HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF JACKSONVILLE (HABIJAX) ANNOUNCES GENEROUS DONATION TO BUILD TINY HOUSE COMMUNITY
Jacksonville, FL (August 4, 2020) – Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville, Inc. (HabiJax), through a generous donation from Delores Barr Weaver, will build a tiny house community on Navaho Avenue in Jacksonville’s Lackawanna neighborhood. This development, the first of its kind in Duval County, is made possible by a grant from the Delores Barr Weaver HabiJax Tiny House Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. This is the realization of Mrs. Weaver’s innovative vision to pave the way into a new era of affordable housing.
The community will consist of 50 beautifully designed, 500 square foot houses, all with a front porch facing one of four courtyards. These houses will be affordable rental units available to one and two person households. HabiJax remains committed to providing homeownership opportunities, yet we realize there is a tremendous need for affordable housing options. This development will be owned and managed by a separate affiliated entity, Navaho HRDC, LLC.
“Every benchmark to improving lives starts with having a roof over one’s head,” noted Delores Barr Weaver. “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.”
“I am grateful that Mary Kay and her team shared this vision with me and I am excited to help make it happen,” she added.
“HabiJax is thrilled to be a part of this amazing new venture,” stated Mary Kay O’Rourke. “This pandemic has truly exposed and heightened the housing crisis our country is facing, and we must continue to find inventive ways to address the growing need. There aren’t enough words to express our gratitude to Mrs. Weaver for her generosity in providing people a better place to live and to The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida for their support.”
About Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville, Inc. (HabiJax):
Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville, also known as HabiJax, was founded, in 1988 and has become the largest non-profit affordable homeownership provider in Duval County. HabiJax is considered to be one of the most successful Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the United States, having provided homeownership opportunities and other housing services to more than 2,300 families. In addition, HabiJax is an advocate for affordable housing and fair housing policies and provides workshops and other trainings to help families improve their housing conditions.
About The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida
Now in its 56th year, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida (www.jaxcf.org) is Florida’s oldest and largest community foundation. The Foundation works to stimulate philanthropy to build a better community – helping donors invest their philanthropic gifts wisely, helping nonprofits serve the region effectively, and helping people come together to make the community a better place. Created in 1964, the Foundation has assets of $482 million and has made approximately $550 million in grants since inception.