In order to assist people who are having financial difficulties, the city of Jacksonville, Florida, said on Monday, it still has more than $3 million in its Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
Early Wednesday, Floridians who have missed rent or utility payments due to a loss of income caused by the pandemic can request assistance. It’s essential to move quickly because applications will only be accepted through 5 pm on 5 December.
Residents may submit an application online or by texting APPLY to 211904.
Families are eligible for help for a maximum of 12 months of past-due rents and/or utility payments.
According to Chiquita Moore- Director of Operations for the Neighborhoods Department in Jacksonville, 15,000 families have already received between $3,500 and $4,000, reported by News4Jax.
Eligibility for Direct Payments
Only people who live in Duval county are eligible for this program. To be eligible to claim the funds, one or more members of a family must fulfill the following conditions:
- Suffered a considerable financial loss or were eligible for unemployment as a direct or indirect result of COVID-19,
- Risk of being homeless or having housing problems like unpaid rent or utilities, getting an eviction notice, or living in unsafe or unhygienic conditions,
- The household’s income is not higher than 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI).
The property must be the applicant’s primary residence, and the lease must be in their name.
Families with earnings at or below 50% of the AMI or with at least one member who has been unemployed for at least 90 days will be given priority. Each family is limited to one application for assistance.
More Support Across the Country
Several states are providing assistance to citizens who are short on money during the holiday season. Thousands of families are receiving $500 bonus payments from the Tennessee Department of Human Services.
The incentive, which will arrive in time for Christmas, will be available to those taking part in the state’s Families First Program (FFP), previously known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).