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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.


What is Affordable Housing?

Housing is affordable if it costs no more than 30% of one’s income. People who pay more than this are considered “cost-burdened.” Those who pay more than 50% are “severely cost-burdened.” High housing prices can slow down a local economy, leaving jobs unfilled and siphoning spending power away from local goods and services.

The City of Lakeland is committed to partnering with developers to encourage the construction of safe, affordable, high-quality housing. The following table shows units constructed or planned from 2019 to present.

Chart showing affordable housing units constructed from 2019 to present


NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) AND HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIPS (HOME) PROGRAMS

The City of Lakeland will hold a public meeting to seek input from residents regarding housing and community development needs and priorities for the program year October 1, 2022- September 30, 2023.

When:  Monday May 9, 2022 at 6:00pm

Where: Coleman-Bush Building

1104 Martin L. King Jr. Ave, Lakeland

For more information, please contact  Michael Smith, Housing Programs Manager, at the Housing Division office 863.834.3360.

Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act provisions, those who require special accommodations to attend this meeting are asked to contact Jenny Sykes at 863.834.8444.  If hearing impaired, the City's local TDD number is 863.834.8333 or Toll Free at 800.955.8771.  The Florida Relay Service number is 800.955.8770.


PUBLIC NOTICE

HOME American Rescue Plan (ARP)

Program Year 2021-2022

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 appropriated $5 billion nationwide to provide housing, services, and shelter to individuals experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable populations, to be allocated to jurisdictions who qualified for HOME Investment Partnerships Program allocations in FY 2021.  The City of Lakeland was allocated $1,401,459 to utilize for these purposes.

The City of Lakeland is seeking public input regarding the City's HOME American Rescue Plan (ARP) Funds Allocation Plan. Several meetings were held to provide an overview of the HOME Investment Partnerships Program and get input from various community partners to discuss the use of funds allocated to the City of Lakeland.  A draft copy of the HOME American Rescue Plan is available for public review from February 28-March 14, 2022.

A public hearing on March 7, 2022, will be held in the Commission Chambers located within City Hall, 228 S. Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, Florida.  The City Commission meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m.  All residents of the City of Lakeland are invited to attend and participate in this meeting.

Persons having questions about the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Programs should contact Annie Gibson, Housing Programs Supervisor, Community & Economic Development Department, at 863.834.3360.  

HOME American Rescue Plan (draft)


APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE

CITY OF LAKELAND

PUBLIC SERVICES APPLICATIONS

Program Year 2022-2023

The Application is available now online only for non-profit organizations seeking funds to provide public service programs for the program year 2022-2023.

The application cycles for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and General Fund have been consolidated into one cycle.

For any questions, please email the City of Lakeland's Planning & Housing Office at housing@lakelandgov.net or by calling 863.834.3360.


Housing Rehabilitation Available

The City of Lakeland's Planning & Housing Division is accepting applications for Rehabilitation of Owner-Occupied, Single-Family Homes ONLINE ONLY.  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.

CITY OF LAKELAND, FLORIDA
HOUSING ASSISTANCE INCOME SCHEDULE
% OF AREA MEDIAN INCOME CDBG & HOME UP TO 80% (Federal Funds)
EXTREMELY LOW VERY LOW LOW
30% 50% 60% 80%
BASED ON FAMILY SIZE HUD & FHFC HUD & FHFC FHFC HUD & FHFC
1 14,200 23,650 28,380 37,800
2 18,310 27,000 32,400 43,200
3 23,030 30,400 36,480 48,600
4 27,750 33,750 40,500 54,000
5 32,470 36,450 43,740 58,350
6 37,190 39,150 46,980 62,650
7 41,850 41,850 50,220 67,000
8 44,550 44,550 53,460 71,300

Income levels are based on Area Median Income (AMI) for family of four at $67,500.00

Data effective April 18, 2022 and retrieved from the following web sources:

HUD=https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/il/il2022/2022summary.odn

Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) -https://www.floridahousing.org/owners-and-managers/compliance/income-limits (2022)

 


The Planning & Housing Division is located:
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


Foreclosure Prevention

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.

Related Links

Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity

Florida's Hardest-Hit Fund Program

Florida Housing Coalition

Florida Housing Finance Corporation

Homeownership Preservation Foundation

HANDS of Central Florida

Lakeland Housing Authority

Making Home Affordable

Polk County Housing & Neighborhood Development

Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing

U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development

Foreclosure Prevention Flyer