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Neighborhood Stabilization Program

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About NSP

The Meridian Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) was established through the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 in an effort to combat some of the challenges associated with a declining economy and escalating foreclosure rates. Alachua County was awarded funding under this program through the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to acquire and rehabilitate single-family units in designated areas of the County.

Rental Homes

Meridian Behavioral Healthcare owns five (5) rental homes that were purchased using Neighborhood Stabilization program funds to provide affordable housing opportunities for Very Low Income persons and/or households.  NSP homes have been fully rehabilitated and brought to housing code by licensed and insured contractors. Housing Choice vouchers accepted.
NE 20th Avenue Gainesville 4 1.5 8
NE 44th Street Gainesville 2 1 4
NE 21st Terrace Gainesville 3 2 6
SE 10th Avenue Gainesville 3 2 6
NW 73rd Terrace Gainesville 3 2 6

Income Eligibility Requirements

NSP homes are available to families whose income doesn’t exceed Very-Low Income, or 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI), and whose income or assistance is enough to pay the rent without financial hardship. Successful applicants must have a combined gross monthly income of at least two times the monthly rent.
Household Size Income Maximum
1 $21,250
2 $24,300
3 $27,350
4 $30,350
5 $32,800
6 $35,250
7 $37,650
8 $40,100

Tenant Screening & Selection

The main considerations when screening for eligibility include income levels, criminal background checks, credit checks and landlord or personal references. Eligible individuals and families will be placed on the waiting list based upon date and time of their application. Copies of the complete Meridian Tenant Selection Plan are available upon request.

Rental Payments

Every unit is subject to rent controls designed to make sure that rents are affordable to Very Low Income households. The maximum NSP rates are based on several factors and is limited to no more than the Alachua County Fair Market Rents (FMR) by bedroom size.


Applications are available in person, by fax, or by mail. To pick up an application, visit the Housing office on the 2nd Floor of the main building located at 4300 SW 13th Street, Gainesville, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or call (352) 374-5600, ext. 8627 to request one be mailed or faxed to you.

Completed applications must include:

  • Copy of birth certificates and Social Security cards (or a Number Verification print out) for all household members
  • Driver License or Photo Identification Card for all adult household members
  • Signed Declaration of Citizenship for all household members
  • Authorization for Release of Information signed by all adult household members
  • Current verification of all household income

24/7 Crisis Line

Local (North Central Florida):
(352) 374-5600
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Toll Free:
1 (800) 330-5615