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HAMILTON CARES FOR BUSINESS

The COVID-19 crisis forced the Hamilton County business community to confront immense challenges.  Small business owners are facing highly difficult circumstances.

The Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners approved the Business Grants Program on August 04, 2020 to assist businesses hardest hit by COVID-19. 

The Business Grants Program uses a portion of the County’s allocation from the federal CARES Act approved by Congress.  The Board will dedicate $180 thousand toward businesses with 100 or fewer employees.

Qualified Businesses can receive up to $5,000.

APPLICATION LAUNCH DATE TUESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2020 and END on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2020 OR ALLOCATED FUNDS ARE EXHAUSTED

You can only apply for assistance to cover coronavirus-related costs that have not already been paid for by insurance or by another federal program.

How it works

Applications are available at the Hamilton County Coordinator’s Office located in the Hamilton County Courthouse Annex (old High School), download; complete on-line or have an application email to you by requesting it at hamiltoncares@hamiltoneoc.com. 

Applications will be processed from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday. The program is first come, first qualified.

Assistance is available on Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM by calling 386-855-3608 or 386-855-3609 or email hamiltoncares@hamiltoneoc.com.

Please note: Assistance requests will be processed as quickly as possible. Due to the widespread impact of the pandemic on our local community, we anticipate a high volume of requests. Please do not call to check on the status of your request as this will slow down our process of approving and distributing assistance.  

Important!

  Due to the widespread impact of the pandemic on our local community, the County anticipates a high volume of questions. 

 We provide a significant amount of information– please make sure you read all available materials before reaching out directly. 

Help for Individuals & Families Affected By COVID-19

This program is not for businesses!

APPLICATION LAUNCH DATE TUESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2020 and END on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2020 OR ALLOCATED FUNDS ARE EXHAUSTED

HAMILTON Cares for Families

The Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners approved the Human Services Program on August 04, 2020 to assist families hardest hit by COVID-19.

The Human Services uses a portion of the County’s allocation from the federal CARES Act approved by Congress. The Board will dedicate $180 thousand toward Hamilton County families.

What Are the HAMILTON Cares Funds?

If you lost a job or significant income due to impacts from the pandemic, you may qualify for financial assistance up to $2,000 per household to pay for rent, mortgage or utility payments during the period starting March 1, 2020.

This fund helps Hamilton County individuals and families affected financially by the COVID-19 pandemic to help with a one-time payment to maintain housing.

You can only apply for assistance to cover coronavirus-related costs that have not already been paid for by insurance or by another federal program.

The HAMILTON Cares Fund was established by the Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners allocated from the CARES Act.

How it works

Applications are available at the Hamilton County Coordinator’s Office located in the Hamilton County Courthouse Annex (old High School), download or complete on-line or have an application email to you by requesting it at hamiltoncares@hamiltoneoc.com. 

Applications will be processed from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday. The program is first come, first qualified.

Assistance is available on Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM by calling 386-855-3608 or 386-855-3609 or email hamiltoncares@hamiltoneoc.com . Call volumes will be higher than usual during the application window. Once your signed forms and residency documentation have been received, you will get a message confirming the status of your application.  Upon approval, all payments will go directly to the eligible utility, mortgage lender or landlord. You WILL NOT receive a direct payment.

Please note: Assistance requests will be processed as quickly as possible. Due to the widespread impact of the pandemic on our local community, we anticipate a high volume of requests. Please do not call to check on the status of your request as this will slow down our process of approving and distributing assistance.  

HAMILTON Cares Funds FAQ

What Expenses Can I Get Help With?  

This fund helps items to keep you housed and employed. This fund may provide the following assistance:

  • Rent payment
  • Mortgage payment
  • Electric payment

What Documents Will I Need to Submit?

You will be required to submit documents that verify your:

  • US Citizenship
  • Hamilton County Residency
  • Sign an attestation that your income loss is due to COVID-19 with assets under $10,000
  • Showing past-due amount on your utility bills or mortgage bill
  • For rent assistance:
    • Late Notice with the total amount due
    • The first page of the lease
    • Completed W9 from the landlord

All documents must have the same name and identifying information across all the documents to receive assistance.

There are similar documents in each category below, you only need to provide one copy of the document to be used for each category above. For example, a social security card can be used for citizenship and identification. Also, a valid driver’s license can be used for identification and residency requirements.

Submit copies of the following documents below:

  1. Proof of US Citizenship (One from below)
    • Current Hamilton County Driver’s License with Real ID Star
    • US social security card
    • US birth certificate
    • Valid & current U.S. passport
    • Certificate of Naturalization
    • “Green card” INS forms I-151 or I-551. 
  2. Proof of Hamilton County Residency (One from below)
    • Current Hamilton County Driver’s License or State Identification showing a Hamilton County address
    • Mortgage documents, rental lease, rent receipts or letter from a landlord or property owner
    • Proof of Homestead Exemption
    • Recent water, electric, gas, telephone, cable television or other utility bills in the name of the applicant indicating a current address within Hamilton County
    • Vehicle registration in the name of the applicant indicating an address within Hamilton County
    • Hamilton County Voter Identification card
    • Bank, credit union, or a similar statement indicating a home address in Hamilton County
  3. Past Due Mortgage or Utility Bills (All from below)
    • PDF of the utility late/overdue bills (water, and/or electricity, )
    • PDF of the mortgage statement
  4. Past Due Rent Bills (All from below)
    • Eviction notice or late notice listing the amount past due and a copy of the lease.
    • If the applicant receives Section 8 Tenant-Based Assistance, a Housing Assistance Payment Contract (HAP Contract) is required in addition to the lease agreement.
    • The first page of the lease.
    • W9 from the landlord for payment

SHIPP (CRF) Coronavirus Relief Fund

This program is not for businesses!

HAMILTON COUNTY has received funding in the amount of $175,000 from the State Housing Initiative Partnership Program (SHIPP)

APPLICATION LAUNCH DATE TUESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2020 and END on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2020 OR UNTIL ALLOCATED FUNDS ARE EXHAUSTED

FIRST COME FIRST QUALIFY

What Are the SHIP (CRF) Coronavirus Relief Funds for?

If you lost a job or significant income due to impacts from the pandemic, you may qualify for financial assistance for mortgage payments and buy downs, assistance for insurance deductibles, foreclosure prevention or emergency home repairs during the period starting March 1, 2020.

You can only apply for assistance to cover coronavirus-related costs (directly or indirectly) that have not already been paid for by insurance or by another federal program.

How it works:

Applications are available at the Hamilton County Coordinator’s Office located in the Hamilton County Courthouse Annex (old High School), 1153 US Hwy 41 NW, Suite 2, Jasper. You may also request an application be emailed in pdf format.

Applications will be processed on a daily basis and is first come first qualified.

Assistance is available Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM by calling 386-855-2950 or for general questions 386-792-6639. If your call is not answered, please leave a brief message and the nature of your call and it will be returned.

Upon approval of your application, all payments will go directly to the eligible insurance, mortgage lender. You WILL NOT receive a direct payment. If you are applying for emergency repairs, your home will be evaluated and bid out to the appropriate contractor for assistance. The contractor will be payed directly for the repairs.

Please note: Assistance requests will be processed as quickly as possible. Due to the widespread impact of the pandemic on our local community, we anticipate a high volume of requests. Please do not call to check on the status of your request as this will slow down our process of approving and distributing assistance.  

What Documents Will I Need to Submit?

All required documents are attached to the application for assistance. If your total household income is less than shown below, you qualify for the program.

Total Household Income:

1 person
$44,400

2 persons
$50,760

3 persons
$57,120 

4 persons
$63,360

5 persons
$68,520


Emergency Management

Hamilton County, Florida
1133 US 41 N.W. Suite 1
Jasper, FL 32052
Phone: (386) 792-6647 
Fax: (386) 792-6648 
hamiltoncares@hamiltoneoc.com

Board of County Commissioners 
Louie Goodin, County Coordinator

Hamilton County, Florida
1153 US Hwy 41 NW, Suite 2
Jasper, FL 32052
Phone: (386) 792-6639
Fax: (386) 792-6808
hamiltoncounty@windstream.net