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1104 Martin L. King, Jr. Avenue
Lakeland, FL  33805 (Map It!)
Ph: (863) 834-3360
Fx: (863) 834-3369
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    Housing Rehabilitation Available

    Completed Applications Will Be Accepted
    May 19th through June 6th ONLY

    The Neighborhood Services Division is pleased to announce that applications for Rehabilitation of Owner-Occupied, Single-Family Homes will be accepted beginning Monday, May 19, 2014.  Applicants must own and have lived in their home for at least one year prior to applying for rehabilitation assistance. Mobile homes are not eligible for rehabilitation assistance.  Applications will not be accepted before May 19th, must be received by 5:00 p.m., Friday, June 6th, and must be mailed or delivered to:

    Neighborhood Services Division
    Housing Section

    1104 Martin L. King, Jr. Avenue
    Lakeland, Florida  33805

    Application forms will be available at the following locations beginning Monday, May 12th:

    • Neighborhood Services Office, 1104 Martin L. King, Jr. Avenue, Lakeland
    • Lakeland Public Library, 100 Lake Morton Drive, Lakeland
    • Larry R. Jackson Branch Library, 1700 North Florida Avenue, Lakeland
    • On the City's website here.

    Applications will be processed in the order in which they are received.

    Sources of funding for this program may include Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), and the State Housing Initiatives Partnerships Program (SHIP). For more information, please call the Neighborhood Services Division at (863) 834-3360.

    Help for Homeowners

    Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation

    The City of Lakeland provides housing rehabilitation services to income qualified homeowners.  Due to tremendous demand, the Rehabilitation Program is administered through an applicant list which is opened as funds become available.  For more information, or to check the status of the list, please contact the Affordable Housing Office at (863) 834-3360.


    Foreclosure Prevention

     

    City of Lakeland Partners with
    CDC of Tampa, Inc. to Offer
    FREE Foreclosure Prevention Workshops

    The City of Lakeland and CDC of Tampa, Inc. will be offering
    FREE Foreclosure Prevention Workshops to assist homeowners in need.  During these workshops, to be held at the Coleman-Bush building, attendees will learn about their options and programs available to assist homeowners facing default and foreclosure, including mortgage modification, Hardest Hit Fund, Making Home Affordable, etc.  Preregistration is required by contacting the CDC of Tampa, Inc.
    at (813) 231-4362.  See workshop flyer.


    Subordination

    Homeowners who were previously assisted through the City's home purchase assistance program, and who are attempting to refinance their first mortgage, first need the City of Lakeland to agree to subordinate its deferred second mortgage.

    Though it is the City's general policy NOT to subordinate its Affordable Housing Mortgages, a waiver from the policy can be requested for...

    • Emergency need arising from a natural disaster;
    • Emergency housing repairs;
    • Refinancing to lower the interest rate of the first mortgage if closing costs and/or fees are recovered within four (4) years;
    • Refinancing for educational purposes; or
    • Refinancing for medical emergencies.

    Subordination requests will not be considered if...

    • The interest rate on the new first mortgage exceeds the interest rate of the existing first mortgage;
    • The cumulative loan-to-value ratio (CLTV) exceeds 100%;
    • The applicant's front-end debt-to-income ratio exceeds 33%; or
    • The applicant's back-end debt-to-income ratio exceeds 40%.

    View the City's full Subordination Policy, or for more information, please contact the Affordable Housing Office at (863) 834-3360 or by email.