PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - The Portland Housing Bureau is no longer accepting applications for a program launched to provide help for people struggling from the health and economic impacts of COVID-19, but it will again soon.
The Household Assistance Program was announced on Oct. 23. It's worth $15 million and will help 27,000 people living in Portland, officials said.
The program provided help in the form of a one-time payment of $500, which would ideally be used to help cover basic expenses, including food, medicine, dependent care, transportation, and rent and utilities, according to officials.
The bureau on Tuesday closed the application form and said it's limit had been reached. The form will reopen on Friday at 1 p.m. and will be available online here.
The 1,400 $500 cards that were applied for online on Tuesday were a small number of those being distributed to those who qualify, officials said. The next 1,400 that can be applied for Friday is the second half of a group of 2,800 being distributed online. That accounts for only $1,380,000 of the $15 million that’s going out in the form of $500 cards.
The remaining cards are being distributed to those already identified as qualifying through some 35 service providers/organizations, with $2 million being provided to people who are homeless.
To qualify, applicants need to be at least 18 years old, live in Portland, and have experienced a loss of income or an elevated health risk because of the pandemic. That person's household income also has to be at or below 80 percent of the area median income.
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