Our Impact

Affordable Housing

A Place to Call Home

Safe, affordable housing is essential to our well-being and economy, yet it’s out of reach for many Northeast Florida residents. More than 17% of local residents are cost burdened or severely cost burdened, meaning they spend over 30%-50% of their income on housing. The crisis impacts many in our community, including public servants, low-wage workers, minorities and the elderly.

Shining a Light on the Issues

The Community Foundation is committed to bringing our community together to address and solve this critical issue. Did you know..? More than half of the workers in counties served by The Community Foundation are not earning a housing wage, as designated by the HUD Fair Market Rate. Rent increased more than 18% during 2020-2021, and home values are on the rise, greatly outpacing wage growth. Inventory is also down in both single-family and multi-family markets. Read a brief recap of our 2021 Donors Forum, and download the event presentation for more information on these critical issues.

A Viable Path to Affordable Housing

To date, the Community Foundation has made many valuable investments in different solutions to improve access to affordable housing.

Tiny Houses

In 2021, Delores Barr Weaver and HabiJax took a shared leap of faith to build 50 furnished one-bedroom tiny houses. Today, all are occupied, housing 16% disabled residents, 11% seniors, 8% veterans and 33% formerly homeless.

R.E.S.T.O.R.E. Grant

A Small Organizations grant made to R.E.S.T.O.R.E. supports the construction of the nonprofit’s first single family home, which will provide transitional housing for women exiting the justice system.

Historic Eastside CDC

Through a Supporting Neighborhoods grant, the Historic Eastside CDC launched its Restore and Repair Program to repair homes, strengthen neighborhood pride and prevent resident displacement.

Owning a home is not simply a form of housing; it is an investment in future equity.

– Paul Tutwiler, Executive Director, Northwest Jacksonville CDC

Here to Help

For more information, contact:

James Coggin

James Coggin, MBA

Senior Director, Grantmaking and Impact Investing