Minor Auto Repair Program

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The Minor Auto Repair Program offers income-eligible households with small repairs such as batteries, tires, water hoses, brakes, engine belts, etc. Repairs must be needed to maintain employment, secondary education/training or for ongoing health care (routine appointments not eligible). Proof of ownership and auto insurance are required. Assistance based on available funding. Other verifying documentation may be required.

Applicants must

  • Live in St. Lucie County.
  • Complete an intake application to confirm eligibility. 
  • Be able to provide documentation of need: work and/or school schedule, ongoing medical issues, household bills, etc. . .

Income eligibility is based on household size. A household is defined as all individuals residing at the same address. Income guidelines below: 

Household Members

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Income Limit

$15,175

$20,575

$25,975

$31,375

$36,775

$42,175

$47,575

$52,975

 

St. Lucie County residents interested in receiving assistance should complete the questionnaire below or contact Community Services at 772-462-1777, press 0, to complete a prescreen.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of repairs are eligible for assistance? 

Only small repairs such as batteries, tires, water hoses, brakes, engine belts, etc. are eligible for financial assistance. Any repairs over $500 will not be considered unless the household can pay for the difference of the repair. At least two estimates from licensed auto repair companies are required.

What is considered ongoing health care?

Appointments for medical services such as dialysis or cancer treatment, which requires two or more weekly visits for the same health care need, are eligible. Verifying documentation required.

Doctors’ appointments for ROUTINE health care such as blood work, physicals, eye care, dental care, etc. are NOT eligible.

What are the eligibility requirements?

Applicants must currently reside in St. Lucie County and need repairs to maintain employment, education/training, or ongoing health care. Applicants MUST have proof of ownership and car insurance. Only small repairs, $500 or less, such as batteries, tires, water hoses, brakes, engine belts, etc. are eligible for financial assistance.

Income eligibility is based on household size. A household is defined as all individuals residing at the same address. The household income may not exceed 125% of the Federal Poverty Level in order to qualify for assistance. Income guidelines listed above.  

How is income eligibility determined?

Income eligibility is based on household size within the last 30 days. A household is defined as all individuals residing at the same address. Gross income must be used as per grant guidelines. Verifying documentation required.

What is considered income?

The following is considered income per grant guidelines:

  • Money wages and salaries before any deductions;
  • Self-employment wages after deductions for business expenses;
  • Social Security payments;
  • Unemployment;
  • Worker’s compensation;
  • Veteran benefits;
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF);
  • Alimony;
  • Child support;
  • And all other allowable sources of income as determined by the grant guidelines.

Verifying documentation required.

What documents are required?

The following documents must be provided at the time of appointment:

  • Picture ID for all adults in the household 18 or older
  • Social Security Cards for all in household
  • Birth Certificates for all children in the household under 18
  • Proof of all household income for prior 30 days
  • Proof of St. Lucie County residency such as lease or utility bill
  • Valid driver’s license for applicant
  • Proof of active Florida registration
  • Proof of active auto insurance
  • Proof of employment OR ongoing medical care for last 30 days
  • Auto shop business license insurance
  • Two separate quotes for repair

Additional documents may be requested including but not limited to bank statements, custody documentation, household bills, etc. 

 How is this program funded?

The Human Services Division receives the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) from the State of Florida, Department of Economic Opportunity. These funds aim to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in communities and help promote self-sufficiency.

 

Minor Auto Repair Questionnaire

 

Please correct the field(s) marked in red below:

1
Please provide your contact information.
 *
Please provide your contact information.
2
How did you hear about our program? 
 *
How did you hear about our program?
3

How many individuals are residing at the same address? Please include all children.

 *
4
Please select all forms of income currently being received by all individuals in the household.
 *
Please select all forms of income currently being received by all individuals in the household.
5
What is your household's monthly gross income? Ex. 771
 *
6
Do you have an active registration on the vehicle needing repaired?
 *
Do you have an active registration on the vehicle needing repaired?
7
Do you have active auto insurance on the vehicle needing repaired?
 *
Do you have active auto insurance on the vehicle needing repaired?
8
Are there any other vehicles in the home? 
 *
Are there any other vehicles in the home?
9

Is the service required for one of the following:

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Is the service required for one of the following:
10
If assistance is needed for ongoing health care, do you have two or more weekly doctor appointments for the same health care need?
If assistance is needed for ongoing health care, do you have two or more weekly doctor appointments for the same health care need?
11

Please indicate the type of repair(s) you are seeking: 

 *
Please indicate the type of repair(s) you are seeking:
12
Do you have at least one current quote for the repair?
 *
Do you have at least one current quote for the repair?
13
If so, how much? Ex. 300.30
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    This program is supported by the US Department of Health and Human Services as part of an award totaling $317,546.