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The City of Lakeland prepared the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Reports (CAPER) for the 2015-2016 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 in the Jacksonville Field Office by December 29, 2016. 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, 2015 to September 30, 2016. 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 Development Department, at City Hall, 228 S. Massachusetts Avenue and at the Neighborhood Services 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 at Comments should be addressed to: Annie L. Gibson, Housing Programs Coordinator, Community Development Department, Neighborhood Services Division, Housing Section, 1104 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33805 and received by her on or before Monday, December 21, 2016.

Affordable Housing Incentives


State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program (SHIP)
Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
2016 Affordable Housing Incentives

The City of Lakeland Neighborhood Services Division has prepared a report of the Affordable Housing Incentives along with the recommendations from the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee.  Florida House Bill 1375 (2007) requires SHIP entitlement communities to appoint a nine-member Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) which 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:

A.  Expedited Permitting;
B.  Impact Fee Waivers or Modifications;
C.  Density Flexibility;
D.  Reservation of Infrastructure;
E.  Accessory Dwelling Units;
F.  Parking and Setback Reductions;
G.  Flexible Lot Configurations;
H.  Street Requirements Modifications;
I.  Review of Policies, Procedures, Ordinances, and Regulations;
J.  Land Bank Inventory; and
K.  Support of Development Near Transportation Hubs, Job Centers, and Mixed Use Development.

The Incentives Report and accompanying recommendations are available for review at the Neighborhood Services Division, Annie Gibson, Housing Section, 1104 Martin L. 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 before the City Commission December 19, 2016 to finalize the report to be submitted to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation before its deadline of December 31, 2016.

Housing Rehabilitation Available

Completed Applications Will Be Accepted
Starting October 5th

The Neighborhood Services Division is pleased to announce that applications for Rehabilitation of Owner-Occupied, Single-Family Homes will be accepted beginning Monday, October 5, 2015.  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.  Applications will not be accepted before October 5th, and must be mailed or delivered to:

Neighborhood Services Division
Housing Section

1104 Martin L. King, Jr. Avenue
Lakeland, Florida  33805

Application forms are now available at the following locations:

Applications will be processed in the order in which they are received.

Sources of funding for this program may include Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), and the State Housing Initiatives Partnerships Program (SHIP). For more information, please call the Neighborhood Services Division at (863) 834-3360.



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.