In a significant development for certain Americans, the Recovery Action Fund for Tomorrow (RAFT) has initiated a one-time direct payment of $4,000 to its previous applicants. This move is aimed at providing financial assistance to families and seniors who are facing economic hardships.
Eligibility for this payment is primarily focused on families with children under 18 and seniors aged 55 and above. A key criterion for qualification was residing in one of the 39 Health Equity zip codes in San Diego County, with household earnings at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). The application process, which concluded in May, employed a lottery system to select recipients. These selected individuals were grouped into cohorts, determining the timing of their payment receipt.
The distribution of these funds commenced in June, with different cohorts receiving payments at varying times. The most recent disbursement began on December 14. Recipients were chosen based on the contact information provided during the application process, including phone numbers and email addresses. Additionally, they were required to submit documents verifying their identity, residence, and income.
Upon successful verification, applicants were invited to attend a program orientation. The awarded funds are being distributed either via a prepaid debit card sent through mail or available for pickup at designated locations. The RAFT organization has communicated the specifics of orientation, card pickup, and mailing to the recipients.
This initiative by RAFT is not just about providing immediate financial relief but also about connecting recipients with resources for long-term support. It represents a significant effort to assist those at risk of homelessness and to offer flexible funding solutions to the most vulnerable segments of the community in San Diego County.