Jacksonville Housing Authority Awarded

Nearly $850,000 in Federal Grants

JACKSONVILLE (March 26, 2019) – Jacksonville Housing Authority (JHA) announced today that it has been awarded two competitive U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants totaling $843,531.

The grants are part of a larger national award given to public housing authorities nationwide. The majority of the award money awarded to the Jacksonville Housing Authority, an amount totaling $562,037 is dedicated to the Family Unification Program (FUP). An additional $281,494 has been earmarked for the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program.

“These grant dollars will go a long way toward providing the much-needed housing and job assistance services here in Jacksonville,” said JHA Chair Roslyn Mixon-Phillips. “Our success in securing these grants validates the performance of this organization and our staff.”      

The FSS program provides resources so local housing authorities can link housing assistance with a broad spectrum of services that will enable participating families to find jobs, increase earned income, reduce or eliminate the need for rental and/or welfare assistance, and make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency. It is available to those residents who are participating in the Housing Choice Voucher Program and/or reside in public housing.

FSS participants sign a five-year contract that requires the head of the household to obtain employment and that no member of the household will receive certain types of public assistance at the end of the five-year term. The average household income of FSS participants nearly tripled during their time in the program, from $10,000 at the time of entry to more than $27,000 upon program completion.

The FSS grant will serve approximately 400 residents for the 2019 calendar year.

The Family Unification Program (FUP) Grant provides rental assistance to parents struggling to provide adequate housing for their children. Funding can also be used to help provide stable housing for young adults (18-24) who have aged-out of the foster care system.

HUD awarded the state of Florida a total of $3,245,861 dollars in Family Unification Program Grants, with $562,037 (78 vouchers) going to the Jacksonville Housing Authority.

Like HUD’s Housing Choice Vouchers, these vouchers allow families to rent housing from a private landlord and generally pay 30 percent of their monthly adjusted gross income towards rent and utilities. This program can keep a family together at an approximate cost of $15,000 annually. According to The National Center for Housing and Child Welfare (NCHCW) on average, it costs over $48,000 annually when children are conversely sent to foster care.

About JHA

The Jacksonville Housing Authority (JHA)) was created in 1994 to fill the need for a more effective community service oriented public housing agency. The Board of Directors consists of seven members who are appointed by the Mayor. These seven members have a strong record of success in private sector process and work hard to build a better future for the local Jacksonville community.

 

 

 

Notice from Rebuild Florida

Rebuild Florida is a program of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (“DEO”), created to help Floridians recover from the devastating impacts of Hurricane Irma. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) and can provide assistance with repairs to properties that were damaged by Hurricane Irma. To be eligible for this program, the damaged property must be one of the following: 1) An Irma-damaged property that was the primary residence of the owner at the time Hurricane Irma struck on September 10, 2017; or 2) An Irma-damaged property that is used as rental property for low- to moderate-income individuals.

Registration can be completed online at www.rebuildflorida.gov , via telephone at (844) 833-1010, or in person at Rebuild Florida’s intake office located at the WorkSource Career Service Center at 215 N. Market Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32202. This program is not administered through the City of Jacksonville. You must contact Rebuild Florida directly to get registered.   

Registration only takes a few minutes and documentation is not required at that time. The deadline to register for Rebuild Florida is March 29, 2019.

 

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1300 N Broad Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Phone: (904) 630-3810

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