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