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SHIP Annual Performance Reports

The City of Lakeland has prepared its Annual Performance Reports for the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) program.  These reports contain information on the status of all SHIP funded projects completed before June 30, 2015.  Included are SHIP Close-out Report for 2012-2013, and Interim Reports for 2013-2014 and 2014-2015.  The Annual Performance Reports shall be submitted (mailed) to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) in Tallahassee, Florida, on September 9, 2015, to be received by the FHFC on or before September 15, 2015.

The Annual Performance Reports are available for review at the Community Development Department at City Hall, 228 S. Massachusetts Avenue, and at the Neighborhood Services Division, Housing Section at 1104 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, where interested parties may obtain a free copy or receive information about the reports.  Reports are also available for review at both public libraries and on the City’s website.

Anyone wishing to comment on the reports must do so prior to September 3, 2015.  Written public comments shall identify the author by name, address, and interest affected.  Comments should be addressed to Annie L. Gibson, Housing Programs Coordinator, Neighborhood Services Division, Housing Section, 1104 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33805 and to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, 227 North Bronough Street, Suite 5000, Tallahassee, Florida, 32301-1329.




Effective Tuesday, September 4, 2012 the City of Lakeland has INCREASED assistance offered to purchasers of single-family homes through the City's Neighborhood Stabilization Program.  Income eligible buyers are now eligible to receive between 30% and 50% of the purchase price in deferred payment assistance.  With already reduced prices, the increased assistance now ranges between $16,500 and $35,000, making these homes more affordable than ever!  When combined with closing cost assistance of up to $4,000, there simply is no better deal around and no better time to buy.  Repayment of the assistance is not required as long as the buyer maintains the home as their principal residence and complies with other program requirements.

Visit or call the Neighborhood Services Division at (863) 834-3360 to learn more.

Important News

Florida Housing Launches Statewide
Hardest-Hit Fund Program

Tallahassee - During a press conference on Tuesday, April 5, Florida Housing Finance Corporation announced that unemployed or underemployed homeowners in Florida, who are having difficulty paying their mortgages, will be able to apply for financial assistance from the Florida Hardest-Hit Fund (HHF) beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 18.

"We're no in the position to offer this financial assistance statewide to the people out there who are desperately struggling to stay in their homes," said Steve Auger, executive director of Florida Housing.  "For the homeowners who qualify, this temporary relief from their mortgage payments will provide some 'breathing room' so they can focus on becoming re-employed at a level that will allow them to resume making payments on their own."

Read the full text of the press release.

Homeowners in every Florida county may apply for financial assistance from the fund by using the official HHF website.  The site contains all the information users will need to begin the application process, including a program fact sheet, answers to frequently asked questions and links to resources that may be helpful to those experiencing economic challenges.

Application for the Florida Hardest-Hit Fund program is FREE-OF-CHARGE, and applicants will not be asked to pay for any eligibility determination services in conjunction with applying for the program.