Who We Are

We believe everyone should have a home

Our Story

Ability Housing opened its doors in 1992 as a group home for six adults with developmental disabilities. In just a few years, the nonprofit saw a tremendous need for quality affordable housing and began to expand its efforts, focusing on the needs of adults with disabilities. In 2006, at the request of the Northeast Florida Homeless Coalition, Ability Housing began developing multifamily rental housing, serving low-income households, adults with a disability, and those exiting homelessness. In 2015, we expanded to Central Florida at the request of the local Commission on Homelessness.

Today, Ability Housing is a nationally recognized industry leader and one of very few nonprofits capable of developing high quality affordable, community-inclusive rental housing. We are further recognized for our on-site support services designed to meet the needs of households who have low incomes, disabilities, or experiences with homelessness.

 

Our Core Values

All of Ability Housing’s work is based upon the core beliefs that:

  • Everyone should have a home.
  • Working together creates opportunities and changes lives.
  • Challenging the status quo creates new ideas and innovative solutions.
  • Using data and evidence-based practices creates effective and lasting results.
  • The trust of the people and communities we serve must be earned every day.

Our Mission

To build flourishing communities where everyone has a home

 

Our Vision

A society where housing is a right, not a privilege, and all individuals have safe, affordable housing in vibrant communities

 

Executive Leadership

Shannon Nazworth

President & CEO

Thomas J. Daly, Jr.

COO & In-House Counsel

Maureen Natkin

Development & Engagement Director

Cody Spencer

Programs Director

Board of Directors

Officers

Chair:
Michael Griffin, AdventHealth

Vice Chair:
Reggie Fullwood, Operation New Hope 

Secretary:
Tiffany Adams, Florida Housing Coalition

 

Members at Large:

Cerita Battles, JPMorgan Chase

Damien Haitsuka, Wells Fargo

Shelly Kobb, Community Advocate

Greg Matovina, Matovina & Company

Davis McCarty, Retired Executive

Mary Kay O’Rourke, Retired Executive

Jake Peek, Peek & Associates

Hon. Belvin Perry, Jr., Morgan & Morgan,
Attorneys at Law

Ellen Rogers, Bank of America

Mellissa Slover-Athey, SouthState Bank

Ex-Officio

Shannon Nazworth, President & CEO

Let’s work together

to help everyone in our community have a home they can afford.

Come join as we work to provide housing for thousands of people across the state.

Shannon Nazworth is President and CEO of Ability Housing, a position she has held since 2003. She is a seasoned affordable housing professional.

In addition to leading Ability Housing, Nazworth is Chair of the State of Florida Council on Homelessness, immediate past president of the Florida Supportive Housing Coalition, and was a gubernatorial appointee to both the Florida Affordable Housing Workgroup and Affordable Housing Study Commission. She also serves on many state and national organizations. In 2020, she earned national recognition as Multifamily Executive Magazine’s “Executive of the Year.”

Nazworth is a native of Massachusetts, but has resided in Northeast Florida for over 20 years. She has a B.S. in Political Science, having graduated magna cum laude from Boston College; a Certificate in Executive Leadership from Harvard Business School; and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University.

Tom Daly is the Chief Operating Officer of Ability Housing. He brings more than 20 years of housing, finance, and legal sector experience to the position. Most recently, Tom served as the City of Jacksonville’s Chief of the Housing and Community Development Division. His career in the affordable housing sector spans several roles in both the public and private sector.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in agricultural economics from Purdue University, a Master of Public Affairs with a concentration in public finance from Indiana University and a Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law. He is a Certified Housing Development Professional through the National Development Council, and an active member of the Jacksonville Bar Association and American Bar Association.

As Development & Engagement Director at Ability Housing, Maureen is responsible for driving the organization’s fund development and communications strategy and activities. Maureen moved to Jacksonville in 2022, spending one year as the COO & Philanthropic Director at the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville before returning to the affordable housing sector where she had worked in New York for Westhab, Inc. Maureen has an M.A. in International Economics and Russian Studies from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a B.A. in Russian Area Studies from Dartmouth College. She lives in Avondale with her husband, J.P.

As Program Director, Cody ensures that all program participants have access to quality case supportive services that reflect Ability Housing’s high standards. He is passionate about ending homelessness and supporting households so that they can achieve self-sufficiency. 

Cody lives on the Westside of Jacksonville with his husband Jonathan, their two children and five dogs.