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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, 2016.  Included are SHIP Close-out Report for 2013-2014, and Interim Reports for 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.  The Annual Performance Reports shall be submitted (mailed) to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) in Tallahassee, Florida, on September 9, 2016, to be received by the FHFC on or before September 15, 2016.

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 5, 2016.  Written public comments shall identify the author by name, address, and interest affected.  Comments should be addressed to Annie L. Gibson, Housing Programs Supervisor, 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.

Housing Rehabilitation Available

Completed Applications Will Be Accepted
Starting October 5th

The Neighborhood Services Division is pleased to announce that applications for Rehabilitation of Owner-Occupied, Single-Family Homes will be accepted beginning Monday, October 5, 2015.  Applicants must own and have lived in their home for at least one year prior to applying for rehabilitation assistance. Mobile homes and rental properties are not eligible for rehabilitation assistance.  Homes in historic districts are subject to additional program restrictions.  Applications will not be accepted before October 5th, and must be mailed or delivered to:

Neighborhood Services Division
Housing Section

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

Application forms are now available at the following locations:

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.



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.