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City Council created the Resident Aid Fund of Tigard, or RAFT, a $100,000 program that will allow community partners to apply for grants to expand COVID-19 services

TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Facilities like Tigard's Just Compassion, which provides a day center for those who are homeless.Tigard recently began accepting applications from nonprofits, faith-based organizations, agencies or service districts who can provide relief to residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

On April 7, the Tigard ?City Council created the Resident Aid Fund of Tigard, or RAFT, to help the city's most vulnerable residents — those who are housed and unhoused — through a $100,000 program that will allow community partners to apply for grants to expand services and extend aid for residents who are in need.

Those requests can cover such needs as paying for rent, utilities, food, and transportation; shelter services, social benefits such as the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP, or unemployment benefits; senior services or medical transport and childcare.

Applicants will be able to seek funding for priorities based on their knowledge and experience.

However, city officials acknowledge that not all priorities will be met through the program.

A total of four or more awards will be made to organizations based on their understanding of the needs in the community and their ability to provide timely and efficient assistance, according to the city government.

The maximum grant award is set at $25,000.   

"The Resident Aid Fund of Tigard is reflective of our commitment to protecting and stabilizing our most vulnerable community members," Tigard Mayor Jason Snider said in a news release. "By leveraging ?the expertise and capacity of community organizations, we will be able to ensure that aid gets to those in need as quickly as possible." 

All applications are due by April 24 with applications available at the city's website at engage.tigard-or.gov/RAFT. Specific questions should be directed to Schuyler Warren, a Tigard senior planner, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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