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Public Notice

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and
HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Programs
One Year Action Plan and Projected Use of Funds

Program Year:  October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015

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 Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) program funds. The One Year Action Plan for 2014-2015, to be presented at public hearings before the City Commission on July 7 and July 21, 2014, 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 2014-2015 will be available for public review for thirty (30) days beginning June 12, 2014. Interested persons may review the documents at the Community Development Department, Neighborhood Service Division office, located at 1104 Martin L. King, Jr. Avenue, Lakeland, Florida, 33805 or online here.  Written comments should be provided to the department prior to July 11, 2014.  Mailed comments should be addressed as follows: Annie Gibson, Housing Programs Coordinator, Community Development Department, Neighborhood Services Division, 1104 Martin L. King Jr. Avenue, Lakeland, Florida, 33805.

The Lakeland City Commission will hold a public hearing on July 7, 2014, in the City Commission Chambers, City Hall, at 9:00 a.m. to review the One Year Action Plan and Projected Use of Funds for PY 2014-2015, and to review any comments received from residents.  The City Commission will authorize the City administration to submit the plan to HUD with any necessary modifications.



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.

Public Notice

State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Program
Local Housing Assistance Plan 2014-2017

The Lakeland City Commission will hold a public hearing April 7, 2014 to consider the 2014-2017 Local Housing Assistance Plan (LHAP) for the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Program.  The SHIP Program assists eligible extremely low, very low, low and moderate income households with the purchase of new or existing homes and/or rehabilitation of existing owner-occupied homes in the City of Lakeland.  The LHAP outlines the strategies and goals for the three-year period beginning July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2017.  The proposed LHAP can be viewed from the Neighborhood Services website.

The public hearing will be held at 9:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, 2014 in the City Commission Chambers at Lakeland City Hall, 228 South Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, Florida.  The public is invited to attend and participate in this meeting.

Persons having questions about the public hearing or the City's State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Program should contact Annie Gibson, Housing Programs Coordinator, at (863) 834-3360 or by email.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons with disabilities may request special assistance or accommodations to participate in this proceeding by contacting Annie Gibson at (863) 834-3360 no later than one week prior to the meeting.

Important News

Florida Housing Launches Statewide
Hardest-Hit Fund Program

Tallahassee - During a press conference on Tuesday, April 5, Florida Housing Finance Corporation announced that unemployed or underemployed homeowners in Florida, who are having difficulty paying their mortgages, will be able to apply for financial assistance from the Florida Hardest-Hit Fund (HHF) beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 18.

"We're no in the position to offer this financial assistance statewide to the people out there who are desperately struggling to stay in their homes," said Steve Auger, executive director of Florida Housing.  "For the homeowners who qualify, this temporary relief from their mortgage payments will provide some 'breathing room' so they can focus on becoming re-employed at a level that will allow them to resume making payments on their own."

Read the full text of the press release.

Homeowners in every Florida county may apply for financial assistance from the fund by using the official HHF website.  The site contains all the information users will need to begin the application process, including a program fact sheet, answers to frequently asked questions and links to resources that may be helpful to those experiencing economic challenges.

Application for the Florida Hardest-Hit Fund program is FREE-OF-CHARGE, and applicants will not be asked to pay for any eligibility determination services in conjunction with applying for the program.