City offers relief funds to individuals in need.
The city of Austin is offering $10 million in Relief in a State of Emergency funds to individuals in Austin and Travis County through RISE 2.0.
While the original RISE funds were distributed to social services agencies, RISE 2.0 funds will be distributed directly to individuals who apply and are chosen through a randomized selection process. Chosen applicants will receive $2,000 per household.
RISE 2.0 funds come after the original $15 million of RISE funds were awarded to 20 nonprofits and social services agencies in May and June. Most of the funds distributed to the original 20 agencies have been exhausted.
Those eligible must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty level, a resident of Austin or Travis County, ages 18 or older, experiencing hardship due to COVID-19 and have not received other financial assistance in the past 30 days.
Applications will be available starting Sept. 14 by calling the phone bank at 512-714-6950 or by visiting fund.uptogether.org/rise2. Applications must be submitted by 7 p.m. Sept. 21.