Lead Letter: Progress Made but Homelessness Challenges Loom

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.”

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Shannon Nazworth Appointed to National Low Income Housing Coalition Advisory Group

Shannon Nazworth Appointed to National Low Income Housing Coalition Advisory Group 17-person committee will serve as a resource for potential National Housing Trust Fund grant recipients Jacksonville, Fla. — March 23, 2016 — The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) has appointed Ability Housing’s Executive Director, Shannon Nazworth, to an advisory group of affordable housing developers that will serve as a resource for potential recipients of National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) grants.Continue reading

Ability Housing announces Kimberlee Riley as Regional Director, Central Florida

Orlando, FL – December 29, 2015 – Ability Housing is pleased to announce Kimberlee Riley as the new Regional Director in Central Florida. Riley brings more than twenty years of experience in the independent sector and has spent fifteen years working with multi-sector partnerships, most recently as the Assistant Director of Orange County Regional History Center in the Family Services department.

Riley will work with the Ability Housing team to facilitate the agency’s expansion into the Central Florida community; developing strategic partnerships with programmatic partners, aligned systems of care, local government, and community partners essential to fulfilling the mission.Continue reading

December 2015 – Ability Housing receives $150,000 grant from Florida Blue Foundation

Ability Housing receives $150,000 grant from Florida Blue Foundation Jacksonville, FL – December 28, 2015 – Ability Housing has received a $150,000 grant from the Florida Blue Foundation. The grant will support The Solution That Saves, a statewide pilot led by Ability Housing which will provide Florida-specific data on the impacts of providing permanent supportive housing to high utilizers of crisis services. Specifically, the pilot will evaluate the health and quality of life impacts on the individuals served as well as the utilization of publicly funded systems of care.Continue reading

Ability Housing receives $600,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase

ORLANDO, September 17, 2015—Homelessness rates in Florida have risen and the state now ranks 3rd in number of people affected. To address the shortage of permanent supportive housing options for chronically homeless individuals, veterans and families in Orlando and Jacksonville, JPMorganChase has granted $600,000 to Ability Housing to support the development of new permanent supportive housing units.

This grant from JPMorgan Chase will support Ability Housing’s efforts in both Central and Northeast Florida; $500,000 will go toward the nonprofit organization’s work in Orlando, and $100,000 will support its ongoing work in its home base of Jacksonville.

The banking firm has funded Ability Housing’s work in Jacksonville since 2002 and also provided the seed grant of $80,000 to explore expansion into Central Florida in the fall of 2014.Continue reading

Ability Housing of Northeast Florida Wins Annual TD Charitable Foundation Housing for Everyone Affordable Housing Grant Competition, Awarded $100,000 for Oakland Terrace Apartments

Ability Housing of Northeast Florida was recently awarded a $100,000 affordable housing grant through the TD Charitable Foundation’s Housing for Everyone grant competition. The grant will be used to support the Oakland Terrace Apartments affordable housing community in East Jacksonville.

Oakland Terrace is a 60 unit apartment community that had been suffering from significant deferred maintenance. However, through the investment of the TD Charitable Foundation and others, Ability Housing was able to purchase and significantly rehabilitate the property. It now is returned to a quality place to live. This grant will be used to fund a portion of the rehabilitation expenses as well as to fund services for the residents so as to increase their self-sufficiency.Continue reading

Shannon Nazworth named 2014 Eastern Region Advocate of the Year at a recent housing conference

April 14, 2014 Shannon Nazworth, executive director of Ability Housing of Northeast Florida, was named 2014 Eastern Region Advocate of the Year at a recent housing conference.

The event was held by CSH, a national nonprofit in the movement for supportive housing, which combines housing with services.

Nazworth was honored for promoting supportive housing for “high-need and chronically homeless individuals,” according to a news release.Continue reading

Chase Awards Grant to Ability Housing of Northeast Florida

Jacksonville, FL (August 28, 2013) — Chase has awarded a $20,000 grant to Ability Housing of
Northeast Florida. The grant is for the nonprofit’s Villages Program which develops and operates quality multifamily
rental properties for the homeless, those at risk of homelessness, and adults with a disability. Ability
Housing has developed Mayfair Village Apartments, Renaissance Village Apartments and Oakland Terrace
Apartments for a total of 195 units; plus the CASA Program which provides an additional 60 units of housing.Continue reading

Shannon Nazworth of Ability Housing Re-elected as Chair of Florida Council on Homelessness

Jacksonville, FL (August 7, 2013) — Shannon Nazworth, Executive Director of Ability Housing of Northeast Florida, has been re-elected as the chair of the Florida Council on Homelessness. The announcement was made by Department of Children and Families. The Council on Homelessness was created in 2001 to develop policies and make recommendations to reduce homelessness in Florida. Ms. Nazworth’s previous term as chair began in 2011.

“I’m honored that the members of the Council believe in my leadership for this organization,” said Nazworth. “We have made important strides regarding homelessness through our work developing state policy and shepherding resources that support a continuum of care.”Continue reading