To be a multi-faceted organization enriching all aspects of affordable housing.


To develop and enhance safe, decent, sanitary, and affordable housing by providing courteous, professional and accurate services.

Quality Policy

Navigate is committed to providing Contract Administration and Consulting services with complete customer satisfaction and a commitment to continual quality improvement. Every Navigate employee will strive to:

  • Be Respectful
  • Improve Community Quality
  • Promote Self-Sufficiency
  • Increase availability of housing and related services for low-to-moderate-income families and those with special needs without discrimination.

Navigate History

Originally incorporated on February 11, 1980 as the Jefferson County Assisted Housing Corporation. Navigate is a legal instrumentality of the Jefferson County Housing Authority. Navigate was originally formed to pursue funding under HUD’s Section 8 New Construction Program for 100 units of elderly and disabled housing in Tarrant, Alabama. With the first 100 units completed in 1982, Spring Gardens now consists of 244 units including 100 financed by one of the first Low-Income Housing Tax Credit projects in Alabama. Phases III and IV were financed by HOME funds provided by Jefferson County, Alabama. A $3 million community center was recently completed on the property. Residents can access a full array of social and community services in this new, state-of-the-art facility. Navigate was the first public entity to sign a contract with HUD’s Office of Multi-Family Housing Assistance Restructuring (now OAHP) to be the Participating Administrative Entity (PAE) in Alabama. Through its role as PAE in Alabama, Navigate has been instrumental in the preservation of some 2500 units of affordable housing in Alabama. Through a contract with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a joint venture of Navigate and the Jefferson County Housing Authority provides Section 8 Contract Administration Services to approximately 60,000 units of affordable housing in the states of Alabama, Mississippi, Connecticut and Virginia. With a total budget of over $450 million, Navigate activities are administered by approximately 55 employees from offices in Birmingham, Alabama, Richmond, Virginia, Jackson, Mississippi and Hartford, Connecticut. The primary contact number for all Navigate offices is toll-free at 888.466.5572.