistance provided will be the difference between pre-covid income and current household income, not to exceed $1500 per month, per household for either Increased Need or Job Loss Related Need. 

  • The Applicant must provide documentation to prove Job Loss Related Need caused by COVID-19. under this program. The following documents shall be acceptable to prove Increased Need under this Policy:

    1. Termination letter from employer, layoff letter from employer, pay statements evidencing reduction in hours or pay, or unemployment notices; and

    2. Receipts, statements, and/or bills of sale evidencing payment.

  • An Applicant may apply for Assistance for both Increased Need and Job Loss Related Need in the same month, but Assistance will not be awarded for both Increased Need and Job Loss Related Need in the same month, rather for each month, the Department will award the higher amount for which the Applicant is eligible.  For example, if for the same month, an Applicant applies for Increased Need in the amount of $500 and Job Loss Related Need of $1,500, any award would be limited to $1,500. 

  • Assistance shall only be provided for the period of November 1, 2021, through December 10, 2021, and Assistance shall not be provided for amounts accrued prior to November 1, 2021.    

  • Assistance shall not be used for or include expenses that have been or will be reimbursed under any program, federal or Band program, or for damages covered by insurance, including without limitation, unemployment insurance, wages earned, short- and long-term payments as a result of the emergency.

  • Applicants must have and retain a copy of all evidence in support of Increased Need and/or Job Loss Related Need, as applicable. Notwithstanding the above, the Director shall retain the authority to (1) require an Applicant to provide additional proof of eligibility under this Program; and (2) to extend documentation submission timelines when deemed necessary in his discretion.

Click here to apply for COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Program.