Jacksonville Mayor, Council members visit Fairway Oaks HOA, site of sinking homes

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities As I explained in a previous blog HabiJax Fairway Oaks homes built on top of former landfill, in 2000, an affordable housing project was constructed upon land acquired for $1, by Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville (HabiJax), with partial funding provided thorough the Jacksonville Housing Authority. The homes are affordable, but not free. Each homeowner is obligated to pay a 25-year mortgage, which began in 2000 when the homes were Continue ReadingJacksonville Mayor, Council members visit Fairway Oaks HOA, site of sinking homes

HabiJax Fairway Oaks homes built on top of former landfill

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities As the saying goes, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. Could the Public-Private Partnership between Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville (HabiJax), the Housing Authority, and the City of Jacksonville, Florida, be an example of good intentions gone wrong? Back in 2000, HabiJax built 85 homes for households in need, on land purchased from the city for $1. The community was created as an affordable housing initiative, and Continue ReadingHabiJax Fairway Oaks homes built on top of former landfill