Emergency Repair Program, providing Energy Conservation and Accessibility Retro-fits
This program provides emergency home repair services to low-income and elderly single-family homeowners in need of assistance through a combination of staff, subcontracting, self-help, and volunteers from local businesses and social service agencies. Community participation helps reduce program costs. Volunteer recruitment and supervision are ongoing aspects of the program. The SJHP has a policy of working with any volunteer group to maximize impact and leverage additional resources whenever possible.
Weatherization Assistance Program:
The Weatherization Assistance Program provides energy-efficiency improvements to homeowners in both St. Johns & Clay Counties. The repairs are part of an increased focus on building performance that reduces energy consumption and improves indoor air quality.
The State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program (SHIP) provides funds to local governments as an incentive to create partnerships that produce and preserve affordable homeownership and multifamily housing. The program was designed to provide very low, low and moderate income families with assistance to purchase a home, money to repair or replace a home and many other types of housing assistance.
In Clay and St. Johns County, SHIP funds provide home repair services to eligible residents. In Clay, SHIP funds are managed by the Clay Housing and Finance Authority (HFA). Call 904-278-8006 for more information. In St. Johns, The St. Johns Housing Partnership receives SHIP funds from SJC Housing and Community Services to target residents who need major repairs in order to remain safely in their homes. The funding helps replace roofing, plumbing and dangerous, outdated electrical systems. The funds also help with accessibility measures such as widening doorways, building ramps, repairing flooring that causes trip hazards, installing grab bars in bathrooms and making showers accessible.
For 2014-2015, Florida State Legislature has set aside 20% of the SHIP funds to prioritize assisting the developmentally disabled members of the community
There is a growing need to help current homeowners; especially seniors remain living safely and independently in their own homes. Every year, SHIP funds must be approved by the Florida Legislature. The Sadowski Coalition is a statewide effort to support and expand SHIP funding and program services.
By delivering funding resources for affordable housing in their community, members are also stimulating their local economy. For every $1 million dollars invested in AHP, $14.3 million of housing is constructed or rehabilitated and 158 jobs are created. That means new potential customers and increased goodwill for member institutions and a thriving community.
The Veterans and Returning Veterans Rehabilitation Products provide funding for energy efficient and accessibility improvements to a home owned by veterans or active-duty members of any branch of the U.S. military, or their surviving spouses.
The St. Johns Housing Partnership currently partners with BB&T to apply for FHLB funds and is hoping to find other opportunities to work with additional member banks to continue to reach out into our community and assist military veterans with accessible, safe and energy-efficient home repairs.
For more information or to find out if you qualify, call the St. Johns Housing Partnership at call 824-0902.