Housing & Community Resilience


Summary of Services

Housing and Community Resilience

The Housing and Community Resilience Department directs the City's sustainability, resilience, human services, housing, and code enforcement functions. These functions are all crucial to ensuring the integrity of neighborhoods, increasing homeownership, and providing opportunities for social mobility. The department accomplishes these goals through a variety of federal, state, and local resources and in collaboration with community partners.


Housing

  • Using strategic policymaking toward land use and programming to leverage more than $18 million in federal, state, and local dollars to complete or begin the construction of approximately 3,000 certified affordable housing units. This is more than the number of affordable units built in the last 25 years combined.
  • Keeping nearly 3,600 people in their homes over the past five years through programs like down payment assistance, façade repairs, home rehabilitation, and homelessness prevention.
  • Investing a total of $49.5 million into affordable housing efforts over the last five years.
  • Providing pathways to increase homeownership with homebuyer counseling and first-time home buyers' down payment assistance.
  • Working with allocations from HUD (The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development), the city has developed strategic plans that identify the overall housing and community development needs by acquiring funds for the Community Development Block Grant, the HOME Investments Partnerships Program Grant, and the Emergency Solutions Grant.
  • This year, the Commission approved City Sponsorship of Habitat for Humanity Homes, which included the expenditure of $255,000 and the donation of three city-owned parcels for the construction of three affordable single-family homes. To date, the City has invested over $1 million and helped build 17 new homes through the partnership.
  • Assisting in maintaining historic properties through a grant and loan program to restore and rehabilitate eligible historic structures listed in the national or local register of historic places.


Human Services

  • Co-coordinating the Tallahassee Emergency Assessment Mobile Unit (TEAM) with the Tallahassee Police Department (TPD). In this program, licensed mental health professionals and police officers respond to nonviolent 9-1-1 calls for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. A paramedic is available on call for necessary situations. This program is comprised of three units and operates 18 hours a day to serve the community.
  • Contracting with over 40 local human and social service agencies to provide direct services for children and families, at-risk youth, after-school programs, homelessness prevention, food programs, medical care for low-income and homeless populations, essential living services, and senior services programs.
  • Tallahassee Engaged in Meaningful Productivity for Opportunity (TEMPO) is connecting youth to essential services, enabling vocational education opportunities, and connecting youth to workforce training through short-term apprenticeships with local organizations.
    • TEMPO, which currently serves more than 2,600 participants, 198 of whom have obtained a GED certificate; 496 of whom have enrolled in a technical college or higher education; 232 of whom are now gainfully employed; and with a 0% recidivism rate among participants.
  • Through the approval of $290,000 for Tallahassee Future Leadership Academy (TFLA), an award-winning program, the Commission and department are supporting the enhancement of current youth employment program(s) and developing inclusionary initiatives for in-school and out-of-school youth and award-winning summer youth employment program that has engaged nearly 1,100 youth to date.
  • Collaborating with TPD and PRNA on the Neighborhood Public Safety Initiative (NPSI) and Neighborhood First Program to increase active community participation in safer neighborhoods.
    • Neighborhoods are currently in various stages of the planning process in Greater Bond, Griffin Heights, Frenchtown, Providence, & South City.
  • Partnering with TPD and nonprofits in the community such as Boys Town and Capital City Youth Services to address gun violence. Additionally, the City has invested $7.8 million in wrap-around public safety initiatives including TEMPO, TFLA, TEAM, neighborhood safety programs, gun violence mitigation, the Real Time Crime Center, and the Council on the Status of Men and Boys. This will bring the total invested in these programs to $39.3 million since FY18.

Resilience

Leading the development of the Community Resilience Plan, the Housing Department is aiming to use intentional problem-solving to make our city stronger for the benefit of all residents. The plans overarching goals are designed to make Tallahassee better equipped for addressing current and future challenges:

  1. Public Safety and Preparedness:

Increasing capability to withstand major disruptions and the capacity to recover and return to normalcy as quickly as possible by investing in the work of first responders and investing ‘upstream’ and ‘downstream’ to reduce public safety vulnerabilities like mental health services and environmental design.


2. Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation

Reducing the damaging impact of natural and man-made threats by investing in sustainable and resilient design and construction and seeking to address activities that negatively impact the environment while exacerbating the severity of climate events.


3. Equity and Social Cohesion

Reducing gaps in equal access to opportunities and addressing disproportionate economic hardships by addressing the digital divide, advancing food security, expanding public transportation, investing in social cohesion programs, and supporting fiscal and housing stability.


4. Planning and Integration

Identifying risks and vulnerabilities for the city. Developing plans and working with community partners to drive research-based innovation, economic development, and entrepreneurial partnerships.



FY24

The department has 42.00 full-time equivalent (FTE) and 14 temporary employees. Community Housing & Human Services and Sustainability & Community Preservation, were consolidated and renamed to Housing & Community Resilience, then Housing and Community Resilience absorbed the Community Services Department, bringing complementary functions closer for FY23.



Click here for the Housing Services website.


Click here for the Human Services website.


Click here for the Community Resilience Plan webpage.


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