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In our series on poverty and housing, Chasing the Dream, we’re hearing from Jacksonville residents struggling to keep decent roofs over their heads.

This segment explores how living in public housing comes with rules and the constant threat of eviction for breaking them.


For low-income families, it can be frustrating finding a decent, affordable place to live. 

The Jacksonville Housing Authority works with the federal government to try to give people roofs over their heads — but thousands more people need homes than the agency can provide.


A 12-year-old Jacksonville girl is setting her sights on space.

Taylor Richardson hopes to be the first African American woman to set foot on Mars.

Richardson spoke about her mission on Monday’s First Coast Connect.

Jacksonville Jaycees

One of the 49 people who died in the June 12 attack on Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub was a member of the Jacksonville Jaycees.

The organization will honor the memory of Darryl “DJ” Burt II with a memorial fundraiser Sunday in Riverside.

Jaycees Vice President Racquel Wood said the goal is to raise $10,000, some of which will go to Burt’s family.

“To help them cover unexpected expenses like travelling," she said. "And we’re doing a memorial for him here in Jacksonville at Willow Branch Park. So that will cover the bench, getting the plaque, installing it.”

OneJax

A group of 60 Jacksonville teens are graduating today from a program celebrating their differences.

The University of North Florida’s OneJax Institute holds the summer program called Metrotown, which exposes students to different perspectives. 

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