In 1971, a neighborhood church built the Oakland Terrace Apartments on the former site of the Boylan-Haven School – a site of special significance to the community. Founded in 1886 as Boylan High School, the health training program led to the founding of Brewster Hospital, one of the first such institutions to serve African -Americans in Florida and among the earliest of its kind in the South.
After acquiring the property, Ability Housing undertook a substantial rehabilitation of the 42-year old buildings. Now, the high-quality and affordable apartments are providing safe, stable homes to low-income individuals and families. With a brand-new playground, provided by KaBOOM! and Humana, children can learn and grow at Oakland Terrace.