Affordable Housing

​Affordable Housing Overview

       In 1992, the Florida State Legislature approved the William E. Sadowski Affordable Housing Act, creating the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) in order to support and expand the availability of affordable housing resources within the State.  In 1993, the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners established the local Affordable Housing Advisory committee, in accordance with Florida Statute, Chapter 420.976, to meet statutory requirements for the planning, implementation, and receipt of affordable housing funds.  For Affordable Housing Information and Definitions see Florida Statute, Chapter 420, Part V and Florida Statute, Chapter 420.503

Affordable Advisory Committee

       The Nassau County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. in the Commission Chambers located at 96135 Nassau Place, Yulee, FL 32097.  Meetings are open to the public.

Latest AHAC Resources and Topics of Discussion

Who needs affordable housing?

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: “Families who pay more than 30 percent of their income for housing are considered cost burdened and may have difficulty affording necessities such as food, clothing, transportation and medical care. An estimated 12 million renter and homeowner households now pay more than 50 percent of their annual incomes for housing. A family with one full-time worker earning the minimum wage cannot afford the local fair-market rent for a two-bedroom apartment anywhere in the United States.”  For more, check out their website.

Affordable Housing Information and Resources

​AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that empowers people to choose how they live as they age.  AARP Livable Communities supports the efforts of neighborhoods, towns, cities, and rural areas to be great places for people of all ages.  The organization believes that communities should provide safe, walkable streets; age-friendly housing and transportation options; access to needed services; and opportunities for residents of all ages to participate in community life.
​Check out AARP HomeFit Downloads and Worksheets.

Affordable Housing Online
Affordable Housing Online provides information about housing assistance, low income apartments, and other affordable housing opportunities.  They offer information on individual apartment communities that receive Federal housing funding.  To locate affordable (rental) housing communities, please use the link above and search by city. 

Barnabas Nassau
​​Barnabas Nassau is a comprehensive service center that helps neighbors in crisis so they can become healthy, productive citizens.  Through their partnerships, they reach more people and maximize resources.  They address critical issues facing the community, such as hunger affordable health care, and prevention of homelessness.  The organization's mission is to provide assistance to individuals and families in crisis throughout Nassau County, FL.

Fernandina Beach Housing Authority
The Fernandina Beach Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Agency.  Contact Information: 
​ 1300 Hickory Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.
​Phone - (904) 261-5051 

Florida Housing Coalition​​
The Florida Housing Coalition, Inc., is a nonprofit, statewide membership organization whose mission is to bring together housing advocates and resources so that all Floridians have a quality affordable home and suitable living environment.  The Coalition recognizes that affordable housing is an integral part of community revitalization and economic development.  It provides professional consultation services through training and technical assistance on affordable housing and related issues; supports community-based partnerships in leveraging resources; and advocates for policies, programs and use of funding resources that maximize the availability and improve the quality of affordable housing in Florida.​

Nassau Habitat for Humanity​
​Nassau Habitat for Humanity (N.H.F.H.) is a local volunteer organization.  It is run by a local board of directors who raise funds; select families, building sites and house plans; supervise construction and administer the mortgages.  N.H.F.H. began in 1993.  In 2016, Nassau Habitat completed its 40th home.  Homes are built for families meeting requirements outlined by the organization.  Donations and volunteer labor finance construction.  The homes are sold at cost to qualified families through an interest free mortgage issued by N.H.F.H.

SHIP - Affordable Housing Program
​​Nassau County's SHIP division coordinates the administration of the County's affordable housing program to ensure optimal citizen participation, program efficiency, and effectiveness pursuant to federal, state, and local housing policies, procedures, and regulations.  The SHIP program provides affordable housing assistance to very low-, low-, and moderate- income families who meet all of the requirements listed on the website.  Applications are only available when funding is available.  Please use the link above for program contact information.

UF Shimberg Center for Housing Studies
​​The Shimberg Center facilitates the provision of safe, decent, and affordable housing and related community development throughout the state of Florida.  The Center conducts research into housing policy and planning, with a special focus on housing affordability for Florida residents.  Their current research focuses on documenting housing market conditions and affordable housing in Florida's counties, cities and neighborhoods; preserving Florida's affordable rental housing; linking affordable housing with land use and transportation through GIS modeling; and supporting the development of energy efficient and healthy homes.
​Questions, suggestions, and comments are always welcome. 
​Feedback can be given to the Planning and Economic Opportunity Department by:
​Phone - (904)530-6300
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