Jacksonville and Duval County low income housing and shelters.

Jacksonville Florida area non-profits and government agencies offer transitional housing programs to the working poor and homeless. The centers serve residents across Duval County. Resources range from short term, emergency shelter to help in finding and moving into more permanent homes and apartments. The demand for these services are very high and the organizations will try to support as many people as possible.

The programs do focus as well on homeless prevention and self-sufficiency. After all, those are the keys to remain in housing over the long term. Some clients will be able to work with a case manager and access services such as job training, life skills, and credit counseling. These skills are the key to sustaining housing over the long term. Many of the Duval County agencies can also provide referrals to financial assistance, such as security deposit assistance and programs to pay first month’s rent.

If you are facing eviction or currently homeless in the Jacksonville Florida area, the programs below may be able to assist. Thousands of local families receive assistance from these shelters and transitional housing units. They are there to help low income and unemployed residents.

Arbor House
Mailing address - PO Box 12363
Gainesville, Florida 32604
Telephone number is (352) 371-2229
The non-profit is a learning and community based organization for homeless single-mother families. It can offer them access to long term housing and other assistance programs, including self-sufficiency.

IM Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless
611 E Adams St.
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Phone: (904) 359-0457

Chosen Vessel
Main address - 4545-3 Shirley Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32210
Dial (904) 312-0728 for intake.
Shelter and transitional housing for ex-offenders and also homeless individuals. Individuals can access job training, life skills, free food, and gain a clean and safe living environment. Bus tickets, clothing closet, and outreach is offered too.




Community Connections of Jacksonville, Inc. / Florence N. Davis Center
327 E Duval St.
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Call 350-9949
Low income housing is available to those facing an emergency.

Nia Transitional Housing Program
327 E. Duval St
Jacksonville, FL 32203
Telephone - (904) 786-6886
Families with children that are being evicted or are homeless can receive housing and other supportive services. Also meet with case managers to get help in locating, finding, and paying the rent on permanent housing or apartments in Duval County.

Gateway Community Services, Inc. / Alumni House
900 Bridier Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32206
Dial (904) 354-0835

New Beginnings Transition House
Jacksonville, FL 32210

Independence Village of Gateway Community Services, Inc.
(904) 354-0835
This is housing for those recovering from substance abuse and related challenges.

Gateway Services, Inc. - PSH Phase 1  Independence Village
900 Bridier Street
Jacksonville, FL 32206
A Drug Related Recovery Homes/Halfway House.

Liberty Center for the Homeless
Location is 941 N Liberty Street
Jacksonville, FL 32206
Telephone number - (904) 353-0446
Addresses the immediate needs of the low income, poor, and homeless in Duval County. The room and housing provided will have a bed with bottom storage shelves, desk and clothing rack. Free meals, food stamp coupons and / or cash donations are offered too, as well as information on job training.





Liberty Center for the Homeless
600 N Washington Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
This housing center is for women, and will offer them transitional housing.

Safety Shelter of St. Johns Co., Inc. - Betty Griffin House
Main address: 1375 Arapaho Ave
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
Main phone number is 824-1555
Shelter and short term housing for victims of domestic violence and their children. Safe, emergency shelter, group and individual counseling, legal advocacy, and community education is offered. Get information on security deposit and rent programs too.

The City Rescue Mission, Inc.
426 S McDuff Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32254
Dial 387-4357

The House of Refuge Ministries, Inc.
Address: 2137 Liberty Street
Jacksonville, FL 32206
Main number - (904) 354-2233
The center provides affordable, low income housing for single men re-entering the community from the Florida prison system. Also offers food items, referrals, free clothes closet and organizational payee services, such as SSA & SSI.

Mission House
800 Shetter Ave
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Phone: (904) 241-6767




The Salvation Army NEFL Area Command / Social Services
900 West Adams St
Jacksonville, FL 32204
Primary telephone - (904) 356-8641
Provides short term shelter for the homeless. People facing eviction may look into emergency financial assistance. Also work with a case manager on finding affordable homes and apartments to live in, including government subsidized apartments and the section 8 program. The Red Shield Lodge is also available, as well as housing for senior citizens.

Volunteers of America Florida
6810 St. Augustine Road
Jacksonville, Florida 32217
(904) 731-0441
The national agency offers supportive housing for homeless veterans and people that are mentally ill. Other services include hotel/motel vouchers, independent and living skills and case management. Transitional housing options are widely available.

Youth Crisis Center / Touchstone Village
(904) 805-0850


By Jon McNamara

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