Q: How are housing assistance grants awarded to recipients?
A: RRF works with State and Local Associations to disburse funds to the individuals/families that need it the most. All grants are contingent upon the availability of funds. Relief assistance is limited to a maximum amount per applicant per household, assessed at the onset of each disaster. Aid is restricted to housing relief only, and grants are jointly payable to the applicant and mortgage lender or landlord.
Q: How much does the RRF currently disburse in assistance each year?
A: While major disasters occur across the globe with alarming frequency, the number of disasters each year and the extent of the damage they cause differ significantly. On average, RRF has disbursed roughly $1.7 million annually in housing-related assistance for disaster victims.
Q: Why are RRF reserve dollars necessary?
A: Building a reserve is necessary to ensure RRF’s ability to respond immediately to families impacted by major natural disasters. Current fundraising operations are subject to unpredictable fluctuations reflecting the state of the economy or unforeseen setbacks like the COVID-19 pandemic. Normalizing RRF appeal outreach will provide a more consistent and reliable source of funds and is a cornerstone of the RRF’s vision to “never have to say no” to families in need.
Q: Will RRF continue to appeal for support following disasters?
A: Yes. As reserve dollars are spent to provide housing assistance for disaster victims, contributions will be needed to replenish the reserve and provide additional disaster-specific aid in the wake of severe catastrophes.