NAVAJO NATION: CARES Act Hardship Assistance Program now available online

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (ABC4 News) — The Navajo Nation Office of the Controller announced on Monday it has officially launched the online application for the CARES Act Hardship Assistance Program.

The program is not first come first served, which means every application will be provided equal
consideration, according to a press release issued by the Office of the President and Vice President.

Paper applications will continue to be available to elders, individuals with special needs, and those who are unable to file an online application.

“The online application is available to all enrolled members living on and off the Navajo Nation. If
you have elderly parents or grandparents who need assistance to complete and submit an
application, we encourage you to assist them by either submitting an application online or at your
local chapter or one of the alternative locations. As we have indicated before, with an initiative of
this magnitude, there will be issues that come up and it will take some time to resolve those
issues. Please be patient and please be respectful to everyone as we move through this process
together,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.

According to the Office of the Controller, the application period will remain open until Nov. 30.

The Office of the Controller will pick-up completed paper applications from chapters on a weekly basis, until the application period ends, and checks will be mailed in December.

The Nez-Lizer Administration will have staff members, including fluent Navajo speakers, available to provide application forms and technical assistance.

Please visit https://www.ndoh.navajo-nsn.gov/COVID-19/Hardship to view the locations and contact
information for this week.

“As we move forward with the online and in-person application process, it is very important that
we keep our guard up to protect our elders and those with underlying conditions. If you have
internet access, we highly recommend completing and submitting your application online. Please
be safe and comply with CDC guidelines if you must complete your application in-person,” said
Vice President Lizer.

All Navajo Nation residents and officials are advised to follow CDC guidelines when visiting
chapters and interacting with chapter officials and staff members, to reduce any potential risks
associated with COVID-19.

Wear a mask in public at all times, practice social distancing, wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer frequently, and avoid gatherings of five or more people.

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