Households facing an eviction from their home or apartment can get assistance from several Duval County programs. They are administered as part of the homeless prevention services in the region, which also can help a low income family find a new, affordable apartment to live in.
When it comes to these federal government funded program, since the amount of funds and grants available is limited, there is priority given to certain individuals. The assistance is targeted for Jacksonville Florida residents and those across the county that have the highest likelihood to become evicted. It includes the following.
-Duval County families that have successfully “graduated” from transitional housing programs are often first in line for rehousing into a new residence.
-Both free legal aid on housing issues, shelter, and grants to pay for rental or moving costs are available for victims of domestic violence, whether they have children or not.
-Households with children and that are living in a motel or with friends because they cannot afford housing on their own can get help.
-Families that have an eviction notice from their landlord, and that have children on site, may qualify as the program wants to prevent households with children from breaking up.
-Applicants with a referral from Department of Children and Families and that receive cash aid from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) may be given priority.
Keeping people in their current housing, and helping the homeless move into a new property, is a core service offered across Jacksonville Florida. There are three main topics addressed.
Homeless and eviction prevention programs are used to stabilize the tenant's situation. Whether it is a non-profit providing financial aid from emergency solution grants (ESG) or other social services, keeping the family in a Duval County apartment is key.
When it comes to money for preventing the eviction, grants can be provided from HUD, but it is limited. Each year the local agencies are given a certain dollar amount to allocate as they see fit. Some of the uses of the government grant money is as follows.
In many cases, an eviction can be caused by several different issues. Some may be financial in nature, such as unpaid utility bills or rent arrears. Others are problems between landlords and the tenant, and may be things such as lease violations or unsafe housing. No matter the cause, the Duval County charities will try to assist.
In financial aid is not available (as many the money has run out) then there are other methods that can be used to stop an eviction. Case managers, or even lawyers, from a non-profit organization can negotiate payments with landlords. Or they can even call upon utility companies that cover Jacksonville Florida to try to enter the tenant into a payment plan.
Duval County Rehousing programs will also have a few different areas that are addressed. Many families that were evicted move into a shelter first, then into transitional housing. There are centers for homeless women and children as well as veterans. Other non-profits in Jacksonville Florida focus on veterans.
When this is available to a homeless family, it should be thought of a time. A transitional housing site will allow clients to gain the education, save money and acquire job skills needed regain self-sufficiency. Only after this has been done may cash be used to help the person with expenses such as a security deposit or rent in advance payment.
Another use of the grants from ESG is to help struggling tenants move from more expensive apartment to a less expensive home. There are hundreds of families in Duval County that face an eviction because their circumstances have changed and they can no longer afford the rent that the landlord needs. This is when resettlement can help.
Case managers will help the family locate a home to move in. The next step is completing an applications for any financial support in the region, as some grants may be used for lease application fees as well as paying a portion of moving expenses.
Any tenant facing homelessness due to an eviction from their landlord, or Jacksonville families that need a place to live, can dial 904-632-0600 for more information.
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