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Gov. Stitt presents assistance programs for renters and small businesses

Posted at 7:35 PM, Jun 18, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY — Governor Kevin Stitt announces a rental assistance program and a grant program for small businesses in Oklahoma.

The announcement took place during a news conference Friday at 1:45 p.m. at Restore Hope Ministries, located in Tulsa at 2960 Charles Page Blvd.

The Rental Assistance Reimbursement Fund will partner with community organizations to provide up to $3,600 in assistance to individuals or families related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the release said.

Officials say the Oklahoma Business Relief Program will be Oklahoma’s version of the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program with several different features.

Through the CARES FORWARD Coronavirus Relief Fund, $100 million in grant funding will be available in two separate $50 million phases, officials said. $10 million will be set aside in each phase for minority-owned businesses.

Scheduled speakers include the following:

  • Governor Kevin Stitt
  • Secretary of Commerce and Workforce Development Sean Kouplen
  • David Castillo, Oklahoma City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce CEO and Chair of the Governor’s Minority Business Council
  • Rev. Jeff Jaynes, Restore Hope Ministries Executive Director

Watch the full news conference below:

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