affordable housing


A Jacksonville state lawmaker is pushing legislation to eliminate local government’s ability to impose affordable housing mandates on developers.

The Jacksonville Townhouse Apartments.

A group of Jacksonville property owners and their management company have reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development after a federal investigation revealed the building’s sprinkler system didn’t work during a 2017 fire at a senior housing complex.

Overflowing dumpster at Hampton Villa Apartments.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Residents at an affordable housing community in Northwest Jacksonville say they regularly struggle with overflowing Dumpsters as well as mold and mildew in their apartments.


A bill that would prevent local governments from charging affordable housing developers impact fees is moving forward in the Florida Senate.

Ability Housing

It's getting harder for working families who earn $25,000 to $50,000 per year to find an affordable place to live in Florida. A growing population, stagnant wages and deep federal cuts have made the problem more prevalent.

aerial photo of the site of the future complex
Jacksonville Daily Record

An affordable housing complex is on track to break ground in Brooklyn this year.

As Mike Field tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo, the project could help those who were pushed out of the once-thriving working-class neighborhood, move back.

Village on Wiley,  a multifamily permanent supportive housing development owned by Ability Housing and financed by the Florida Housing Finance Corporation.
Ability Housing

The findings of a study in Jacksonville released Thursday show that affordable housing benefits not only those struggling with chronic homelessness and housing insecurity, but also the communities those people live in.

Officials break ground at Village at Hyde Park in Jacksonville's Westside.
Ability Housing

A new multifamily housing development in the works will make 80 affordable apartment homes available to the homeless, disabled and low income people in Jacksonville’s Westside.

The Jacksonville Daily Record

While apartment construction in the rest of the country dipped over the last year, the Jacksonville metro apartment inventory grew by more than half over the same time period, according to preliminary data and projections compiled by apartment market researcher Yardi Matrix.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

The National Low Income Housing Coalition has released its annual Out of Reach report, and it shows how affordable housing really is “out of reach” for millions of low-wage workers, seniors and people with disabilities living on fixed incomes, and other low-income households.

David J. Phillip / Associated Press

Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Dr. Jeff Goldhagen, Professor and Chief, Division of Community and Societal Pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville on the trauma children are experiencing after being taken away from their parents at the U.S./Mexico border (01:09).     

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with President of Terrawise Homes and WJCT board member Melody Shacter and Mark Sherman, Senior Loan Consultant with LoanDepot about the rising problem of affordable housing on the First Coast (01:05).

Ability Housing

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

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

The rehabilitation of a senior living facility is being hailed by St. Augustine officials as vital for the city. Southern Villas Apartments celebrated its grand re-opening Thursday with a ribbon cutting and tour.


Vince Kong

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.