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Jacksonville Nonprofit CEO Appointed To State Affordable-Housing Task Force

Ability Housing

A Jacksonville nonprofit CEO will be able to help shape affordable-housing policy statewide after her recent gubernatorial appointment.

Ability Housing’s Shannon Nazworth is joining a new task force, and she starts Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Nazworth was studying the agenda for her first meeting in Tallahassee, thumbing through a lengthy stack of reading materials including information on building codes and land use, as well as market analyses.

Nazworth runs Jacksonville-based Ability Housing, an affordable housing development nonprofit that also does work in Orlando. She’ll be the homeless advocate on the new 14-member affordable-housing task force, created by theLegislature this year.

“Really they’re just looking for recommendations on what the state can do to promote more affordable housing, whether it’s reducing regulation, maybe there’s some zoning or building  code or other types of issues that might help create more affordable housing,” she said.

Nazworth said she hopes to also take away best practices to advocate for locally.

She’s one of five members appointed by Gov. Rick Scott, who also include a Realtor, a private developer who recently helped renovate low-income senior apartments in St. Augustine and a special-needs advocate. Other task force members include the executive director of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation and a representative of the Florida League of Cities, as well as four appointees by the Senate president and House speaker.

Nazworth said the task force will meet at least monthly before reporting its recommendations to state lawmakers by January 1.

Lindsey Kilbride can be reached at, 904-358-6359 or on Twitter at @lindskilbride.

Lindsey Kilbride was WJCT's special projects producer until Aug. 28, 2020. She reported, hosted and produced podcasts like Odd Ball, for which she was honored with a statewide award from the Associated Press, as well as What It's Like. She also produced VOIDCAST, hosted by Void magazine's Matt Shaw, and the ADAPT podcast, hosted by WJCT's Brendan Rivers.