Lee Commissioners approve initiatives to address housing needs brought by Hurricane Ian
The Lee Board of County Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve two measures to assist people affected by Hurricane Ian with housing needs.
The Board voted to:
- Approve an amendment to the 2023-2026 Local Housing Assistance Plan for demolition and reconstruction of single-family homes occupied by income-qualified households.
This strategy includes elevating existing homes located in a flood zone and determined to be in need of repairs in excess of 50% of value of the home due to hurricane damage. Hurricane Housing Recovery Program funding administered through the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) program will fund this effort.
The county is estimated to receive about $16.6 million in disaster funding for affordable housing through SHIP, the state’s affordable housing assistance program. The SHIP program places a priority on serving very low-income, low-income and special-needs households and requires 65% of the funds be spent on homeownership activities. The proposed amendment will add to the already allowed homeownership strategies, which include new construction, purchase assistance, owner-occupied rehabilitation and disaster assistance.
- Approve agreements to provide Hurricane Housing Recovery Program funding totaling $8.2 million to nonprofit housing development organizations to assist households affected by Hurricane Ian. The program is solely funded by the state, administered in accordance with the State Housing Initiatives Partnership program. The funds will be used to assist 133 homeowners affected by Hurricane Ian with down payment assistance, owner occupied rehabilitation, and demolition/reconstruction. The program places a priority on serving very low-income, low-income and special-needs households.
Eight nonprofit housing development organizations will receive funds, including Habitat for Humanity, Lee County Housing Development Corp., Affordable Homeownership Foundation and others.
For more information on State Housing Initiatives Partnership, go to www.leegov.com/dcd/planning/ship.
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