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LOWELL — A local non-profit received an additional $1 million in funding from the state to support a program providing short-term assistance to keep people housed.

Community Teamwork, Inc. received $1 million of the $5 million in new, special funding for the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition, or RAFT, program from the state Department of Housing and Community Development. Gov. Charlie Baker announced the funding last week.

“It’s exactly what we were looking for and it’s exactly in the manner we were hoping to get it in,” said Connie Martin, division director of energy and community resources.

The additional funding will be distributed throughout the Merrimack Valley by CTI in partnership with Greater Lawrence Community Action Council and Community Action, Inc. in Haverhill.

CTI was administering $4 million in RAFT funding for this fiscal year prior to the most recent infusion, according to Martin.

These funds are used to help applicants pay back rent, mortgage payments or move-in expenses. The program strives to provide short-term assistance to keep people housed, which is less typically expensive and disruptive than re-housing people who have become homeless, Martin said.

Applicants must meet income eligibility requirements based on the last 30 days. Effectively, Martin said this opens funds up to people who have been laid off in closures related to the pandemic.

“Their 30-day income has already gone down so more and more people would be eligible for it,” she said.

Documentation requirements have also been relaxed, according to Martin.

Since the announcement of these funds, Martin said many people have called CTI at their COVID-19 hotline, 978-654-5607, to inquire or apply. The organization also has an email for Coronavirus response, CovidresponseCTI@commteam.org.

Online applications are available at commteam.org.

Because this is additional funding for an existing program, Martin anticipates a smooth roll-out.

“It already exists,” she said. “There’s no ramp up time. There’s no learning curve.”

She said the state and other sources of funding for CTI has been responsive to the organization’s requests and needs — a trend which she hopes will continue.

“They have been extremely unanimous in saying let us know what your situation is,” she said.