Housing & Community Services
News & Announcements
Notice of Availability of SHIP Funds – St. Johns County is estimated to receive $434,855.00 through the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Program during Fiscal Year 2019-2020 (July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020). The County's Local Housing Assistance Plan includes assistance strategies designed to increase homeownership opportunities and preserve the housing stock. Notice of Availability of SHIP Funds
Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Public Hearings – In accordance with the State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee submits triennial recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners for consideration. These recommendations will be presented during two public hearings on November 20 and December 17, as well as posted in local news outlets. AHAC Public Hearings Notice | AHAC Report
Substantial Amendment to the 2018 Annual Action Plan – A Substantial Amendment to the 2018 Annual Action Plan is proposed for the purpose of increasing affordable rental housing available to low to moderate-income households. For additional information, visit the CDBG page.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Vacancies – St. Johns County currently has a need for two individuals to join the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. Candidates should have one of the following qualifications to be considered for appointment to the vacant seats on the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee:
- Essential Service Personnel – Any person in need of affordable housing, who is a permanent employee (excluding temporary and on-call employees) of a company or organization located within St. Johns County, including teachers and educators, police and fire personnel, health care personnel and skilled building trades personnel); OR
- Residential Home Building – A citizen who is actively engaged in the residential home building industry in connection with affordable housing.
Citizens are always welcome to attend the meetings of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. All meetings are scheduled for the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m., Please call (904) 209-0300 for additional information. Board Application
The Housing & Community Services 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 Services also assists with related community development issues such as utilities, roads and zoning.
Housing & Community Services Divisions & Information
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.
- SHIP FY 2017 Annual Report | Notice of Availability of SHIP Funds
- SHIP 2017-2020 Local Housing Assistance Plan (LHAP)
For more information, call (904) 827-6890.
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.
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.
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.