Neighborhood Housing Initiative

Neighborhood Housing Initiatives

Neighborhood Improvement Services (formerly Community Engagement) is building neighborhoods, not just houses. As part of the Clean and Green Jacksonville Initiative the Neighborhood Improvement Services staff seeks to create public-private partnerships with qualified builders for the development of City-owned vacant lots for the construction of attractive, affordable single-family housing. The subject properties are located in neighborhoods throughout the City.

For example, In downtown Jacksonville, you can live within walking distance of Wilson Bay and the New River with public boat access or stroll through scenic parks and to downtown shops and restaurants. The Neighborhood Housing Initiative is part of Jacksonville's Downtown Master Plan for revitalization.

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2023-NeighborhoodHousingInitiative-flyer Opens in new windowThe Neighborhood Housing Initiative is a special opportunity for homebuyers to save and be a part of the City’s revitalization efforts. Down payment assistance is available to qualified buyers.


Prices are affordable, averaging $180,000, and the homes are custom built including front porches, upgraded finishing touches as well as professionally landscaped yards.

If you are interested in purchasing a home in Jacksonville and earn less than 80% of the area’s median income, then this opportunity is for you! For example, if you are a family of four with a household income less than $56,200 you may qualify! Income qualifications change annually and are adjusted with family size. Homebuyers must complete an 8-hour homebuyer education course. For more information call 910 938-5286.

If You Don’t Qualify

There are still many opportunities to purchase your own home. Check with your local Realtor or bank to see what is available.

Check the Income Limit for HUD (Housing and Urban Development) to see if you qualify for assistance.