City of Fort Lauderdale - Urban Design & Planning - Housing & Community Development
City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Venice of America

Housing and Community Development

The City provides for the administration and coordination of several community service programs intended to improve the character of existing neighborhoods, and to provide quality housing for all of its citizens. Some of the services provided by the City's Housing & Community Development Division include administration, management, and coordination of Community Development Block Grant activities; Rental Rehabilitation Programs; Emergency Shelter Grant Program, and other federal and state programs.

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Important Documents and Notices

NOTE: The Purchase Assistance Program for First-Time Homebuyers is closed; applications are no longer being accepted.

Housing Enterprise of Fort Lauderdale Community Housing and Development Corporation Projects

Neighborhood Stabilization Program 1

Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3

Housing Programs

Affordable Rental Housing - 954-828-4527
The Housing and Community Development Division has received approximately $469,300 in FY 2008-2009 SHIP funds to be used for eligible projects as listed in the FY 2007-2010 Local Housing Assistance Plan (LHAP). The funds will be allocated as follows:

Eligible Projects - $469,300 (as listed in the FY 2007-2010 LHAP)

This Notice of Funding Availability is an effort to solicit projects in need of immediate funding. Ideal projects are multi-family rental projects that are shovel-ready. This means that the project(s) that will receive priority for funding have completed the entire development stage and are ready for or are currently under construction. Projects that will be considered must be complete and fully occupied on or before December 1, 2011.

Affordable Housing Project Applications PDF file can be downloaded and will also be available at the Housing & Community Development Office (Mizell Center), located at 1409 NW 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311, between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm on Monday, June 20th through Thursday, June 30, 2011.

Completed applications must be submitted to:

Avis A. Wilkinson
Housing Programs Administrator II
The City of Fort Lauderdale
Tel: 954-828-4513
Fax: 954-847-3754

Applicants must submit one (1) original application, along with four (4) full copies of the applicaton on or before 4:00 pm Friday, July 8, 2011. Applications will be considered on a First Come, First Qualified, First Served Basis (and subject to funding availability). Staff acceptance of application does not constitute approval or guarantee funding.

Disaster Recovery Initiative — 954-828-4527
This program provides assistance for home repairs due to damage sustained during hurricane Wilma.

First-Time Homebuyers Program — 954-828-4527
This program assists income eligible homebuyers purchasing a property in the city limits of Fort Lauderdale with a loan up to $75,000 towards their down payment and closing costs.

Foreclosure Prevention — 954-828-4527
Provides a one time grant up to $10,000 for income eligible homeowners who are in jeopardy of losing their homes due to foreclosure.

HOME Program — 954-828-4527
Annual funding is available to eligible residents for affordable housing assistance.

Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) — 954-828-4775
The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program is the only Federal program dedicated to the housing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. Under the HOPWA program, the Housing & Urban Development Department (HUD) provides grants to local communities, states, and nonprofit organizations for housing projects that benefit low-income persons medically diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. In Broward County, the HOPWA program receives approximately $8 million per year to provide a variety of housing options that assist persons living with HIV/AIDS in our community. The Continuum of Housing PDF File programs span across Broward County and offer Emergency Transitional Housing, Assisted Living Facilities, Mental Health Housing, Substance Abuse Housing, Community-Based Housing, Project-Based Rent, Tenant-Based Rental Vouchers, short-term, rent, mortgage and utilities assistance, move-in assistance and Housing Case Management. To access these programs, please read HOPWA Service Providers PDF File.

Nonprofit Acquisition and Improvement Loan Program (NAIL) — 954-828-4511
Funds are available to assist nonprofit social service organizations in the acquisition and renovation of structures used for nonresidential activities.

Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation — 954-828-4527
This program provides loans to qualified lower-income homeowners to bring their homes up to City Code standards and help keep neighborhoods attractive.

Rental Rehabilitation — 954-828-4509
This program is designed to increase the supply of affordable rental housing by encouraging investors to acquire and/or renovate existing rental units which are made available to low/moderate income renters. Loans are provided to rental property owners to cover up to one-half of the rehabilitation costs necessary to bring the dwelling up to City Code standards.

Replacement Housing — 954-828-4527
Qualified homeowners with houses that cannot be rehabilitated can participate in this program which provides a new house on the owner's existing lot.

Jonathan B. Brown
Housing and Community Development Manager
Housing and Community Development
Building Services Center
700 NW 19th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311-7834
(954) 828-4527