Housing & Community Development
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, Foreclosure Property Registry, and the Surplus Property Donation Program. 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.
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 (HUD). 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.
Surplus Property Donation – Ordinance 2015-519, enacted by Council to amend Chapter 122.461 (Public Property - Donation for Residential Housing), provides city-owned parcels for donation to qualified entities, additional criteria for those entities accepting donation of property(-ies), and procedures to evaluate projects for residential affordable housing. The 2018 Surplus Property Donation List is not currently available. Please check back periodically for further updates.
Fair Housing - The Housing and Community Development Division of the Neighborhoods Department administers fair housing in each of its programs and has partnered with the Human Rights Commission to make a collaborative effort to ensure human rights and fair housing for all citizens of Jacksonville. Click here for more information about fair housing.
NOTICE TO PUBLIC
Draft of Proposed One Year Annual Action Plan
FY October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019
Pursuant to 24 CFR Part 91, et al., the Annual Action Plan for Community Planning and Development Programs, each jurisdiction must submit an Annual Action Plan to Federal HUD at least 45 days prior to the start of its program year as a pre-requisite to receiving funds under the formula grant programs listed below:
Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) - $6,323,471 – Funds provide for neighborhood revitalization and affordable housing programs, i.e., construction or reconstruction of infrastructure and public facilities, housing rehabilitation and public services. At least 70 percent of funds must directly benefit persons whose income does not exceed 80 percent of median family income guidelines.
HOME Investment Partnerships Program (H2H) - $3,210,204 – Funds activities designed to expand the supply of safe and affordable housing. Includes rehabilitation and construction of rental and ownership housing, down payment and closing assistance for lower-income homebuyers, a Community Housing and Development Organization (CHDO) set-aside of at least (15%) and CHDO operating funds.
Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG) - $509,671 - Funds activities designed to improve quality of existing emergency homeless shelters by providing essential services, operating costs and supporting homeless prevention activities.
Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) - $2,645,991 – Funds housing assistance and supportive services for low-income persons and their families living with HIV/AIDS. Includes housing information services, acquisition, rehabilitation and repair of facilities, new construction, project or tenant-based rental assistance, short-term rent, mortgage and utility payments and support services.
State Housing Initiative Program (SHIP) - $1,294,383 – Funds to local governments as an incentive to create partnerships that produce and preserve affordable homeownership and multifamily housing.
TOTAL FORMULA ALLOCATIONS $13,983,720
Copies of the draft of the City of Jacksonville’s Proposed Annual Action Plan can be found at the following locations:
Housing and Community Development Division
214 N. Hogan Street, 7th floor
Jacksonville Public Library Main Branch
303 N. Laura Street
The Plan will also be available for review online by accessing the following website:
The Annual Action Plan draft will be available for public comment between July 8th and July 31st. Citizens wishing to comment on the draft may do so in writing to Diana Seydlorsky, Chief, Community Development Division, at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 31, 2018.
A public hearing regarding the Proposed Annual Action Plan will be held in Room 721 at the Neighborhoods Department at the above address on Tuesday July 31, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
All citizens are encouraged to participate.
If any non-English speaking persons, or persons with mobility, visual or hearing impairments wish to attend the public hearing and have special needs, please notify the Housing and Community Development Division at 904-255-8200 in advance so accommodations may be made.
NOTICE TO PUBLIC
NOTICE OF HOME REVOLVING LOAN FUNDS PROGRAM APPLICATION PROCESS
The City of Jacksonville’s Neighborhoods Department, Housing and Community Development Division, will have public hearings concerning the 2018 – 2019 HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Revolving Loan Funds (RLF) part of the Jacksonville’s Annual Action Plan.
Developers and citizens are encouraged to attend the public hearings to receive information about the HOME RLF program application process, eligible projects, available funding eligible applicants and the application submission timeline (Fall 2018). Proposals will be accepted from public and private entities and the projects must meet HOME regulations.
All applicants for the HOME RLF program funds will be required to attend a mandatory technical assistance workshop. Locations, dates and times of workshops will be advertised at a later date. Visit our website at www.coj.net and search word “timeline” for more information.
Comments from citizens regarding HOME RLF are welcome and should be submitted in writing to Diana Seydlorsky, Chief, Housing and Community Development Division at email@example.com no later than August 10, 2018.
If any non-English speaking persons or persons with mobility, visual or hearing impairments wish to attend the public hearing and have special needs, please notify the Housing and Community Development Division at 904-255-8200 in advance so that accommodations may be made.
Hurricane Irma Disaster Assistance Program
The Housing and Community Development Division of the Neighborhoods Department manages the Hurricane Irma Disaster Assistance Program.
Eligibility for the program is as follows:
- Up to $12,000 grant
- For homeowners and landlords who provide housing to low-income renters
- Family income must adhere to the amounts noted on the chart in the attached Hurricane Irma Brochure and/or Hurricane Irma Certification Form
- Priority given to elderly and disabled population
- Lowest income to highest income will be considered
- Funds may be used for the purchase of emergency supplies for weather-damaged homes, interim repairs to avoid further damage (tree and debris removal), construction of or repairs to wells where public water is not available, payment of insurance deductibles for rehab to homes
- Security deposit and rental assistance for eligible recipients who were displaced from their homes due to the storm
Additional Eligibility Requires the Submission of the Documentation Noted Below:
- Proof of insurance claim, adjuster’s write-up and/or any correspondence with the insurance company
- Proof of FEMA claim and determination letter
- Two (2) complete written quotes from licensed contractors; including their W-9’s, for any work needed (as a result of Hurricane Irma)
- Income documentation for everyone in the household
Events and Calendars
All applicants for CDBG, ESG and HOPWA program funds for FY 2018-2019 will be required to attend a mandatory technical assistance workshop and a mandatory budget workshop. The time frame of submitting applications has closed.
For more information, visit:
If any non-English speaking persons or persons with mobility, visual or hearing impairments wish to attend the public hearing and have special needs, please notify the Housing and Community Development Division at 255-8200 in advance so accommodations may be made.
Diana Seydlorsky, Chief
Housing and Community Development Division
214 N. Hogan St., 7th Floor
Jacksonville, FL 32202