The SJHP is fortunate to have strong partnerships with a variety of public and private entities.
St. Johns County Housing and Community Services Division, and Health and Human Services partners with the SJHP for a variety of contractual services including:
- For over 20 years, the SJHP has partnered with the County with various funding sources to provide home repair services, small and large, that focus on improving sub-standard housing conditions for local homeowners. It’s important to maintain and improve the existing housing stock in every community, with efforts that focus on lowering maintenance costs and improving accessibility.
- In 2005 the SJHP developed a 36 home subdivision in West Augustine into an award-winning single-family subdivision called The Hancock Place. Every home was concrete block, Energy Star rated, and most went through a green certification program with the Florida Green Building Coalition.
- St Johns County was the first funding source for a credit counseling program that began with financial literacy and advocacy against predatory lending practices, grew to include a first-time home-buyer 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
Weatherization is a funded program from the US Department of Energy-funded through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Click for more Information
The SJHP is recognized as one of the “high performers” in the state weatherization network, using specialized equipment such as infrared cameras, gas monoxors and blower doors to quantify improvements that focus on energy conservation. Services are provided to local homeowners in both St Johns and Clay County. The Weatherization program provides a cost-effective analysis, similar to the Energy Star program, that evaluates the least expensive way to reduce the home’s electric bill
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 City of St. Augustine- Lift Up Lincolnville
Lincolnville CRA funds have supported home repair services for many local neighborhood homeowners. The program assists with both health and safety improvements and exterior improvements, such as painting and landscaping.
The SJHP has enjoyed the support of numerous foundations, both local and regional over the years; and Buckingham Smith Benevolent Association for emergency home repairs, along with Wachovia/Wells Fargo Foundation and TIAA Bank
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.
The SJHP is eternally grateful to the wide variety of community support that has increased our impact over the years. 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, BB&T Bank, Wells Fargo, The Home Depot Store, Elder Source, Lowes, Sertoma, Rotary, Lions Club and many local church groups.
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 and the USDA 504 program continually provides grants that are critical to leveraging other funds necessary for some of the rehab efforts for local homeowners. The SJHP owns two USDA multi-family properties for seniors, Southern Villas in St Augustine, and St Johns River Apartments in Palatka.