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Affordable Housing Office

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

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    Fair Housing

    CHDO 2017-2018

    Community Housing Development Organization
    Applications Available for 2017-18 Funding

    Applications for funding are no available to qualified Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs) under the HOME Investment Partnerships Program for the period beginning October 1, 2017 and ending September 30, 2018.

    View the official announcement and eligibility for funding.

    View the funding application.

    Application must be received in the Neighborhood Services Division, 1104 Martin L. King, Jr. Avenue, Lakeland, Florida  33805, by 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 31, 2017.  Late application will not be accepted.


    Help for Developers

    Affordable Housing Incentives Program

    As part of the City's participation in and eligibility for the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Program, the Affordable Housing Office is required to implement an Affordable Housing Incentive Plan.  Incentives included in the plan which may be requested include:

    • Expedited permitting for Affordable Housing Development Projects
    • Reimbursement of Impact Fees for Affordable Housing Development Projects
    • Modified Infrastructure Requirements for Affordable Housing Development Projects
    View the full incentives plan and application.

    View additional development incentives.


    Community Housing Development Organizations

    The Federal Government requires that a portion of the City's HOME Investment Partnership Program funding be set aside for specific activities to be undertaken by a special type of nonprofit called a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO).  A CHDO is a private nonprofit, community-based organization that has obtained or intends to obtain staff with the capacity to develop affordable housing for the community it serves.  HOME grantees (called Participating Jurisdictions in the HOME Program) must set aside a minimum of 15 percent of their HOME allocations for housing development activities in which qualified CHDOs are the owners, developers and/or sponsors of the housing.

    For additional information, or to become a CHDO, please contact the Affordable Housing Office at (863) 834-3360 or by email.

    Urban Homesteading

    The Urban Homesteading Program (UH) is an incentive to encourage single-family, infill development on vacant, buildable lots owned by the City of Lakeland. Generally, these lots are offered for sale to persons/families that will construct a new single-family home for use as their principal residence.  Purchasers can be of any income range as the program is intended to create a mix of incomes in the neighborhoods where UH lots are located.

    View the full Urban Homesteading Program description.

    Interested in purchasing a UH property?  View the list of available properties or see the properties in a map.Click here to see a list of available properties or here to see the properties in a map.