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We Do Heal.

INTRODUCING OUR 2023 VILLAGE BUILDING COHORT MODEL 

 

APPLICATIONS HAVE CLOSED

Black Resilience Fund is a program of Brown Hope that promotes resilience and healing for Black Multnomah County residents.

 

In 2022, we are transitioning the program to a village building program with a 3-year income guarantee.

 

Eligibility Criteria

  • At least 18 years old

  • Identify as Black, African American, or African

  • Multnomah County resident

  • One applicant per household

 

Priority communities: comprising 30–40% of selected program participants, correlated with the income thresholds

  • Formerly incarcerated

  • Single parent

  • Minimum and low wage workers (within $2 of Portland’s minimum wage)

  • Foster care alumni

 

Monthly Payment Rates

  • $1,000 a month for adults

  • $1,500 for adults with 1 or 2 children

  • $2,000 for adults with 3 or more children

 

Income Thresholds: This 3-tier threshold is made specifically to support families in response to the annual cost of childcare. (approx. $10,000 a year)

  • $47,565 (3.5x the federal poverty line) for a household of 1 or 2 adults

  • $61,155 (4.5x the federal poverty line) for a single parent household, or household of 3

  • $74,745 (5.5x the federal poverty line) for a household of 4 or more

Program Duration

  • 3 Year, rolling program

 

Funding Model

This is a community funded program, meaning donations primarily come from individual donors and small local businesses. Thus, the number of selected participants will directly correlate with dollars raised for Black Resilience Fund.

 

Selection Process

Black Resilience Fund will engage in a public application process for Multnomah County residents, screening applicants based on application responses and selected interviews. 

Timeline

 

May 31st

Announce BRF as a Basic Income program

 

June 1– June 30

Juneteenth Fundraising Campaign

 

August 1

Application Process Opens​

 

August 15th

Applications Close​

 

September - October

Selection Process

 

1st Week of November

Final Application Selection​

 

1st Week of December

Orientation and Program Launch​

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

Folks who are at least 18 years old Identify as Black, African American, or African Multnomah County resident. One applicant per household

  • HOW IS THIS PROGRAM FUNDED?

This is a community funded program, meaning donations primarily come from individual donors and small local businesses. Thus, the number of selected participants will directly correlate with dollars raised for Black Resilience Fund.

  • WHEN CAN I APPLY?

Applications open on August 1st and end August 15th.

  • HOW LONG IS THE SCREENING PROCESS?

From September-October. Final application selections on the 1st week of November.

  • IS THIS INCOME INCOME?

No, it is not taxable income and won’t impact assistance programs.

  • HOW WILL I BE PAID?

Direct Deposit or Prepaid Debit Card.

  • WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE DURING THE APPLICATION PROCESS?

If applicants have barriers to essay writing during the second round of applications, BRF is willing to schedule volunteers to interview and write on behalf of applicants, as much as the resource is available.

  • CAN I APPLY IF I HAVE ROOMMATES/AM UNEMPLOYED?

Yes. You would apply as an individual separate from the household income. As long as the resident physically lives in Multnomah county.

  • ANY SPECIFIC IDENTIFICATION REQUIRED?

Name and contact information are needed, but no documentation is needed at this particular stage of the application.