Jacksonville Campus Ministry opening affordable student housing near UNF

Jacksonville Campus Ministry, Redeemer Episcopal Church, Diocese of Florida
Posted Jul 7, 2023

In response to a significant and growing need, Jacksonville Campus Ministry, in collaboration with Redeemer Episcopal Church and other local individuals, churches and organizations, is opening safe, affordable, and inclusive student housing near the University of North Florida for local college students. An open house and blessing ceremony of the new student housing space is scheduled for August 5.

The housing is funded through generous contributions from Redeemer Episcopal Church, the Florida-Bahamas Synod, the National Lutheran Campus Ministry, Inc., and numerous private and congregational donations.

“For the past 50 years, Jacksonville Campus Ministry has been a beacon of hope for young adults, offering meaningful spiritual and religious opportunities for local college students. We’ve listened to our students and identified affordable housing as a significant need,” said the Reverend Sarah Locke, University of North Florida Chaplain and Pastor for JCM. “Just in the past two years, we have had many students experience housing insecurity, which ripples into every aspect of their lives. Last year over 300 students were on the waitlist for housing when the fall semester started at UNF. We can’t house 300 students, but we can make an impact for a few.”   

Housing is currently available for six students. Through an open application and interview process, students from the campus ministry and from the wider campus community were chosen. Students do not have to be of any particular faith background to qualify for student housing.

Media are invited to tour the new housing space and speak with students at Jacksonville Campus Ministry’s open house, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on August 5 at Redeemer Episcopal Church, located at a 7500 Southside Boulevard in Jacksonville. Contact the Rev. Sarah Locke, UNF Chaplain, to RSVP.

For more information about the open house or to learn more about Jacksonville Campus Ministry, contact the Rev. Sarah Locke at jaxcampusmin@gmail.com or visit jaxcampusmin.org/housing.