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Jacksonville Nonprofit Takes Aim at Affordable Housing with Tiny Home Community

August 09, 2020

By Will Robinson  – Reporter, Jacksonville Business Journal

The Delores Barr Weaver HabiJax Tiny House Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida is making a $5.5 million donation to Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville Inc. to develop the city's first tiny house community. The project in Lackawanna, a neighborhood west of downtown, will consist of 50 homes of 500 square feet that are meant to provide affordable rental housing. Each home will have a porch facing one of four courtyards.

“Every benchmark to improving lives starts with having a roof over one’s head,” Delores Barr Weaver said in a statement. “I have long been intrigued by tiny houses and glad this concept will answer one piece of the affordable housing crisis Jacksonville faces. This is a unique opportunity for individuals to gain that first foothold as they pursue economic stability, and could potentially change their lives forever.”

HabiJax CEO Mary O'Rourke said the project was all the more needed in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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