Resident Aid Fund of Tigard (RAFT)

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The Tigard City Council created the Resident Aid Fund of Tigard (RAFT) for non-profits, faith organizations, agencies or service districts to provide immediate and necessary relief to residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The RAFT program focuses on providing aid to the community’s most vulnerable persons and is part of the city’s ongoing commitment to equity and inclusion. RAFT allocations provide flexible support for a myriad of services that benefit both housed and unhoused Tigard residents and address needs such as:

  • Rent, utility, food, and transportation assistance
  • Shelter services
  • Navigation support for social benefits such as SNAP and unemployment
  • Senior services, nutrition, and medical transport
  • Childcare

Fourteen local community partners applied for the RAFT grants; aiming to expand services and extend aid to residents in their care. A selection committee determined that every proposal met a need reflective of broad demographics within the Tigard community. “It was clear that there is tremendous need in the community right now,” said City of Tigard Mayor, Jason Snider. “The RAFT selection committee had an extremely challenging task in balancing that need against the limited pool of funds and in the end chose seven local non-profits to provide aid to both housed and unhoused Tigard residents.”

RAFT allocations have been awarded to recipients and will be expended by the community organizations beginning immediately. City staff are working with recipients prior to funds disbursement to implement best practices for tracking the use of funds and clients served based on the specific funded programs. The city will receive reports from the grantees on the impact of the program in June with a full report in mid-to-late July. Check out the information below to learn more about the ways each RAFT recipient will support the children, families, and friends that comprise our community.



The seven approved RAFT funding allocations include:


Meals on Wheels - $20,000

Meals on Wheels, an experienced organization focused on serving seniors and aging individuals, will leverage the $20,000 RAFT allocation toward Tigard residents in need of food assistance caused by the current public health emergency. To learn more about the work Meals on Wheels does to positively impact members of the community, visit mowp.org.

Packed with Pride - $20,000

Packed with Pride, a joint partnership between the Tigard-Tualatin Education Association and the Tigard-Tualatin Student Union, is a community effort to provide food boxes to vulnerable children and their families during school closures resulting from COVID-19. Packed with Pride will utilize the $20,000 RAFT allocation to bring healthy, nourishing food to the most impacted families. Visit packed-with-pride-tigard-tualatin.square.site to learn more about Packed with Pride and their influence on positive outcomes for vulnerable and underserved children and families.

Community Partners for Affordable Housing - $7,500

Community Partners for Affordable Housing provides sustainable housing services for families, seniors, and persons with disabilities across Washington County and SW Portland. The $6,000 RAFT allocation will go toward supporting Tigard residents with COVID-19 related benefits navigation and related services. Visit cpahinc.org to learn more about Community Partners for Affordable Housing and it’s work in the Tigard community.

St. Vincent de Paul - $25,000

St. Vincent de Paul will leverage the $25,000 RAFT allocation toward rent and utility assistance for Tigard community residents facing challenges related to the public health emergency. St. Vincent de Paul, a ministry of St. Anthony Catholic Church, connects members of the community experiencing hardship with a myriad of services to lead healthy lives. Visit satigard.org to learn more.

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization - $7,500

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, will utilize the $7,500 RAFT allocation to assist Tigard residents who identify as members of immigrant and refugee communities with benefits navigation and additional time relevant, essential services. Visit irco.org to learn more.

Just Compassion East Washington County - $20,000

Just Compassion East Washington County provides housing and wellness services to Tigard families and community members at risk of experiencing houselessness. Just Compassion will put the $20,000 RAFT allocation toward Tigard residents most impacted by the current public health emergency. To learn more about Just Compassion’s work, visit justcompassionewc.com.



The Tigard City Council created the Resident Aid Fund of Tigard (RAFT) for non-profits, faith organizations, agencies or service districts to provide immediate and necessary relief to residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The RAFT program focuses on providing aid to the community’s most vulnerable persons and is part of the city’s ongoing commitment to equity and inclusion. RAFT allocations provide flexible support for a myriad of services that benefit both housed and unhoused Tigard residents and address needs such as:

  • Rent, utility, food, and transportation assistance
  • Shelter services
  • Navigation support for social benefits such as SNAP and unemployment
  • Senior services, nutrition, and medical transport
  • Childcare

Fourteen local community partners applied for the RAFT grants; aiming to expand services and extend aid to residents in their care. A selection committee determined that every proposal met a need reflective of broad demographics within the Tigard community. “It was clear that there is tremendous need in the community right now,” said City of Tigard Mayor, Jason Snider. “The RAFT selection committee had an extremely challenging task in balancing that need against the limited pool of funds and in the end chose seven local non-profits to provide aid to both housed and unhoused Tigard residents.”

RAFT allocations have been awarded to recipients and will be expended by the community organizations beginning immediately. City staff are working with recipients prior to funds disbursement to implement best practices for tracking the use of funds and clients served based on the specific funded programs. The city will receive reports from the grantees on the impact of the program in June with a full report in mid-to-late July. Check out the information below to learn more about the ways each RAFT recipient will support the children, families, and friends that comprise our community.



The seven approved RAFT funding allocations include:


Meals on Wheels - $20,000

Meals on Wheels, an experienced organization focused on serving seniors and aging individuals, will leverage the $20,000 RAFT allocation toward Tigard residents in need of food assistance caused by the current public health emergency. To learn more about the work Meals on Wheels does to positively impact members of the community, visit mowp.org.

Packed with Pride - $20,000

Packed with Pride, a joint partnership between the Tigard-Tualatin Education Association and the Tigard-Tualatin Student Union, is a community effort to provide food boxes to vulnerable children and their families during school closures resulting from COVID-19. Packed with Pride will utilize the $20,000 RAFT allocation to bring healthy, nourishing food to the most impacted families. Visit packed-with-pride-tigard-tualatin.square.site to learn more about Packed with Pride and their influence on positive outcomes for vulnerable and underserved children and families.

Community Partners for Affordable Housing - $7,500

Community Partners for Affordable Housing provides sustainable housing services for families, seniors, and persons with disabilities across Washington County and SW Portland. The $6,000 RAFT allocation will go toward supporting Tigard residents with COVID-19 related benefits navigation and related services. Visit cpahinc.org to learn more about Community Partners for Affordable Housing and it’s work in the Tigard community.

St. Vincent de Paul - $25,000

St. Vincent de Paul will leverage the $25,000 RAFT allocation toward rent and utility assistance for Tigard community residents facing challenges related to the public health emergency. St. Vincent de Paul, a ministry of St. Anthony Catholic Church, connects members of the community experiencing hardship with a myriad of services to lead healthy lives. Visit satigard.org to learn more.

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization - $7,500

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, will utilize the $7,500 RAFT allocation to assist Tigard residents who identify as members of immigrant and refugee communities with benefits navigation and additional time relevant, essential services. Visit irco.org to learn more.

Just Compassion East Washington County - $20,000

Just Compassion East Washington County provides housing and wellness services to Tigard families and community members at risk of experiencing houselessness. Just Compassion will put the $20,000 RAFT allocation toward Tigard residents most impacted by the current public health emergency. To learn more about Just Compassion’s work, visit justcompassionewc.com.


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    As a family we are looking to make a cash donation to help those in need during this time of hardship. We want the money to go those in need basically in our own backyard directly impacted by the Cover-19 pandemic in recent weeks. Please let us know the best way to direct our donation.

    rocky503 asked 2 months ago

    Hello, thank you for your generous offer to help those in need. We encourage you to check out our Volunteer Tigard page to find a list of opportunities to donate time, materials, and more to our community. We will be adding a number of local charities to our listings there in the coming week.

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    Willl all reports submitted by grantees be available for public review on this site?

    Jon j r asked 3 months ago

    The city will not directly publish the reports on this site, but they will be provided to Council in a future public meeting and will be publicly available. 

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    I am with SVDP in Tigard. We are already providing food assistance and rent/utility assistance and foresee a growing need for this. With this grant, are there parameters about who we can help? Income level? Number of times? Must show impact from Covid (unemployment record)? We have our current parameters, but would like to know if there are additional ones. Thanks.

    Julie Le asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your question. This grant is intended to be flexible and there are not specific parameters for the program priorities and targeted residents other than those identified in the application. The intent is for the applicant to identify the specific immediate needs they see in the community based on their experience, and propose a program to address those needs. The more detail you can provide in your responses about the need and your proposed program, including how you propose to place your own parameters on services provided, the stronger your application will be.

    Let us know if you have any other questions.

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    Good morning! I am the development director for With Love in Tigard. We support foster families with tangible goods, such as formula, diapers, and essential goods. I am trying to determine if our organization qualifies for this grant in any way? We are still helping foster children in Oregon during COVID-19 but unable to take in donations. Our supplies are starting to be come depleted and the state has mentioned that when things return back to "normal" that we are going to have a surge of children placed in foster care. With Love wants to be able to provide items but being able to restock our warehouse. Thanks for your prompt response!

    Krista B. asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your question. The purpose of the RAFT grants are to provide expanded services to impacted community members during the public health emergency. Grant funds must be utilized and all services provided within the 60-day performance period, to ensure that aid reaches the community in a timely fashion. We cannot provide guidance on grant selection, but encourage you to apply if you believe your organization qualifies.

    Let us know if you have any other questions.