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