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Here’s help for low-income renters in St. Johns County

Published on November 21, 2023 at 12:55 pm

St. Johns County has launched a new program to help low-income renters cover rent and utility bills.

The county received more than $2 million in federal funding to assist qualified households for up to 18 months.

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Funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to St. Johns residents still experiencing housing instability because of the pandemic’s effects, such as losing a job. Applicants must earn 80% or less of the area median income, which means a maximum of $70,800 for a four-person household.

Higher priority will be given to households with children or seniors, households with someone who has been unemployed for at least 90 days, those going through eviction proceedings and those making less than 50% of the area median income, or $44,250 for a four-person household.

Tenants and landlords can apply for the assistance here.

Payments will be made directly to landlords or utility companies. Once an application is complete, the program can issue payments within 48 hours, the county said.

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author image Newsletter Writer, Jacksonville Today Heather Henderson is a writer, editor and artist. Originally hailing from South Florida, she has lived in Jax for close to 20 years. Previously a staff writer at Void, she also worked as a global trade researcher and wrote about trade policy for American Shipper. Most recently, she served as assistant editor for the National Culinary Review and We Are Chefs. In her free time she loves to paint, watch bad reality shows and read. She has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of North Florida.
author image Newsletter Writer, Jacksonville Today Heather Henderson is a writer, editor and artist. Originally hailing from South Florida, she has lived in Jax for close to 20 years. Previously a staff writer at Void, she also worked as a global trade researcher and wrote about trade policy for American Shipper. Most recently, she served as assistant editor for the National Culinary Review and We Are Chefs. In her free time she loves to paint, watch bad reality shows and read. She has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of North Florida.