Ship funds available to aid in disaster relief for low-income families

(904) 530-6020
October 9, 2017 10:30 a.m.

Executive Order Number 17-235 was issued by Governor Rick Scott on September 4, 2017, due to threats related to Hurricane Irma. The Executive Order allows local government to use unencumbered State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) funds to carry out activities related to disaster relief. (Florida Administrative Code, 67-37.005(9)) This State of Emergency shall expire 6 months from the date of this order.

Nassau County citizens in need of emergency assistance for damages related to Hurricane Irma could qualify for up to $5,000 in grant funds to be used to protect their home from further damage. Examples include tree removal from home, hiring of a cleaning service to extract water, roof repairs, boarding of broken windows, and payment of insurance deductible. Mobile homes and rental properties are not eligible.

Assistance is only for very-low and low income families. This applies to those with household income equal to or less than 80% of the area median income as shown on the chart below.

Household Size Annual Income Limit
1 $36,050
2 $41,200
3 $46,350
4 $51,500
5 $55,650
6 $59,750
7 $63,900
8 $68,000

Nassau County citizens meeting the above requirements and in need of assistance should contact the Nassau County SHIP Office at (904) 530-6020. Applicants will be required to fill out a Disaster Self Certification Form and a SHIP Application, and must provide income documentation.