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Homeowners hit by Hurricane Irma know that clean-up can be daunting and repair costs out of reach.

The county's affordable housing assistance program known as SHIP has grant funding available for homeowners who need to make repairs related to Hurricane Irma. Cleaning wet rugs may qualify.

Need to clean or remove wet rugs? That service, among other repairs, may qualify for a grant program that is offering up to $5,000 for qualified low-income applicants. Call the County Manager’s office for details about the SHIP disaster relief program at (904) 530-6020.

A disaster relief program approved by the state may offer financial help to low-income homeowners in Nassau County who need to make immediate repairs to their homes related to the storm.

According to the county manager’s office, homeowners may qualify for up to $5,000 in grant money through the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) program, an affordable housing assistance program.

“It’s money to help families make their homes livable,” said Nassau’s SHIP coordinator Carol Gilchrist by phone Wednesday. “Like if you had a hole in your roof from the storm and need to make repairs.”

In a news announcement, Ms. Gilchrist said the grant funds may be used for a variety of efforts, such as tree removal, roof repairs, cleaning services to extract water, boarding broken windows, and payment of insurance deductibles.

Ms. Gilchrist said the funding is reserved for people with low and very-low income and is not open to owners of mobile homes or rental properties.

There are income guidelines and a deadline to apply for funding. According to the announcement, the state approved the disaster relief program on Sept. 4 and it expires in six months from this date.

Request an application Contact the SHIP office within the County Manager’s office at (904) 530-6020. Applicants will be required to complete a Disaster Self Certification form and SHIP application. Income documentation must also be provided.

Income Limits According to the announcement, the annual household income must be equal to or less than 80 percent of the area median income. For information, visit: http://nassaucountyfl.com/index.aspx?nid=179

The announcement provided information about annual income limits:

One Person Household, the limit is: $36,050

Two Person Household, the limit is: $41,200

Three Person Household, the limit is: $46,350

Four Person Household, the limit is: $51,500

Five Person Household, the limit is: $55,650

Six Person Household, the limit is: $59,750

Seven Person Household, the limit is: $63,900

Eight Person Household, the annual limit is $68,000