The City of Lakeland is conducting a survey to assess compliance with the Fair Housing Act in the City. Please take the time to complete the survey at the link below:
La Ciudad de Lakeland está realizando una encuesta para evaluar el cumplimiento de la Ley de Vivienda Justa en la Ciudad. Tómese el tiempo para completar la encuesta en:
The City of Lakeland Planning & Housing Division will begin accepting applications for Rental Development Programs on Wednesday, September 16, 2020. Anyone interested in the program will be required to submit an application to be a Certified Affordable Housing Developer and submit an individual application. You must be familiar with the Florida Housing Finance Corporation application process.
Applications must be returned to the City of Lakeland, Planning & Housing Division, by email to: email@example.com, by 5:00p.m. on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. The deadline will be strictly enforced. When emailing, please insert title as Rental Development Incentive Program 2021.
The application forms and program details are available below:
The City of Lakeland 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, 2020. Included are: SHIP Close Out Report for 2017-2018, SHIP Interim Reports for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. The Annual Performance Reports shall be submitted to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) in Tallahassee, Florida to be received by or before September 15, 2020.
The Annual Performance Reports are available for review at the Community & Economic Development Department at City Hall, 228 S. Massachusetts Avenue, and at the Community Planning and Housing Division 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 the public libraries.
Anyone wishing to comment on the reports must do so prior to September 11, 2020. Written public comments shall identify the author by name, address, and interest affected. Comments should be addressed to Annie Gibson, Housing Programs Supervisor, Community Planning and Housing, 1104 Martin L. King Jr. Avenue, Lakeland, Florida, 33805 and to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, 227 North Bronough Street, Suite 5000, Tallahassee, Florida, 32301-1329.
Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact on Environment and Notice of Intent to Request for Release of Funds August 20, 2020
These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the City of Lakeland.
Request for Release of Funds
On or about August 21, 2020, City of Lakeland will submit a request to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to release Federal Funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 for currently unspecified Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) projects and under Title III of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. This is a one-year project from October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.
1. Citywide Housing Programs.
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
The City of Lakeland Planning and Housing Division has determined that the above project will have no significant impact on the human environment. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA, 42 USC 4321) is not required.
The reasons for the decision not to prepare such Statement are as follows: No serious environmental adverse impacts or hazards were identified in the course of the environmental review.
An Environmental Review Record (ERR) respecting the proposed project has been made by the City of Lakeland which documents the environmental review of the project and more fully sets forth the reasons why such a Statement is not required. This Environmental Review Record is also on file at the City of Lakeland Housing Division, 1104 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. Lakeland, FL 33805 and available for public examination and copying upon request between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
All interested agencies, groups, and persons may submit written comment on the ERR to the City of Lakeland Planning and Housing Division. Such written comments should be submitted to:
1104 Martin Luther King JR. Ave
Lakeland, Florida 33805
on or before September 20,2020. All such comments so received will be considered by the City of Lakeland prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice is being addressed.
RELEASE OF FUNDS
The City of Lakeland certifies to HUD that Anthony Delgado in his official capacity as City Manager consents to accept the jurisdiction of Federal courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to environmental reviews, decision-making, and action; and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. HUD’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the City of Lakeland to utilize HUD program funds.
OBJECTIONS TO HUD AND RELEASE OF FUNDS
HUD will accept objections to its release of fund and the City of Lakeland’s certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) that the certification was not in fact executed by the certifying officer of the City; (b) the City has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 58; (c) the City has in the development process have committed funds other specific grounds in HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58.75; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedure (24 CFR Part 58) and shall be addressed to:
Ms. Lisa A. Hill, CPD Director at U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Community Planning and Development, Charles Bennett Federal Building,
400 West Bay Street, Suite 1015,
Jacksonville, Florida 32202,
the phone number is (904)232-1777. Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
Nicole Travis, Director
Community & Economic Development Department
City of Lakeland, Florida
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG)
AND HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIPS (HOME) PROGRAMS
ONE YEAR ACTION PLAN AND PROJECTED USE OF FUNDS
Program Year: October 1, 2020 - September 30, 2021
The City of Lakeland is required by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to prepare an Action Plan to qualify for Community Development Block Grand (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) program funds. The One Year Action Plan for 2020-2021, to be presented at public hearings before the City Commission on July 6 and August 3, 2020, identifies the City's housing and non-housing community development needs and outlines a strategy to address these needs.
The City's One Year Action Plan and Projected Use of Funds for Program Year 2020-2021 will be available for public review for thirty (30) days beginning July 3, 2020 and comments should be provided to the department prior to August 1, 2020 by mail or email: Annie Gibson, Housing Programs Supervisor, Community and Economic Development Department, Housing Division, 1104 Martin L. King Jr. Avenue, Lakeland, Florida, 33805.
The Lakeland City Commission will hold a public hearing on July 6, 2020 and August 3, 2020, in the City Commission Room, City Hall, at 3:00p.m. to review any comments received from residents. The City Commission will authorize the City administration to submit the plan to HUD with any modifications necessary.
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:
|CITY OF LAKELAND, FLORIDA|
|HOUSING ASSISTANCE INCOME SCHEDULE|
|% OF AREA MEDIAN INCOME||CDBG & HOME UP TO 80% (Federal Funds)|
|EXTREMELY LOW||VERY LOW||LOW|
|BASED ON FAMILY SIZE||HUD & FHFC||HUD & FHFC||FHFC||HUD & FHFC|
Income levels are based on Area Median Income (AMI) for family of four at $58,800
Data effective April 1, 2020 and retrieved from the following web sources:
Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) -https://www.floridahousing.org/owners-and-managers/compliance/income-limits
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Lakeland has partnered with Keystone Challenge Fund, Inc. to provide housing counseling services to help qualified homeowners avoid foreclosure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact Keystone Challenge Fund for more information or to apply for assistance.
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.