Housing & Community Development

News & Announcements

St. Johns County Emergency Rental Assistance – The St. Johns County Emergency Rental Assistance Program provides aid to residents who are financially impacted by COVID-19 and at risk of housing instability. The program is federally funded and is designed to assist low-to-moderate-income households with rent-related expenses and utilities for up to twelve months or a maximum of $5,000. Eligible households must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a low-to-moderate income St. Johns County residential renter at or below 80% of area median income.
  • Be eligible for unemployment benefits or have experienced financial hardship directly or indirectly due to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.

Please visit https://stjohns-crr.unqork.io to apply for the St. Johns County Emergency Rental Assistance program. For additional information, please call 904.344.3188 or 800.557.7441, or read the SJC Emergency Rental Assistance Program Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines.

Affordable Housing Project Breaks Ground in St. Johns County – St. Johns County hosted a groundbreaking ceremony this morning for the San Marco Heights multi-family affordable housing project. This important project is one of two multi-family, low-to-moderate income rental housing communities financed by the more than $30 million Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds awarded to St. Johns County. San Marco Heights will encompass 132 units on 15 acres of land, and will include an 8,000 square foot clubhouse and community service facility. The large community space will house a commercial kitchen, co-working space, a tech lab, a library and children’s game room, and fitness area. Special to this development, the community service facility will also serve as a shelter for residents in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.

The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by St. Johns County Commissioner and vice-chair Henry Dean, the chair for the Housing Finance Authority of St. Johns County Mike O’Donnell, principal and owner of development firm Smith & Henzy Advisory Group Darren Smith, as well as other staff, dignitaries, and community representatives active in efforts to bring affordable housing to St. Johns County. “It is the beginning of what I hope, and I think I can speak for my fellow commissioners, several affordable housing projects that we desperately need for St. Johns County,” said Commissioner Dean. San Marco Heights will be a special community with a major goal of providing the residents access to key social services such as housing retention, medical and mental health, literacy education, employment assistance, life skills classes, and after-school care. “This is very life changing. It doesn’t put people on the streets. It gives them a place to live, especially people with families, with children,” said Mike O’Donnell. “They’ll have places to live. I mean, that’s so important. We need this.” For more information on San Marco Heights, please call the St. Johns County Housing and Community Development Division at 904.209.6890.

St. Johns County is giving notice of three (3) public hearings to obtain citizen input necessary for a Section 108 Loan Guarantee project as part of the 21-22 CDBG St. Johns County Entitlement funding process. The proposed project is construction of a 2 story, 17,600 square foot building located in central Hastings. The proposed site and development is serviced by public transportation, will assist the city in neighborhood revitalization, and provide ample space for social services as well as partnership opportunities with non-profit agencies. The proposed project shall be identified as the Hastings Community Center and Library. Pre-Application 30 Day Review

St. Johns County invites interested parties to participate in the preparation of the 2021-2025 Consolidated Plan and the 2021 Annual Action Plan. The Plans identify the projects and programs that are being proposed for funding through the County’s Community Development Block Grant. 2021-2025 Consolidated Plan and the 2021 Annual Action Plan and 2021-2025 Consolidated Plan and the 2021 Annual Action Plan DRAFT

St. Johns County has prepared a proposed 2021-2022 Action Plan as required to receive CDBG funds. The Annual Action Plan provides the layout for how the funds will be used for qualifying purposes. For the 2021-2022 FY, HUD allocated $1,031,151 for St. Johns County. SJC CDBG Proposed 2021-2022 Action Plan

St. Johns County is hosting three (3) public hearings in order to obtain citizen input for a proposed Section 108 Loan Guarantee project as part of the 2021-2022 CDBG Entitlement funding process. The proposed project is construction of the Hastings Community Center and Library. Notice of Public Hearing and Public Comment for SJC CDBG Pre-Application for Section 108 Loan Guarantee Hastings Community Center and Library

For additional information, please contact: housing@sjcfl.us or (904) 827-6890

HUD has made available to the County supplemental funding through the CARES Act in the amount of $950,706.  This funding, referred to as CDBG-CV3, is to be used specifically for the purpose of preventing, preparing for, and responding to coronavirus. St. Johns County proposes using all CDBG-CV3 funding to develop Public Service activities, to respond to the impact of COVID-19, which may include legal aid, eviction assistance, foreclosure prevention assistance, tenant/landlord counseling, rental assistance, subsistence payments, and case management.  Full Notice

Substantial Amendment to the 2019 Annual Action Plan – This Substantial Amendment to the 2019 Annual Action Plan is for the purpose of applying for CDBG-CV3 funds and allocating those funds to a set a new goal and project for Public Services, for the purpose of preventing, preparing for, and responding to coronavirus. Proposed Substantial Amendment

SHIP FY 2020 Annual Report – The 2020 Annual SHIP Report is complete and available for public review. SHIP FY 2020 Annual Report

St Johns County Housing Counseling Program is granted HUD (Housing and Urban Development) Approval as a certified Housing Counseling Program.  For the past several years St Johns County Health and Human Services has been moving forward to provide St Johns County residents the availability of housing and credit counseling based on HUD (Housing and Urban Development) standards. In December of 2018, the Department received this approval.  If you like more information on the program, or to register, please visit Housing and Financial Counseling Program or contact Ginny Campbell, HUD Certified Counselor at (904) 209-6146 or vcampbell@sjcfl.us.

Please be advised – St John’s County has announced the intention to launch RERAP 2.0 in the Fall of 2021. While additional details will be provided at a later time, the program guidelines for prioritization are as follows: Priority 1: Household at 50% AMI, and, households with a member qualified for unemployment during/for 90 days Priority 2: Households at 80% AMI

movingOur Mission

The Housing & Community Development Division is responsible for the promotion, development, preservation and administration of affordable housing programs, initiatives and policies in St. Johns County. These programs are designed for both single family, multifamily households and developers. Housing & Community Development also assists with related community development issues such as utilities, roads and zoning.

Housing & Community Development Divisions & Information

Affordable Housing
Everyone deserves affordable housing. However, as the cost of housing rises, many of us are forced to pay more than we can really afford. People you rely on — teachers, bank tellers, police officers, firefighters, nurses, waiters, and even many young professionals — may need assistance with housing. Various resources are available to those who wish to live in St Johns County.

Housing and Financial Counseling Program
The St. Johns County Housing and Financial Counseling Program is designed to help you overcome the potential obstacles first-time homebuyers encounter and connect you with resources that will help turn your dream of owning your own home into a reality.

Community Development Block Grant
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. The CDBG entitlement program allocates annual grants to larger cities and urban counties to develop viable communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and opportunities to expand economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.

State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP)
Florida Housing administers the State Housing Initiatives Partnership program (SHIP), which provides funds to local governments as an incentive to create partnerships that produce and preserve affordable homeownership and multifamily housing. The program was designed to serve very low, low and moderate income families.

Rehabilitation Program
The Rehabilitation Program is intended to alleviate immediate and potential housing problems, thus preventing further damage to the structure while allowing the occupants to continue residing in their homes. Code, safety and health issues are paramount.

St. Johns Housing Partnership
P.O. Box 1086, St. Augustine, FL 32085
P: (904) 824-0902 |  F: (904) 824-9635  |  E: info@sjhp.org
www.sjhp.org

Housing Finance Authority
The Housing Finance Authority of St. Johns County issues tax-exempt and taxable bonds for affordable multifamily housing and single family mortgages.

Community Redevelopment
The St. Johns County Community Redevelopment Agency was established to promote, coordinate and fund a variety of residential and commercial redevelopment efforts in three community redevelopment areas.