Journeyman Group, which builds apartment buildings and senior assisted living facilities around Austin, has created a $300,000 fund to help families who have been struggling financially during the coronavirus pandemic.


It is hoping to give 2,000 families a check for $150 each, with the hope that they will use it to get through this difficult time, and then in better times, they will pay it forward.


It recommends giving to groups like Lifeworks, which helps young adults in transitions, and Foundation Communities, which helps house folks living in poverty.


Families can apply at journeymanvirusrelief.com. Journeyman Group uses a secure server to vet the information, which includes providing driver’s license information or state-issued ID. To qualify, people have to be 18 years old or older; live in Travis, Williamson, Bastrop or Hays counties; and provide proof of their name and address such as a utility bill, voter registration card or library card.


They also have to write a statement of how the funds will be used.


As of Thursday, journeyman group has given $150 to 686 people. The checks are mailed within four days of receiving the request, they said.


"Our hope with this program is that we can help families who may need immediate assistance to put food on the table and purchase other basic necessities," said Sam Kumar, Journeyman Group president, in a press release. "We’re able to make this substantial donation because we’ve been blessed to build new homes for thousands of people in and around Austin. We want to support our community during this really challenging time."