Community Engagement & Development
Jacksonville Community Engagement & Development seeks to identify opportunities to enhance communications and engagement with citizens and foster livable neighborhoods in all residential areas of the City of Jacksonville.
The City of Jacksonville, Community Engagement Department will hold a series of meetings to receive Citizen input on the City’s Fair Housing Plan and Five Year Consolidated Plan which specifies how federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds should be spent during the next 5 years. HUD provides CDBG funds to communities for a number of uses including affordable housing, community facilities and public services, slum and blight removal and economic opportunities, primarily to benefit low and moderate income persons and households. Take Our Survey and help make decisions for the 5 Year Consolidated Plan. Thank you for your valuable input. Attend a public Meeting. See Meeting Schedule
Jacksonville is an "Entitlement City," receiving annual Community Development Block Grant funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These federal dollars translates into assistance for Jacksonville's Citizens looking to rent, buy or maintain a home; supports nonprofit organizations seeking to provide public services; and is to make improvements to public facilities and infrastructure.
To achieve mission goals, the City has established a Community Engagement Advisory Committee and a Community Development subcommittee, where Citizens work to help the City improve services and programs. Advisory Committee application forms are available online.
Community Engagement & Development offers programs including homebuyer education classes, money management seminars, educational opportunities for Onslow County non profits and more. For upcoming programs open to the public, please see the City Calendar of Events or call 910 938-5286.
Local and county resources for home ownership, rental, repair, and assistance.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Federal Fair Housing Law) prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or disability.
The City of Jacksonville, Community Engagement Department has been authorized and directed to receive complaints of alleged acts of housing discrimination within the City of Jacksonville. Complaints must be received in person or in written form (PDF) by the Community Engagement office within 90 days of the alleged incident.
How are we doing? The Community Engagement Annual Reports details the activities and programs administered by the City Community Engagement Department.
The City is committed to eliminating slum and blight conditions, making way for growth and development initiatives.
The Community Engagement Department partners with local builders for the development of City-owned vacant lots for the construction of attractive, affordable single-family housing throughout the City. This initiative is a special opportunity for qualifying homebuyers to purchase a custom built home at affordable prices. Prices average $150,000. See a gallery of house plans and downtown images.
Housing Assistance programs offered by the City of Jacksonville:
- Homebuyer’s Education Course
- Home Ownership Assistance
- Housing Rehabilitation
Community Engagement meets and plans with communities throughout the city to determine needs and plans for action to build better resources for access, open spaces, pedestrian friendly routes and safe neighborhoods.