Jacksonville Homeless Organizations Partner To Streamline Support

Nov 15, 2016

Ability Housing's Village on Wiley low-rent development celebrated it's one-year anniversary in conjunction with Ability Housing's partnership with the Sulzbacher Center, Tuesday.
Credit Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Jacksonville’s Ability Housing and the Sulzbacher Center are formally partnering to better help the city’s chronically homeless.

Ability Housing provides apartments and affordable homes to nearly 300 homeless or disabled people in Jacksonville.  

Executive Director Shannon Nazworth said Sulzbacher Center case managers will be working with the residents, utilizing a model called “permanent supportive housing.”

“You link affordable housing with voluntary individualized support,” she said. “Those two together help people exit homelessness even after they’ve been homeless for 10 or more years.”

She said people are able to improve their health and quality of life allowing them to then reintegrate into the community at large.

Sulzbacher services include medical and behavioral healthcare as well as job training and placement.

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