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**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY**

2020 Homeless Point-in-Time (PIT) Count

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Would you like to VOLUNTEER to help us secure funding for our most vulnerable residents in our community? Help make a difference by joining hundreds of volunteers to canvass Polk County in search of unsheltered citizens experiencing homelessness and (in shifts) conduct interviews within their assigned geographic area. 

WHEN: Thursday, January 23, 2020: 5:00 PM- 5:00 PM
WHERE: Across Polk County

TO SIGN UP: email Sherrita@polkhomeless.org or call 863.687.8386 ext.1012

*All volunteers will attend a training to prepare you for the count.
*The Point-in-Time (PIT) Count determines the types of services needed for homeless programs and secures program funding and support.

2020 Homeless Point-in-Time Count Flyer


PUBLIC NOTICE 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG)

CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL PERFORMANCE

AND EVALUATION REPORT (CAPER)

 

The City of Lakeland prepared the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Reports (CAPER) for the 2018-2019 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) program year. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development must receive the CAPER reports in the Jacksonville area office by December 28, 2019. The public may review and submit comments on the reports prior to submission to HUD.

 The CAPER reports contain information on the status of all CDBG and HOME funded projects underway or completed during the program year October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019. These reports document the City’s performance in meeting the various requirements for the expenditure of CDBG and HOME funds.

 The CAPER and accompanying narrative statements are available for review in the Community & Economic Development Department, at City Hall, 228 S. Massachusetts Avenue and at the Community Planning and Housing Division, Housing Section, 1104 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Lakeland, Florida, where interested parties may obtain a copy at no charge or receive information about the reports. The report is also available for review at both public libraries and on the City's web site here.

Comments should be addressed to: Annie L. Gibson, Housing Programs Supervisor, Community & Economic Development Department, Community Planning and Housing Department, Housing Section, 1104 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33805 and received by her on or before Tuesday, December 18, 2019.


PUBLIC NOTICE 

SHIP HOUSING INITIATIVES PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

(SHIP)

AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVISORY COMMITTEE

2019 AFFORDABLE HOUSING INCENTIVES  

 

The City of Lakeland’s Community Planning & Housing Division has prepared a report of the Affordable Housing Incentives along with the recommendations from the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. The 2007 Florida House Bill 1375 requires SHIP entitlement communities to appoint a nine member Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC). The Bill mandated that the AHAC must review and evaluate the implementation of affordable housing incentives and submit that report triennially.  

 The incentives that were reviewed by the AHAC are listed below.

  1. Expedited Permitting;
  2. Impact Fee Waivers or Modifications;
  3. Density Flexibility;
  4. Reservation of Infrastructure;
  5. Accessory Dwelling Units;
  6. Parking and Setback Reductions;
  7. Flexibility Lot Configuration;
  8. Street Requirements Modifications;
  9. Review of Policies, Procedures, Ordinances, and Regulations;
  10. Land Bank Inventory; and
  11. Support of Development Near Transportation Hubs, Job Centers, and Mixed –use Development.

 The Incentives Report and accompanying recommendations are available for review at the Housing Division, Annie Gibson, 1104 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Lakeland, Florida, where interested parties may obtain a copy at no charge or receive information about the reports. A public meeting will be held on December 16, 2019 at the City Commission to finalize the report to be submitted to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation before its deadline of December 31, 2019.


**CITY OF LAKELAND Wi-Fi GRANT APPLICATION**

SURFLAKELAND

Bridging the Digital Divide

Program Year 2019-2020

 

Application packets are available for non-profits seeking to provide SurfLakeland Wi-Fi to their clients and customers at:

  •  City's website
  • the Coleman-Bush Building in the Housing Division office located at 1104 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue or by email, by calling 863-834-3360.

Please submit completed applications to the attention of Annie Gibson, Housing Programs Supervisor, Housing Division, 1104 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Lakeland FL 3

 

SUBMISSION DEADLINE 4:00 PM FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 2020

LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

 


Housing Rehabilitation Available

The City of Lakeland's Housing Office is pleased to announce that applications for Rehabilitation of Owner-Occupied, Single-Family Homes are now being accepted.  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.

Application forms are now available at the following locations:


Completed applications, which will be processed in the order they are received, should be mailed or delivered to:

City of Lakeland's Housing Office
1104 Martin L. King, Jr. Avenue
Lakeland, Florida  33805

Sources of funding for this program may include Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), and the State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program (SHIP). For more information, please contact the Housing Office at 863.834.3360 or by email to housing@lakelandgov.net

A photo of the Equal Housing Opportunity logo


Our Mission

Providing adequate, safe and affordable housing to
very low, low and moderate income residents, while
supporting the City of Lakeland's redevelopment efforts
and promoting self-sufficiency.

The City of Lakeland's Housing Office administers a number of Federal and State grant programs designed for the preservation and development of affordable housing, and expended economic opportunities for persons of low to moderate income.

Funding is generally restricted to benefit very low, low and moderate income residents and families.  See Income Chart or contact the Housing Office for additional details.