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Direct Cash Assistance

Program Description

The City of Takoma Park will use State, and Local Recovery Funds (SLRF) received under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to assist residents who were economically impacted by the pandemic through the distribution of grant funds in the form of Direct Cash Assistance. A majority of low- to moderate-income households in the City experience housing cost-burden and may have experienced the inability to pay rent, monthly mortgage payments, or lost employment during this unprecedented period.

The City of Takoma Park Direct Cash Assistance Program will provide a one-time, lump-sum payment per eligible household in the amount of $1,000. The form of the Direct Cash Assistance payment to eligible households may be that of a paper check, electronic deposit to a specified bank account, or a pre-paid debit card. If grant awards are to be executed in person, the City and the contractor will identify safe, secure, and accessible locations, and eligible residents will be notified of these locations. Eligible households are those with incomes of $50,000 or less per year who live in Takoma Park.

The Contractor/Award

Following a comprehensive evaluation process and approval by the City Council on July 27, 2022, the City of Takoma Park has selected LiveStories as the prime contractor for this program. Shepherd’s Table, a local nonprofit organization, will partner with the contractor to conduct marketing and outreach activities. LiveStories was established in 2015 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. The contractor has worked with more than 350 local, state, and federal government agencies as a trusted steward of ARPA, CARES, CDBG, and other funding for programs across the United States. Both LiveStories and Shepherd’s Table have significant experience administering direct assistance programs. LiveStories and Shepherd’s Table will collaborate with the City and local community partners to run effective outreach campaigns, increase program participation, and provide for safe, in-person pick-up of grant funds.

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Application Process

Future announcements will be made to residents regarding the application process and application due dates. Applications will be made available in an electronic, web-based format as well as in paper format. On an as-needed basis, assistance will be available for residents in completing an application. In addition to a completed application, at a minimum, applicants will be asked to provide verification of income that meets the eligibility requirements and proof of residency. Applications will be made available in a variety of languages which will be responsive to the culturally diverse community within the City of Takoma Park.


The Direct Cash Assistance Program will have a maximum duration of 12 months based on the contract award date to be determined. It is anticipated that marketing the program and outreach to Takoma Park residents will begin in September 2022. Applications will be made available in September 2022.

ARPA – Social Services Partnerships Sections