Jacksonville has reopened its housing assistance program.Jacksonville has reopened its housing assistance program.
Jacksonville has reopened its housing assistance program.

Jacksonville reopens roofing assistance program

Published on May 30, 2024 at 2:49 pm

Jacksonville’s Home Roof Rehabilitation Program returned as of Thursday, meaning eligible residents can apply for nearly $15,000 to fix their homes’ roofs.

The $955,000 for the program comes from the city’s General Fund, funneled through the Housing and Community Development Division of the Neighborhoods Department. The money was part of task force programs recommended by the mayor’s transition committees and passed by City Council in December.

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In mid-January, so many homeowners applied for the first wave of the program that the waiting list was filled in just over 70 minutes. Demand remains high this time, but city spokesman Phil Perry told Jacksonville Today the city does not expect the waiting list to fill up so quickly this time.

“We have added some verification checks to the initial application process to confirm eligibility on the first step,” Perry said in an email Thursday. “We can’t guarantee a set day or time for when the list will be filled again, but we are confident that won’t be today.”

Applicants must own and occupy the property to be rehabilitated and must be up to date on their mortgage and property taxes. They must provide a proof-of-insurance letter or an insurance company roof exclusion notice demanding roof replacement or repairs.

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Owners must have a gross annual household income at or below 80% of the area median income for Jacksonville, adjusted for household size, including income from all household members.

The limit amounts to $77,840 for a family of four in Duval County, according to the Florida Housing Data Clearinghouse.

The maximum amount available for each home is $14,999. But if the roof replacement exceeds the maximum amount, the homeowner can pay the difference, city officials said.

So far, the program has helped 31 families: 10 with roofs completed, nine in progress and 12 going through the application process.

Applicants can apply via the MyJax portal at myjax.custhelp.com, or by calling (904) 255-2489(CITY), and ask for the Home Roof program.


author image Reporter, WJCT News 89.9 Dan Scanlan is a veteran journalist with almost 40 years of experience in radio, television, and print reporting. He has worked at various stations in the Northeast and Jacksonville. Prior to joining the WJCT News team, Dan spent 34 years at The Florida Times-Union as a police and current affairs reporter.
author image Reporter, WJCT News 89.9 Dan Scanlan is a veteran journalist with almost 40 years of experience in radio, television, and print reporting. He has worked at various stations in the Northeast and Jacksonville. Prior to joining the WJCT News team, Dan spent 34 years at The Florida Times-Union as a police and current affairs reporter.

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