Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is pictured at the White House on March 14, 2020.
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For many, April 1 means the rent is due. But with record-setting jobless claims in Florida due to COVID-19, paying the rent this month – and the next few - may not be an option for some.

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.

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The federally subsidized Eureka Gardens apartment complex in Jacksonville has a new owner, new name and new look.

At the grand reopening ceremony Thursday, Millennia Housing and city leaders celebrated a new start for a complex that had been plagued with disrepair and gas leaks.

HUD Offering Assistance To Irma-Impacted Communities

Sep 18, 2017
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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is offering assistance to communities affected by Hurricane Irma.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is asking the owner of Jacksonville’s low-income housing complex Eureka Gardens to beef up security following a mass shooting Monday.

The current owner may have secured a buyer for the troubled complex.

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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.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT

An additional 27 homeless military veterans in Jacksonville will get help paying rent thanks to an extra $149,040 from the federal government.

Westside Center Ends Popular After-School Program

Apr 19, 2016
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Donieka White was knocking on the front door of Metro Kids Konnection Tuesday afternoon, but it was locked-up.

“Almost every kid goes there, like, from the teenagers down to the babies that’s in Pre-k and VPK and stuff like that,” she said. “So this is like a big part of us just getting out of the apartments.”


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A little more than a week after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development voided a passing grade for languishing apartment complex Eureka Garden, residents say they want the complex condemned.

Tenants say their health has been affected by unsanitary conditions, including mold and a recent gas leak.

Pastor Mark Griffin of Wayman Ministries condemned fellow believer Rev. Richard Hamlet and his Global Ministries Foundation, which manages the troubled property Thursday.

Griffin says Jacksonville should apply more pressure to Hamlet by attacking his wallet.

HUD To Restructure Property Management At Troubled Eureka Garden Complex

Oct 14, 2015

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.

Eureka Garden's Violations 'Too Many To Count'

Oct 2, 2015

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

Jacksonville Housing Authority

The Jacksonville Housing Authority is one of 79 public housing agencies in Florida that will share in a $48.3 million federal grant. Jacksonville’s cut is $3,574,673.

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About 200 volunteers armed with maps, questionnaires and flashlights fanned out across Duval County at 4 a.m. this morning for the annual point-in-time homeless count.

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. is one of six organizations in Florida set to receive funds totaling more than $2 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to reduce housing discrimination. 

The Jacksonville group will get a total of $774,750 for three programs — private enforcement of federal fair housing complaints, a lending discrimination fund, and public education campaigns.