CASA

DESCRIPTION

CASA is Ability Housing's first project, consisting of 29 homes scattered throughout Duval County. CASA provides quality, affordable housing for adults with a disability; it is called CASA because each home is Convenient, Affordable, Safe, and Accessible. CASA was designed for adults with developmental disabilities who wish to live independently in the community. Each house is rented to two or three roommates. Residents have their own supports and are responsible for selecting their roommates. Rents are affordable, varying based upon each tenant's ability to pay.

This innovative housing model was designated a State Demonstration Project by the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council. According to annual surveys of CASA residents, 100% of respondents rate their housing as good or excellent.

The success of the CASA program is best demonstrated by the impact it has on its residents. "Your organization has made a huge difference in my daughter's life. I was so worried she was going to be cheated out of a normal life. In three months' time she has become an independent adult enjoying herself and experiencing new things on a daily basis." And this quote from the sister of a long-time CASA resident, "I never would have dreamed when my brother and I were growing up that he would have the opportunity to live in a house of his own. I always expected that he would either live with family or in a group home. Although he has lived in both these situations before, living in his own home has been much better for him...Having his own home has been the best place for him. He enjoys living with just his wife as any other grown man would do. Thank you for continuing to provide housing and subsidies for those with disabilities."

CASA is a mix of units of shared housing.

For available rental units, call 904-359-9650 ext 107

DEVELOPMENT COST

$3.5 million

FINANCING

• City of Jacksonville: HOME Investment Partnership Program, State Housing Initiatives Program

• EverBank

• Florida Housing Finance Corporation: Demonstration Program Loans

• Florida Department of Children and Families: Homeless Housing Assistance Grant

• Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta: Affordable Housing Program

• JPMorgan Chase & Co.

• Florida Community Loan Fund

• LISC Construction Lender