Housing & Community Services

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The Back to Business Grant Application closed at 5 PM on June 1, 2020.
All applicants will be informed of the status of their application, as soon as funding decisions have been finalized. We apologize for the delay. If further assistance is needed, you may send an email to: btb@sjcfl.us.   Small Business Recovery Program

Update on 2020-2021 Applications & Funding – Issued April 29, 2020.

Small Business Recovery Program – A CDBG-Funded Small Business Recovery Program is designed to mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis.  Creating this program involves amendments to the Citizen Participation Plan, 2016-2020 Consolidated Plan, and 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan. Small Business Recovery Program

SHIP FY 2019 Annual Report – The 2019 Annual SHIP Report is complete and available for public review. SHIP FY 2019 Annual Report

2020 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) – St. Johns County anticipates receiving Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for the 2020-2021 Federal Fiscal Year. 2020 CDBG Details

Notice of Availability of SHIP Funds – St. Johns County is estimated to receive $434,855.00 through the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Program during Fiscal Year 2019-2020 (July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020). The County's Local Housing Assistance Plan includes assistance strategies designed to increase homeownership opportunities and preserve the housing stock. Notice of Availability of SHIP Funds

St Johns County Housing Counseling Program is granted HUD (Housing and Urban Development) Approval as a certified Housing Counseling Program.  For the past several years St Johns County Health and Human Services has been moving forward to provide St Johns County residents the availability of housing and credit counseling based on HUD (Housing and Urban Development) standards. In December of 2018, the Department received this approval.  If you like more information on the program, or to register, please visit Housing and Financial Counseling Program or contact Ginny Campbell, HUD Certified Counselor at (904) 209-6146 or vcampbell@sjcfl.us.

Our Mission

The Housing & Community Services Division is responsible for the promotion, development, preservation and administration of affordable housing programs, initiatives and policies in St. Johns County. These programs are designed for both single family, multifamily households and developers. Housing & Community Services also assists with related community development issues such as utilities, roads and zoning.

Housing & Community Services Divisions & Information

Affordable Housing
Everyone deserves affordable housing. However, as the cost of housing rises, many of us are forced to pay more than we can really afford. People you rely on — teachers, bank tellers, police officers, firefighters, nurses, waiters, and even many young professionals — may need assistance with housing. Various resources are available to those who wish to live in St Johns County.

Housing and Financial Counseling Program
The St. Johns County Housing and Financial Counseling Program is designed to help you overcome the potential obstacles first-time homebuyers encounter and connect you with resources that will help turn your dream of owning your own home into a reality.

Community Development Block Grant
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. The CDBG entitlement program allocates annual grants to larger cities and urban counties to develop viable communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and opportunities to expand economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.

State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP)
Florida Housing administers the State Housing Initiatives Partnership program (SHIP), which provides funds to local governments as an incentive to create partnerships that produce and preserve affordable homeownership and multifamily housing. The program was designed to serve very low, low and moderate income families.

Rehabilitation Program
The Rehabilitation Program is intended to alleviate immediate and potential housing problems, thus preventing further damage to the structure while allowing the occupants to continue residing in their homes. Code, safety and health issues are paramount.

St. Johns Housing Partnership
P.O. Box 1086, St. Augustine, FL 32085
P: (904) 824-0902   |  F: (904) 824-9635  |  E: info@sjhp.org
www.sjhp.org

Housing Finance Authority
The Housing Finance Authority of St. Johns County issues tax-exempt and taxable bonds for affordable multifamily housing and single family mortgages.

Community Redevelopment
The St. Johns County Community Redevelopment Agency was established to promote, coordinate and fund a variety of residential and commercial redevelopment efforts in three community redevelopment areas.