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Rapid Response Fund

RNHS is excited to announce its RAPID RESPONSE FUND supporting single-parent households with minor children, seniors 65 and above, and recently added, college students and men of color, Those who meet the following income requirements, are welcome to apply. Single parent households and Seniors can qualify for grocery gift cards or support with unpaid utility bills. College students can qualify for support with their textbooks fees, and men of color can receive support with unpaid DMV tickets.

Utilities are considered electricity, water, garbage, and cable/internet – cell phones and home phones under this program are not considered utilities.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Resident of Contra Costa, Alameda, or Solano Counties
  • Single parents with minor children
  • Senior 65 years of age and older
  • College students
  • Men of color
  • Must be able to meet our income requirements as identified above.
  • Seniors who can validate their income does not exceed more the $30,000 a year do not have to provide additional documentation
  • Those approved can apply to the fund a total of two times; a second relief request can be made three months after the initial relief payment; assuming funds are still available.

Required Documentation

Single Parent Households

  • Financial Hardship Verification (Unemployment documentationIncome certification i.e. Last 30 days of paystubs, Social Security Statement, and/or other sources of income)
  • Past-Due utility bill(s)
  • Birth Certificate(s) to confirm age(s) of minor children
  • First page of Federal tax return to verify filing status as Head of Household

Seniors

  • Income certification i.e. Social Security Statement, retirement statement, etc.
  • Copy of ID for age verification
  • Past-Due utility bill(s)

Black (BIPOC) Men

  • Income certification i.e. Last 30 days of paystubs, Social Security Statement, and/or other sources of income
  • Copy of ID
  • DMV Fees or Tickets

College Students

  • Financial Aid Award verification
  • Textbook List

Award Amounts

Note: Award amounts will be based on household size and will be distributed in the form of gift cards; payments will be made directly to the utility company(s).

Grocery Giftcard(s)

Household Size 1: $150
Household Size 2: $275
Household Size 3: $400
Household Size 4: $525
Household Size 5+: $325
Note: Those with HH sizes of 3 or more will be given in two installments.

Utilities/DMV Fee(s)

Household Size 1: $300
Household Size 2: $450
Household Size 3: $550
Household Size 4: $625
Household Size 5+: $750
Note: All utility relief will be paid directly to the utility company

Giftcards may be picked up from the office, or are sent certified mail to confirm receipt

FAQ

  1. Undocumented individuals can apply; however, if the relief exceeds $600- they will need to complete a W-9; if they cannot comply- they will not be able to receive the support.
  2. Document required is to confirm your hardship, status, (Senior, SPHH); Utility bill only required for utility relief, payments will be made directly to utility company. Food relief will be provided in the form of a gift card.
  3. Utilities are considered electricity, water, garbage, cell phones and home phones under this program are not considered utilities.
  4. DMV Fees are considered as vehicle registration and tickets, either past or current. Award amount cannot exceed $750, applicants may only apply once.
  5. College students who receive student aid, will receive a stipend for books.
  6. Minors are considered, 17 and younger.
  7. For Seniors- we will accept a copy of ID – for age verification.
  8. Those approved can apply to the fund a total of two times; a second relief request can be made three months after the initial relief payment; assuming funds are still available.

If you need further assistance, please call Cymone Goree at (510) 237-6459 ext. 1602 or cymone@eastbaynhs.org.

FY 2022 Income Limits for RRF

Persons in Household12345678
Very Low Income50,00057,15064,30071,40077,15082,85088,55094,250
Extremely Low Income30,00034,30038,60042,85046,30049,75053,15056,600
Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. (510) 237-6459 info@eastbaynhs.org
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