NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY
Wakulla County Housing Authority Announces the Anticipated Availability of Funds for the Wakulla County State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Funds for the State Fiscal Year 2021/2022
The Wakulla County Housing Authority anticipates receiving $315,000 in funding for the State Fiscal Year 2021/2022 (which excludes administration costs), State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) program to be used for the following Local Housing Assistance Plan strategies: Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation, Demolition/Replacement, and Homebuyer Purchase Assistance. Please note that funding for rehabilitation or replacement will only be used to support the existing housing. These strategies are as follows:
- Homebuyer Purchase Assistance Strategy - The purpose of this strategy is to provide down payment assistance and principal reduction to first-time home buyers that are eligible under SHIP guidelines. The maximum amount of SHIP funds that may be awarded per unit is $15,000. Potential homebuyers will be required to qualify for a mortgage through a financial institution. Up to $15,000 may be applied towards securing the home. Homebuyers may not have claimed homestead exemption in the past three years. Funds will be awarded on a first come, first ready-to-close basis. Funding for this category is very limited.
- Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation/Replacement Strategy - The purpose of this strategy is to provide repairs or improvements needed for safe and sanitary rehabilitation or replacement and/or correction of code violations. The maximum amount of SHIP funds that may be awarded per unit is $35,000 for Rehabilitation or $100,000 for Replacement. The decision on whether the house is to be considered for replacement or rehabilitation will be made by Wakulla County. The homeowner must claim homestead exemption and the home must be occupied by the owner to be considered for rehabilitation or replacement. Applicants are limited to assistance once every (10) years. Applications will be considered as directed by the Local Housing Assistance Plan.
3093 Crawfordville Highway
Applications MUST be returned BY MAIL to Government Services Group, INC. at the following address:
Government Services Group, Inc.
P.O. Box 357995
Gainesville, FL 32635-7995
All applications will be considered on a first come/first qualified basis using the LHAP priorities regarding funding strategy goals and limitations. Funding priority for all categories will be persons with special needs as defined by 420.0004 Florida Statutes. Awards for all strategies are subject to availability of funds. Questions regarding the SHIP program and application process should be directed to Jay Moseley, Government Services Group, Inc., at (850) 681-3717.
CARES ACT PROGRAM IS CLOSED AND NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS.
HURRICANE HOUSING RECOVERY PROGRAM IS CLOSED AND APPLICATIONS
ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME.
For more information click here.
STATE HOUSING INITIATIVES PARTNERSHIP (SHIP)
The Wakulla County Housing Services division provides citizen's housing repair and replacement assistance through the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) program. The SHIP program is administered on behalf of the County by Government Services Group, Inc. (GSG).
GSG can be contacted at (352) 381-1975, or at the following e-mail address:
Jay Moseley,Housing Director - [email protected].
YOU CAN VISIT CARING.COM TO LEARN MORE IN REGARDS TO SENIOR ASSISTED LIVING.
LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LIHEAP)WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (WAP)Wakulla County residents may also be able to receive assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and WEATHERIZATION Assistance Program (WAP). Capital Area Community Action Agency (CACAA) administers the LIHEAP and WAP programs in Wakulla County. CACAA can be contacted at (850) 926-3122 or at (850) 653-8057 (Apalachicola Office number). Their offices are located at the Wakulla Career Center, 2932 Crawfordville Highway, Crawfordville, FL 32327.
HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER (SECTION 8)
Wakulla County citizens may also be able to receive rental and utility payment assistance through the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program. The Section 8 program is administered by the North Central Florida Regional Housing Authority (NCFRHA). NCFRHA staff are now available to meet with citizens at the Wakulla County Community Center located at 318 Shadeville Road (at the corner of Trice Rd. and Shadeville Rd.)
The schedule for the 2021 NCFRHA staff office days in Wakulla County are as follows:
February 11th & 25th
March 11th & 25th
April 8th & 22nd
May 13th & 27th
June 10th & 24th
Office hours are from 1:00 to 4:00pm
If you need Housing assistance, please contact NCFRHA at (352) 486-5420 or (800) 664-5197
or email [email protected].
Information is also available at www.ncfrha.com.
What is Fair Housing? Fair housing is your right under the law to compete equally for housing, without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, family status, genetic information or any other protected class. Fair housing is a right, not a privilege. Federal law prohibits housing discrimination based on protected classes such as your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, or disability.
To visit the Fair Housing Act, please click here . For Basic Facts About Fair Housing, please click here .
Or to view a short PSA on Fair Housing visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiH4QyJWobo .
If you have any questions relating to Fair Housing, please contact the
Fair Housing Coordinator, Lynda Brahier, at 850-926-3695 ext. 741.
To contact Wakulla County’s EEO and Section 504 Coordinator, please contact
Deborah DuBose at 850-926-0919 ext.707.