CDBG Rehabilitation and Replacement Housing Program
The City of Fernandina Beach was awarded a Florida Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to carry out a Owner-Occupied Single-Family Rehabilitation or Replacement Housing Program. The Program is designed to assist very low-, low-, and moderate- income homeowners with needed repairs and who meet other criteria as required by the Program. March 2015 - The program is no longer accepting applications.
The City completed ten housing rehabilitations: five demolition/rebuild and five rehabilitations, as part of the Community Development Block Grant program funded through the Department of Economic Opportunity. Rehabilitations consisted of improvements to hard features such as doors, windows, roofs, mechanical systems (HVAC), appliance replacement, plumbing systems, bathroom accessibility features, electrical systems, and weatherization. Applicants whose homes could not be rehabilitated received an entirely new replacement house of equal size and number of bed/baths.
Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville donated building plans to the City for the new construction homes and slight modifications were made to improve natural light via window design, energy efficiency via mechanical equipment, appliances and insulation, and interior sense of space using vaulted ceilings throughout and removal of walls to create open floor plans. The successful bidder for all five new construction homes was CBI Construction, and they completed each project in around 60 days. Four of the new homes were completed on July 31, 2014 and the last one on January 23, 2015.
The program was implemented during 2013 and 2014. All applicants met certain eligibility guidelines related to household income, residency and ownership requirements, and property taxes. While the program is complete and the City is no longer taking applications for assistance, the City is referring interested parties to the United States Department of Agriculture, who is offering similar services through grants and low interest loans year round.
How do I apply for Assistance?
The City's CDBG program is no longer accepting applications. For information on programs available through the USDA, please click the following links:
Rural Housing Service
For questions or to register a complaint regarding:
Section 504 or Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Contact: Rex Lester
Title: Maintenance Manager
Fair Housing or Housing Discrimination
Title: Planning Director
Equal Employment Opportunity
Contact: Teresa Bryan
Title: Human Resources Generalist