Jacksonville: Relief available for those affected by the partial government shutdown, mayor says

Saying families and retirees are caught in the middle, Jacksonville leaders are highlighting aid available for furloughed federal employees in the city, as the partial government shutdown continues.

If you are in need and can demonstrate that you don’t have sufficient resources, there are small grants available through the City’s Social Services Division. You need to have documentation showing you have been furloughed or are experiencing a stoppage in pay from the federal government. The City says there is more than $500,000 available through these small grants, which are for assistance with rent, mortgage, utilities, and food.

To apply for these small grants, you can contact the COJ Services Division at 904-630-0545.

JEA is offering bill management programs, which include payment plans and payment arrangements. A payment plan is designed to help customers who need a few extra days, and a payment arrangement lets you pay a past due amount over several months.

To determine the best option for you, you can reach JEA customer service at 904-665-6000.

Specifically for Active Duty Coast Guard personnel affected by the shutdown, the City is offering a one-time, interest-free loan of up to $500 through the Military Affairs and Veterans Department Jacksonville Veterans Resource and Reintegration Center. To be eligible, you must be assigned to a base in Duval County or reside in Duval County, and have a Military ID Card. The loan is repaid over six months, after normal pay has resumed.

You can find out more about this loan and other resources by contacting the Jacksonville Military Affairs and Veterans Department at 904-630-3680.

There are several other organizations, including the United Way and USO that can provide relief in various areas.