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Nearly $600,000 in assistance distributed for Hurricane Matthew damage

Hundreds of Duval County applicants could still receive funds

Huge Magnolia tree crashes down on Jacksonville's Westside (Photo courtesy: Wayne Durban)
Huge Magnolia tree crashes down on Jacksonville's Westside (Photo courtesy: Wayne Durban)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Nearly $600,000 have been distributed to Duval County applicants who were affected by Hurricane Matthew. More could be on the way.

A total of 1,077 unduplicated applicants requested assistance. Of those, 118 were denied due to income, property values and other disqualifying factors. Among the applications in the approval and distribution stage, 125 cases have been granted $597,596.92, according to the city of Jacksonville. The most common areas applying for assistance are the 32208 and 32209 ZIP codes. Both are Northside ZIP codes with over 140 applicants in each zip code.

Only 18 applications came from Jacksonville Beach ZIP codes, all from 32250.

Final requests for documentation were sent out to 834 applicants on Friday. Those applicants have until Feb. 28 to provide the outstanding documentation as the Disaster Assistance Program will close.

The money comes from the State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) program, which 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 serve very low, low and moderate income families.