Essential 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

​For more information on how our SHIP program may be able to assist you, visit our SHIP page. Funding is available through SHIP for down payment assistance and housing construction and rehabilitation/repairs. Our SHIP administrator can discuss options and eligibility with you.
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Essential Housing Advisory Committee

The Nassau County Essential Housing Advisory Committee (EHAC) 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. The EHAC is a requirement of participating in the state SHIP program, but our EHAC is exploring all issues related to housing in Nassau County, understanding that housing is a complex issue. The committee is looking at a variety of methods for addressing a spectrum of housing issues impacting our residents.

​On May 15, 2019, the members of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee elected to rename the Committee the "Essential Housing Advisory Committee," in recognition that their work encompasses a spectrum of housing issues and directly relates to the essential nature of housing in providing for residents' health and well-being.

​​Latest EHAC Resources and Topics of Discussion
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Who needs affordable housing?

According to the U.S. Dept. 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

Did you know...

​Multigenerational households have reached record levels according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. Around 64 million Americans, or 20 percent of the population, were living in homes with grandparents, grandchildren, or two or more adult generations in 2016. The trend has seen an uptick since 1980, Pew says, with a three percent increase since 2009, the last year of the recession.
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