Community Engagement & Development

Jacksonville Community Engagement & Development seeks to identify opportunities to enhance communications and engagement with citizens and foster livable neighborhoods in all residential areas of the City of Jacksonville

Jacksonville is an "Entitlement City," receiving annual Community Development Block Grant funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These federal dollars translates into assistance for Jacksonville's Citizens looking to rent, buy or maintain a home; supports nonprofit organizations seeking to provide public services; and is to make improvements to public facilities and infrastructure.

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To achieve mission goals, the City has established a Community Engagement Advisory Committee and a Community Development subcommittee, where Citizens work to help the City improve services and programs. Advisory Committee application forms are available online.

Community Engagement & Development offers  programs including 'Homebuyer Education Classes', 'Money Management Sessions', 'Educational Opportunities for NonProfits in Onslow' and more. For upcoming programs Open to the Public, please see the City Calendar of Events or call 910 938-5286.

Affordable Housing

Local and county resources for home ownership, rental, repair, and assistance.

Fair Housing

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Federal Fair Housing Law) prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or disability.

The City of Jacksonville, Community Engagement Department has been authorized and directed to receive complaints of alleged acts of housing discrimination within the City of Jacksonville. Complaints must be received in person or in written form (PDF) by the Community Engagement office within 90 days of the alleged incident.

Annual Reports

How are we doing? The Community Engagement Annual Reports details the activities and programs administered by the City Community Engagement Department.


The City is committed to eliminating slum and blight conditions, making way for growth and development initiatives.

Neighborhood Housing Initiative

The Community Engagement Department partners with local builders for the development of City-owned vacant lots for the construction of attractive, affordable single-family housing throughout the City. This initiative is a special opportunity for qualifying homebuyers to purchase a custom built home at affordable prices. Prices average $150,000. See a gallery of house plans and downtown images.

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Housing Assistance

Housing Assistance programs offered by the City of Jacksonville.

  • Homebuyer’s Education Course
  • Home Ownership Assistance
  • Housing Rehabilitation

Neighborhood Planning

Community Engagement meets and plans with communities throughout the city to determine needs and plans for action to build better resources for access, open spaces, pedestrian friendly routes and safe neighborhoods.