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Jax Reopens Emergency Rental Assistance Program With Plans to Distribute $10M

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry
SHANNON LEDUKE / WJCT
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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry's Office announced the Emergency Rental Assistance Program would reopen Friday morning.

The City of Jacksonville is reopening its Emergency Rental Assistance Program Friday morning, with approximately $10 million in federal funds left to distribute to at-risk households 

The city said the program, which is administered by JEA and the United Way of Northeast Florida, has distributed over $15 million since June.

The portal will go online Friday morning at 8, allowing eligible Duval residents to apply for up to 12 months worth of rent and utility payments, with the possibility of an additional three months in certain circumstances.

Applications will be accepted until all the funds have been distributed, according to Mayor Lenny Curry’s office.

Federal guidelines require qualifying household to have income below 80% of the median income for that area:

  • One person                           $42,000    
  • Two people                           $48,000     
  • Three people                        $54,000       
  • Four people                           $60,000       
  • Five people                           $64,800       
  • Six people                             $69,600       
  • Seven people                       $74,400   
  • Eight people                          $79,200

In addition to income requirements, one or more residents in a household must qualify for unemployment benefits or have experienced a reduction in income due to COVID, and must demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.

The program is only available to renters, not homeowners, with a primary residence in Duval County.

 

 

Raymon Troncoso can be reached at rtroncoso@wjct.org, 904-358-6319 or on Twitter at @RayTroncoso.