Eureka Garden


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has voided the passing score Eureka Garden received in its last HUD inspection.

HUD Field Office Director Alesia Scott-Ford said the move is extremely rare. It came after a meeting Wednesday morning with Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and other city leaders.

Scott-Ford said HUD feels that the owner of the complex, Rev. Richard Hamlet with the Global Ministries Foundation, "has not been aggressive enough with his repairs." Hamlet "has not had enough maintenance crews out at the property," she said.

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Duval County Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti held his “Chat with the Supe” community forum, Monday evening at St. Johns Town Center Barnes & Noble.

Vitti says the chats are a chance to talk to anyone with a concern.


We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Andrew Pantazi, Florida Times-Union reporter; Claire Goforth, Folio Weekly writer; Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor; A.G. Gancarski, Florida Politics writer.

Topics include the investigation into the missing cargo ship El Faro, concerns about public housing in Jacksonville, and more.

Audit Shows Eureka Garden Owner Raking In Profits

Oct 8, 2015

The tenants of Eureka Garden Apartments have complained of deplorable living conditions and the city responded with a two-day code raid spearheaded by Mayor Lenny Curry.

Eureka Garden is owned by the Rev. Richard Hamlet and Global Ministries Foundation, the focus of a News4Jax investigation. His evangelical nonprofit and real estate portfolio spans across the country and does big business in Jacksonville where he owns six low-income apartment complexes.


Residents of a low-income apartment complex on Jacksonville’s Westside say the living conditions are horrendous.


Monday, the City Council Rules Committee recommended the federal government stop assisting Jacksonville’s Eureka Garden apartment complex, unless management makes it safer.

The Westside complex receives public housing vouchers to provide subsidized rent for low-income residents and  ranks near the top of the list for violent crimes.

But the Jacksonville City Council Rules Committee is asking the government to stop assisting unless substantial, proactive steps are taken to secure the safety of the apartment complex.