Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT)
The state-funded RAFT program is a tool used by the Housing Consumer Education Center (HCEC) team to provide eligible households up to $4,000 per 12-month period that can be used to help retain their housing, obtain new housing, or otherwise avoid becoming homeless.
Who qualifies for RAFT?
RAFT is now available for an expanded population including individuals, families with older children, couples without children, unaccompanied youth and any other household size. All other program regulations and requirements remain the same.
Households composed of two or more people living together, one of whom is a dependent child under the age of 21. A pregnant mother qualifies if she is the head of household.
Individuals, families with older children, couples without children, unaccompanied youth, and households of any size.
Household must provide documentation/proof that they are currently experiencing a housing crisis:
For households facing eviction: Summary Process Summons and Complaint**
**Tenants who have a housing subsidy and are facing eviction due to non-payment of rent must also provide proof of financial hardship that explains cause for arrears in order to receive assistance.
For households leaving doubled-up housing: Letter from landlord or primary tenant explaining that the family must leave. This must also include the address, date, and contact name and info of person writing letter. A copy of new lease or letter of intent to rent for new apartment.
For households leaving unsafe housing: Verification of unsafe housing conditions and copy of new lease/letter of intent to rent for new apartment.
For households facing foreclosure or mortgage arrears: Current mortgage statement and letter from lender indicating that family is at least 30 days in arrears and at risk of foreclosure.
For households with rental arrears: Written documentation of rental arrears, demonstration of a financial hardship (reduction in revenue and/or increase in expenses) that caused the nonpayment of rent, and demonstration that payment of the arrears will allow the household to retain their housing.
For households facing utility shutoff: Utility shutoff notice and current bill.
What can RAFT funds be used for?
Program funds can be used for housing-related expenses only. Appropriate uses of funds include, but are not limited to:
Rental or mortgage arrearages.
First and last month’s rent.
Furniture. (May only be requested if connected to one of the housing crises listed above).