The Housing and Community Development Division manages housing related initiatives on behalf of the City of Jacksonville to ensure the availability of affordable housing to low and moderate income persons within Duval County through public and private partnerships. It helps foster community development and resident involvement in neighborhoods.
The division consists of Housing Services, Community Development and the Neighborhoods Initiatives Team. An eleven-member Commission provides policy guidance to the division. The division also provides staff support to the Jacksonville Housing Finance Authority.
Housing Services is responsible for the administration of federal and state program funding received on behalf of the City of Jacksonville for affordable housing initiatives. This includes the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), which assists in the redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed properties. The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), which assists with the initiative to end homelessness and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), which assists individuals and families infected and/or affected by AIDS.
Community Development administers the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program awarded annually to the City of Jacksonville through the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. CDBG program funds are sub-granted annually to public and private non-profit agencies that are responsible for providing services to low and moderate income persons, developing decent housing, suitable living environment and by expanding economic opportunities.
Neighborhood Initiatives coordinates the activities of the Neighborhood Coordinators, who work with neighborhood organizations and six Citizen Planning Advisory Committees (CPACs). CPACs facilitate communication between city government and local communities, neighborhood organizations, local businesses, educational institutions and residents, to make sure the needs of the community are being met and neighborhoods maintain or improve the current standard of living.
Neighborhood Organizations - Ordinance 1999-358-E, signed into law Feb. 6, 2000, provides that notice of all zoning changes and land use amendments are sent to Citizen Planning Advisory Committees and individual neighborhood associations, groups or organizations registered with the Planning and Development Department (PDD) for comments in their respective planning areas. To register with the PDD, neighborhood groups or associations should fill out this form: Directory Sign-up, Update and Registration Form (Microsoft Word .doc). Use this form to sign up for listing of an organization in the directory, to update an existing listing and to register for notification about rezonings and land use amendments in your neighborhood. If you have questions concerning neighborhood zoning notification registration or for more information, please call (904) 255-8237.
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Diana Seydlorsky, Acting Chief
Housing and Community Development Division
214 N. Hogan St., 3rd Floor
Jacksonville, FL 32202