Empty, boarded apartments on Mercy Drive in Orlando could soon be torn down, and a non-profit agency has plans to put in apartments for low-income families. The non-profit received the state funding it needed to make the renderings a reality. Read more @ WFTV
A Jacksonville-based nonprofit has received $26.1 million in housing credits and a low-interest loan to demolish and rebuild a blighted apartment community in Orlando. Read more @ The Jacksonville Business Journal
Jacksonville-based Ability Housing plans to demolish vacant apartments in northeast Orlando and rebuild 166 new units. Read more @ The Orlando Business Journal
In a move targeting Orlando’s affordable housing crisis, state officials have approved $26.1 million in tax credits and loans to a nonprofit agency that will build 166 “high-quality” apartment units on what is now a blighted stretch of Mercy Drive, the agency said Tuesday. Read more @ The Orlando Sentinel
Dickinson, 50, lives in Village on Wiley, a supportive housing community developed by Ability Housing on Jacksonville’s Westside. The village’s 43 apartments are designed for chronically homeless adults who have cycled in and out of crisis services. Read more @ The Florida Times Union
About six months ago, Connie Savage packed her entire life into a 10-by-10 storage facility off Atlantic Boulevard. Savage spent a night at a homeless facility, then months at a hotel living on borrowed time and with money donated for expenses. Read more @ The Florida Times Union
The executive director of a nonprofit that fights to increase affordable housing wants to highlight the fact that while Jacksonville might have some of the lowest apartment rents in Florida, they are far from affordable and more work is needed to increase options for low-income residents. Read more @ The Jacksonville Business Journal
Ability Housing received a $10,000 grant from The Fanny Landwirth Foundation to support the nonprofit’s multi-region strategic planning efforts and help underwrite long-term assessments.Continue reading
In Northeast Florida, 325 men and women have been identified with a disabling health condition and are sleeping on our streets, shelters, or other places not meant for human habitation for extended periods of time – sometimes years. Without access to housing people experiencing chronic homelessness cycle in and out of shelters, hospitals, emergency rooms, jails, and treatment programs- all at extraordinary public expense. National studies have found that leaving a person in homelessness costs taxpayers as much as $30,000 to $50,000 per year.
Over the next few months Ability Housing will be assisting some of these men and women to move from homelessness into housing.
Lead Letter: Progress Made but Homelessness Challenges Loom
By Ability Housing CEO
Tue, 10 May 2016, 04:07 PM
A new report shows progress and challenges, both nationally and in Florida, in combating homelessness.
Last month, the National Alliance to End Homelessness released “The State of Homelessness in America,” an annual report compiling data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to examine trends in homelessness and at-risk populations.
Nationally, homelessness is down 2 percent from 2014 to 2015; Duval County saw even greater headway with a 9.5 percent decrease in homelessness.