Ability Housing opened its doors in 1992 as a group home for six adults with development disabilities. In 2006, the Northeast Florida homeless coalition approached Ability Housing and asked us to expand our mission to create permanent housing solutions for homeless families and individuals. In 2015, at the request of the local Commission on Homelessness, we expanded to serve Central Florida.
Today, Ability Housing is a nationally recognized industry leader. We are one of few Florida nonprofits with the capacity to develop quality affordable rental housing; and are a frontrunner in providing Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) to chronically homeless households. PSH is the evidence-based model of linking affordable housing with person-centered support services such as healthcare, case management, and peer support. When individuals have a stable home, they can improve their self-sufficiency and reach their full potential.
Ability Housing provides three programs to the Northeast and Central Florida communities: CASA, HousingLink and the Villages. Additionally, we are involved in statewide advocacy efforts and successfully work to increase the housing options available to extremely low-income individuals and families and special needs households.
CASA is our first and longest standing program, offering shared housing to adults with a disability through 29 single-family homes scattered throughout Northeast Florida.
HousingLink enables persons with disabilities experiencing long-term or repetitive homelessness access to community housing. Ability Housing provides rental assistance from our federal grants to aid residents in affording market rate housing. We partner with area service providers to ensure residents have access to the supports they need to retain housing and increase self-sufficiency. Currently, this program consists of 142 units of scattered-site and site-based housing for persons who are formerly homeless.
The Villages Program provides affordable and supportive housing to low-income and extremely low-income individuals and families in the communities we serve. We have four sites in operation and two sites in development in North Florida; two sites in development in Central Florida; and one site in development in West Florida. The program will grow from 238 units of affordable housing to 644 by the end of 2020.