The SJHP is fortunate to have strong partnerships with a number of varied entities:
St. Johns County Housing and Community Services Division, and Health and Human Services relies on the SJHP for a variety of contractual services including:
- Managing a housing rehab program, through the provision of client intakes, income verification, inspections, and construction management services.
- Developing a 7 acre tract of land in a Community Redevelopment area into an award winning single family subdivision called The Hancock Place.
- Developed a Financial Counseling Program that began with financial literacy, grew to include a first time homebuyer education component, and then implemented one of the most successful foreclosure prevention programs in the state of Florida.
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Weatherization program
The SJHP is recognized as one of the “high performers” in the state weatherization network, expanding from an initial goal of weatherizing 8 homes per month, to now reaching a combined 100 homes per month in Clay and SJC. Additionally, the DEO funded the SJHP to create a multi-family weatherization program in July of 2011, charged with weatherizing multi-family properties in 20 counties in North Florida.
The United Way
Since 1998, the United Way has funded and recognized the SJHP as a leading advocate for housing issues, including creating community service projects for volunteer initiatives.
The SJHP has enjoyed the support of several local foundations over the years; the Brooks Health Foundation (constructing wheelchair ramps), the Sontag Foundation (financial literacy), and Buckingham Smith Benevolent Association for emergency home repairs, along with Wachovia/Wells Fargo.
Florida Housing Finance Corporation
The SJHP accessed several sources of FHFC funding during the development of the Hancock Place. The Pre-Development Loan Program and down payment funds through the State Housing Initiative Partnerships (SHIP) funds were critical to the success. Additionally, the FHFC has used the SJHP’s success story of creating homes that are both Energy Star and green certified homes, as an example of “best practice” for affordable housing efforts.
St. Johns Builders Council, N.E.FL Association of Realtors, St. Johns County Council on Aging, St. Augustine and St. Johns County Board of Realtors, St. Johns County Legal Aid, Flagler College, St. Johns River State College, Trinity Episcopal Parish, the St. Johns County School District, University of Florida/IFAS program, and the Florida Green Building Coalition, Bank of St. Augustine, BB&T Bank, Wells Fargo, Prosperity Bank, First Atlantic, The Home Depot Store
USDA and HUD
The USDA and HUD state offices have relied on the SJHP to explain weatherization and green building programs to their affiliates. Federal programs now incorporate energy efficiency or green building concepts into their funding requirements and the state staff have partnered with the SJHP to share that information with interested parties. The USDA Single Family Direct Loan program was a critical part of the financing success for The Hancock Place.
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