City of Jacksonville and HUD Announce Winners of COJ/HUD Public-Philanthropic Initiative Award

June 22, 2021  
Today, Mayor Lenny Curry on behalf of the City of Jacksonville and in partnership with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Jacksonville Field Office announced the 2021 recipients of the inaugural COJ/HUD Public-Philanthropic Initiative Award. This award recognizes excellence in public-philanthropic partnerships that have both transformed the relationship between sectors and led to measurable benefits for low-and moderate-income individuals and families in Jacksonville. As the first city chosen to locally replicate the HUD Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships, Jacksonville is excited to honor three local partnerships that have made significant impact in our community.
“Congratulations to our inaugural awardees for creating innovate solutions and developing cross-sector partnerships to increase the quality of life for the most vulnerable in our community,” said Mayor Lenny Curry. “These awards highlight the power of collective impact that can be achieved through strategic partnerships.”

“There is power in partnership,” said Alesia Scott Ford, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Jacksonville Field Office Director. “Collaboration is the key to many success stories we witness today.”

Awardees are selected by an independent jury panel and presented annually to three Jacksonville partnerships for completed or ongoing initiatives that are executed in collaboration with community partners including philanthropy and local, state, or federal government. The 2021 COJ/HUD Initiative Awardees:
  • MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation - Club 904 Teen Center
  • Operation New Hope - Ready4Work
  • Sulzbacher - Homeless COVID-19 Response
To learn more about the 2021 awardees and their initiatives, visit: