Housing and Community Development Division
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 the Jacksonville community through public and private partnerships. It also fosters community development and resident involvement in neighborhoods and administers the Northwest Jacksonville Economic Development Fund (NWJEDF).
The division consists of Housing Services and Community Development in addition to providing staff support to the Neighborhoods Initiative Team and the Jacksonville Housing Finance Authority. An 11-member Commission provides policy guidance to the division.
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.
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.
The Neighborhoods Initiative Team administers the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), which assists in the redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed properties and the Northwest Economic Development Trust Fund (NWJEDF), which provides capital for project development within the Northwest Jacksonville area. In addition, the team coordinates the activities of the Neighborhoods' staff, which works as a liaison between city government and local communities (including Citizen Planning Advisory Committees (CPACs), neighborhood organizations, local businesses, educational Institutions and residents) to make sure the needs of the community are being met and that neighborhoods maintain and/or improve the current standard of living.
The Jacksonville Housing Finance Authority, which is supported by the Housing and Community Development Division, was established under ordinance 2002-1314-E in compliance with Florida Statutes 159.601. The JHFA was created for the purpose of addressing affordable housing needs in the city of Jacksonville by stimulating the construction and rehabilitation of housing through the use of public financing. The JHFA is empowered to alleviate the shortage of affordable residential housing and to provide capital for investment in such facilities for low, moderate or middle income families and persons anywhere within the city of Jacksonville through the issuance of its revenue bonds.
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Elaine D. Spencer, Chief