Select a topic to get more information. In order to apply for one of the listed programs, call Economic & Community Development at 891-6500. Or pick up an application at the office located in the Frenchtown Renaissance Center, 435 North Macomb Street, Tallahassee, Florida.
Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)
The City of Tallahassee submits the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to report the uses of federal housing assistance funds and the progress in reaching proposed housing goals in the past fiscal year. For specific CAPER reports from the federal Integrated Disbursement Information System (IDIS) please contact the Housing Division at 850-891-6500.
Annual Action Plan
Each year the Annual Action Plan is prepared as the document that describes actions, activities and programs proposed during the next fiscal year to address priority needs and specific objectives identified in the City's approved Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development.
The Annual Action Plan is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) must be developed by the City of Tallahassee in order to receive funding under the following programs:
Code Enforcement Rehabilitation Program
The program assists low-income owners of homes that are owner-occupied to eliminate exterior code violations, and to improve and preserve neighborhoods at the same time.
The Consolidated Plan is a planning document that identified the City's overall housing and community development needs, and it outlines a strategy to address those needs.
The plan focuses specifically on the housing and community development needs of low- and moderate-income persons, as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
This plan is required by HUD and must be developed by local governments in order to receive funding under the following programs:
- Community development Block Grant (CDBG)
- HOME Investments Partnerships Program Grant (HOME)
- Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG)
Tallahassee's Consolidated Plan (PDF) covers the period from October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2015.
Emergency Home Repair Program
The goal of the Emergency Home Repair Program (EHRP) is to improve the living conditions of low-income homeowners by removing health and safety hazards and/or architectural barriers from their homes.
Each year new units are built for very-low income and low-income households in the City of Tallahassee to purchase. The City works with non-profit organizations called Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs) to build the new units. More new units may be available through Inclusionary Housing.
Community Housing Development Organizations
Community Housing Development Organizations are non-profit agencies that are qualified to develop affordable housing for the community they serve. Federal money is set-aside for CHDOs each fiscal year.
To purchase a housing unit built by a CHDO, a household must meet all program requirements. There is an income limit and households must qualify for a home mortgage. The best way to get information about the new units being constructed is to contact the City's Housing Division at 891-6500.
The Tallahassee City Commission passed an ordinance in 2005, requiring new developments in certain areas of the city with 50 housing units or more, to sell 10% of their units at an affordable price. The sales price range is set by the ordinance. Developers are allowed to pay a fee instead of building the units. The money collected will then be used to build future affordable housing units.
To qualify for inclusionary housing units, your income must fall between 70% and 100% of area median income. This range is determined by the HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) income guidelines on an annual basis. To find out if you qualify, contact the Housing Division at 850-891-6540.
Households must qualify for a home mortgage loan. A household that makes less annual income than the range above may still qualify for an inclusionary housing unit if they can secure a sufficient home mortgage loan. Inclusionary housing units are subject to re-sale restrictions. For details about the inclusionary housing program or ordinance, please visit the Planning Department web page. You may also call the Housing Division at 891-6540 for information or to request an application by mail.
Homeowner Rehabilitation Program
Committed to improving the quality of affordable housing, the City of Tallahassee allocates a substantial portion of its housing budget each year toward improving the stock of owner occupied housing.
Local Housing Assistance Plan
The Local Housing Assistance Plan provides a summary of the housing strategies the City will fund with State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) money for state fiscal years 2010-2011 through 2012-2013. SHIP funds are used for home purchase, home preservation, disaster assistance, and new construction for ownership and rental.
Neighborhood Stabilization Program
The Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) is a federal program passed in July 2008 as part of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act. Funds are used to purchase vacant, bank-owned foreclosed properties and rehabilitate them to return to productive use for affordable rental and homeownership housing. The majority of Tallahassee's funds must be used to acquire and rehabilitate housing units for rental to very low income households.
Purchase Assistance Program
To assist low-income residents in purchasing a home, the City offers down payment and closing cost assistance to qualified applicants.
A loan of up to $8,000 is available for down payment or closing costs towards a new or existing home. For very low-income residents who qualify to purchase a home, an additional $5,000 loan is available.
The Tallahassee Lenders' Consortium (TLC) is a non-profit agency that administers the Purchase Assistance Program. In addition to the Purchase Assistance Program, TLC provides homebuyer education, credit and finance counseling, and assistance in selecting a mortgage lender. It is TLC's mission to provide affordable home ownership options, and serve as a resource to help citizens make the best possible decisions about finding, financing, and purchasing a home.
To qualify for assistance in the Purchase Assistance Program, you must be a candidate to be approved for a home mortgage. Tallahassee Lenders' Consortium can assist you to improve your credit and manage your finances. To be eligible to receive the purchase assistance loan, your TOTAL GROSS household income (before taxes) must not exceed the following amounts, adjusted for household size:
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Income Guidelines
(Family Size - Max Gross Income for those at or below 80% of area median income)
- 1 Person - $36,050
- 2 Persons - $41,200
- 3 Persons - $46,350
- 4 Persons - $51,450
- 5 Persons - $55,600
- 6 Persons - $59,700
- 7 Persons - $63,800
- 8 Persons - $67,950
For more information please contact Tallahassee Lenders' Consortium at 222-6609.
Purchase Assistance for City of Tallahassee Employees
The City has additional assistance available for employees who are purchasing homes in one of the City's target areas. Target areas include Apalachee Ridge, Providence, Bond, and Greater Frenchtown (Frenchtown, Griffin Heights and Springfield) neighborhoods. Employees can receive a loan of up to $5,000 if their GROSS household incomes do not exceed the following amounts, adjusted for household size:
(Family Size - Max Gross Income)
- 1 Person - $54,120
- 2 Persons - $61,800
- 3 Persons - $69,480
- 4 Persons - $77,160
- 5 Persons - $83,400
- 6 Persons - $89,520
- 7 Persons - $95,760
- 8 Persons - $101,880
For more information or to obtain an application, please call the Housing Division at 891-6500.
Rental Rehabilitation Program
Assistance to existing residential rental property owners is provided through the City's Rental Rehabilitation program.
- Residential rental units up to 4 units per building
- Buildings may be located anywhere in the City
- No targeted neighborhoods
- City will loan up to 80% of the cost of rehabilitation
- Funds are limited to no more than $20,000 per unit
- Loan Terms:
- Terms and conditions will be based on need, feasibility and availability of funds
- Loans can be from 0-3% deferred interest and possibly deferred payment based on cash flow
- Amortization schedule will be consistent with affordability period
- Proforma must demonstrate at least 1.1:1 debt service ratio
- City funds and private or bank funds will be released on prorata basis
- No funds released without prior ECD inspection and draw approval
- Units must be rented to those at or below 80% area median income
- Affordability period (minimum of 5 years) will be based on amount of City loan
- Detailed scope of work and preliminary estimates must be submitted prior to underwriting
- All rehabilitation work must meet the City's written rehabilitation standards and be in compliance with the Florida Building Code for Existing Buildings
- Scope of Work must match permits pulled
HOW TO APPLY:
For more information or to initiate the application process, please call the Housing Division at 891-6558 or download the application (PDF).
State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP)
The State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Program aids government in providing affordable housing.