Housing & Community Development

Children and houseThe 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.

National Community Development Week

The City of Jacksonville will join communities across the nation celebrating National Community Development (NCD) Week, April 2 – April 6, 2018. It is an annual celebration emphasizing the impact the impact that community development programs like the Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships program have had, at the national and local level, within our communities. These community development programs are entitlement grant awarded annually to the city through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
NCD Week raises awareness of citizens and elected officials to the benefits provided to the community through the CDBG/HOME programs.  It also affords the opportunity to thank our congressional delegation for championing the program and to urge their support for continued funding.
Jacksonville residents have benefitted from many projects and services funded with federal grant dollars including new streets and sidewalks, water and sewer lines, shelters for the homeless, new parks and housing projects.
Since 1975, the City of Jacksonville has received over $398 million in community funds that have been used to develop and implement a wide-range of programs directed toward neighborhood revitalization, economic development and improving community services.
The Housing and Community Development Division of the Neighborhoods Department, administrators of CDBG funds, has planned a week full of activities showcasing some of the critically needed programs and services provided through CDBG, HOME, ESG and HOPWA, and to recognize the significant role these programs play in improving the quality of life for the citizens of Jacksonville.

Scheduled NCD Week Activities Link
Monday, April 2, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.- NCD Week Kick Off and Support Rally at Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc., 134 E. Church Street
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. – Vestcor and Northwest Jacksonville CDC - Mary Eaves Senior Living Facility, 1250 W 16th Street
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.- Kaden Place, 6233 W. 118th Street
Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.- Sulzbacher Center, 611 E. Adams St.
Friday, April 6, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.– Pine Castle, 4911 Spring Park Road at
Friday, April 6, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. – Daniel Memorial, 4203 Southpoint Blvd.

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

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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. 

For more information, visit:  Apply for Funding 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
(904) 255-8200