Under the State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program (SHIP), Citrus County Housing Services announced the following housing programs and availability of funding.
2014-2017 SHIP ALLOCATION $707,219
2015-2018 SHIP ALLOCATION $695,135
SPECIAL HOUSING NEEDS
This program will provide funding for the purchase of new construction housing, the purchase of existing housing and the rehabilitation of, or additions to, existing housing used for special needs housing groups as noted in Section 420.9075(1)(a), Florida Statues, including, but not limited to, homeless people, the elderly, migrant farm workers and persons with disabilities. The first priority of these special needs funds will be to serve persons with developmental disabilities as defined in section 393.063, Florida Statutes. This strategy funds non-homeownership housing initiatives. Special Needs housing is not restricted to geographic location, but must be located anywhere within Citrus County. Applications will be available at the office of Citrus County Housing Services on October 1, 2015 and will be accepted until April 29, 2016.
UTILITY CONNECTION STRATEGY
To pay permit, impact, and other fees necessary to connect very low and low income households to regional central water and/or sewer service. Priority will be given to hook-ups done in conjunction with other state or federal funding sources. Site built homes, as well as mobile homes constructed after June 1994 provided the home is classified as Real Property, are eligible for assistance. Applications will be accepted beginning October 1, 2015 through April 29, 2016.
NOT-FOR –PROFIT DEVELOPER STRATEGY
This strategy will assist with the construction or rehabilitation of homes sold by non-profit developers. This strategy will provide a subsidy to eligible sponsors, as established by resolution, to pay development costs including fees charged by government entities in conjunction with residential construction (impact fees, building permits, utility fees, etc.), wells, septic and site preparation. Any funds not used for the payment of development costs may be used to offset cost of construction or rehabilitation of an acquired eligible housing unit. Sponsors eligible will be those 501c3 agencies that build or repair affordable homes for First Time Homebuyers.
Funds will be awarded on a competitive basis with criteria for awards to include:
▪ Agency’s capacity and history of developing affordable housing
▪ Ability to obtain necessary financing through local lenders or ability to generate
donations and/or grant funding
▪ Financial history of organization
▪ Affordability of homes being built or rehabilitated
▪ Long term affordability of assisted homes
▪ Employment of personnel from the Welfare Transition Programs
▪Applications will be available beginning October 1, 2015 and due by
November 1, 2015.
All strategy applications will be accepted at the Citrus County Resource Center, Housing Services Division 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court #12, Lecanto, Florida, 34461.
Unless stated above, the application period will remain open until further notice. Applications will be accepted ONLY for those programs that have funding available. It is unlawful to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, age, sex, marital or familial status, national origin or handicap in the award application process for eligible housing.
If not specified under the strategy, very low and low income families qualify. In each category, applicants cannot have income that exceeds the following maximum gross family incomes:
Family Size Very Low 60% of Area Median Low(80% of Area Median)
1 $16,950 $20,340 $27,100
2 $19,400 $23,280 $31,000
3 $21,800 $26,160 $34,850
4 $24,200 $29,040 $38,700
5 $26,150 $31,380 $41800
6 $28,100 $33,720 $44,900
For any information on any SHIP, please contact Heidi Blanchette, Director of Housing Services, at 352-527-7520.