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.
NEW: RAFT Application Process Made Simpler, Faster. See Details.
Additional Flexibility in Response to COVID-19
Who qualifies for RAFT?
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.
Due to the COVID-19 health crisis and the stay at home advisory, we ask that clients do not leave their home to attain documents. If they have access to documents without leaving their home, please email pictures of the documents using their smart phone, if possible. If they do not have access to the documents and need additional time, please let us know.
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:
Please note: The above email address is for service providers only. If you are an individual in need of RAFT assistance, submit a pre-application HERE.