Housing Assistance and Referral Program

Connecting the community to safe, affordable, and accessible housing

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Housing Assistance and Referral Program (HARP)

The Housing Assistance and Referral Program (HARP) provides referrals to apartment complexes to help people with disabilities find safe, affordable, and accessible housing.

ELIGIBILITY

To request a referral to an apartment complex from CIL Jacksonville, individuals must be:

  1. A person with a disability *;
  2. A current resident of Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, or St. Johns Counties;
  3. A person or household with Extremely Low Income (ELI)**;
  4. Receiving community-based services from CIL Jacksonville at the time of the referral;
  5. Prepared to live in an independent living environment; and
  6. Able to pay the determined rent and other costs for the available Extremely Low-Income (ELI) unit.

* Florida Statute 420.0004 (7) defines a “Disabling condition” as a means a diagnosable substance abuse disorder, serious mental illness, developmental disability, or chronic physical illness or disability, or the co-occurrence of two or more of these conditions, and a determination that the condition is: (a) Expected to be of long-continued and indefinite duration; and (b) Not expected to impair the ability of the person with special needs to live independently. Click here to view Florida Statute 420.0004 (7).

** The Florida Housing Finance Corporation defines Extremely Low Income (ELI) as a "household of one or more persons wherein the annual adjusted gross income for the Family is equal to or below the percentage of area median income". Click here to view ELI by County.

Please note: Apartment complexes have long waitlists and availability changes regularly. Apartments may have specific age requirements. CIL Jacksonville only serves as a referral agency and does not guarantee or provide housing.

Housing Referral Form

Complete the following information. For alternate forms or assistance, please contact us.

WAITLIST STATUS : FULL

(Updated 7/25/2022)

Due to an overwhelming response to our Housing Assistance and Referral Program, our waiting list is full. We appreciate your patience as we work on placing those who are already on the list. During this time we are also actively seeking more housing options for those in need. Our website will be updated when we reopen the program. 

Frequently Asked Questions

I am homeless, how do I find help?

Contact Quest for assistance with rapid rehousing. Quest staff also assist clients with obtaining documentation needed to qualify for housing programs.

Physical Location: 

611 East Adams St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

Mailing Address: 

301 North Catherine St., Jacksonville, FL 32202   

Phone: (904) 358-2411

Fax: (904) 358-2448

Program Hours:  Monday through Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Walk-In Hours: Monday through Friday, or as needed: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

How do I apply for low income public housing/Section 8?

For instructions and application, click here. If you have a disability and need assistance with completing this application, please contact us for an appointment.  

Where are area shelters? 

 New Life Inn

234 W. State Street

904-353-5565

 Trinity Rescue Mission

622 Union Street

904-355-1205

 Salvation Army Lodge

900 W. Adams Street

904-356-8641

 I.M. Sulzbacher Center

611 E. Adams Street

904-359-0457

Where can I find assistance to prevent eviction?:

Utility Bills / Rent

 N.E.FLA. Community Action Agency

Call Fridays at 8am

Kennedy Center 

904-301-2812, or 904-301-2813

Emmett Reed Center 

904-301-2816, or 904-301-2817

 City Welfare

1809 Art Museum Dr.

Call Daily at 9:30am

904-858-2994

 Catholic Charities Bureau

134 E. Church Street

Call Tuesday thru Friday 9:00am

904-354-3416

 Downtown Ecumenical Services

Call Monday 8:30am

215 Ocean Street

904-358-7955

 Jewish Family & Community Services

Call Monday (Bills)

Call Wednesday (deposits) 9:00am

904-448-1933

Where can I find assistance for food insecurity?

Food Pantries

 Downtown Ecumenical Services

215 Ocean Street

904-358-7955

 Salvation Army

Tues. & Thurs. 7:00am

900 W. Adams Street

904-355-5239

 Jewish Family & Community Services 

Tues. & Thurs. 1pm-3pm

6261 Dupont Station Court, E

Meals

 Clara White Mission

Mon. – Wed. 11:30am-1pm

613 W. Ashley Street

 Salvation Army Canteen

900 W. Adams Street

6:00pm

Attention Landlords and Property Managers

Do you have safe, affordable, and accessible housing available to rent? Contact our team.

Housing Task Force

In 2016, CIL Jacksonville created a task force to fight the disparities in housing for people with disabilities. The Housing Task Force is made of individuals and partners who advocate for the rights for safe, affordable, accessible housing in Northeast Florida. If you would like to join the Housing Task Force, contact our team.

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