We connect you with those 
in your community who most need assistance

Homelessness assistance programs

FORWARD is a nimble solution that can be adapted to streamline any assistance program. Homelessness assistance programs cover a wide breadth of services from case management to capacity building.

  • FORWARD is helping Washington State Department of Commerce award $51M in stipends to low-income homeless service provider employees.
  • FORWARD is helping Thurston County, WA administer $1M in housing and case management assistance to low-income adults.

Immigrant assistance programs

FORWARD provides a community-centric approach to program administration by creating equitable processes to serve diverse populations. By partnering with community organizations, we break down cultural and language barriers that often keep immigrant and other historically underserved communities from enrolling in assistance programs.

  • FORWARD is helping the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services implement a $300M stipend program for immigrants in the state of Washington who did not receive support from previous COVID relief programs. FORWARD is partnering with community-based partners across Washington State to provide culturally-sensitive and multilingual support.

Direct cash assistance programs

FORWARD helps governments disperse funds to historically underserved communities quickly and securely. Our team will work with you to design eligibility criteria and application processes that prevent fraud while efficiently processing payments to those in need.

  • FORWARD is helping the City of Takoma Park, MD run a direct cash assistance program to support people impacted by COVID-19.

Rental and utilities assistance programs

FORWARD has extensive experience administering rental assistance programs across the nation and can process applications at scale, prevent fraud, securely process payments, and provide reporting that meets Treasury requirements.

  • FORWARD is currently distributing over $2.5 million weekly in rental and utility assistance in Washington, Missouri and California.

  • FORWARD helped the City and County of St. Louis distribute $6.4 million in the first 3 weeks of the program.

  • With support from FORWARD, the City of Spokane was the only jurisdiction in Washington state that successfully distributed 100% of its ERA1 funding, according to the October 2021 U.S. Department of the Treasury ERA1 Interim Report.

Incentive programs

The FORWARD Platform incorporates all the components of program administration into one solution, making it easy to manage complex incentive programs. These types of programs often require extensive management of the incentive lifecycle, including prepaid card generation, distribution, redemption, reimbursement, and fraud controls.

  • FORWARD is helping the City of Mountain View design and implement a $100K incentive program which provides prepaid cards for low to moderate income individuals to use towards the purchase of an e-bike.

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What challenges are you facing in getting assistance to individuals or businesses in your community? Let’s work together to build an effective, equitable program.