Community Services supports the City Council’s Strategic Planning Mission to provide “Exceptional Municipal Services” that are “Responsive to the Community”, while acting in a “Financially Responsible Manner.” We support the Plan’s Vision 2030 that offers “great neighborhoods.” We encourage affordable life style housing by providing funding for housing opportunities and community development improvements, utilizing local, state and federal funds and local partnerships. We provide referrals to social services to citizens who request our assistance.
The Community Services Department is responsible for administering the housing program with grant funding from the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) program, when funds are available, HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and the Neighborhood Stabilization Programs (NSP1 and NSP3). The Department also administers community development projects with the federal CDBG funding. We research, write and administer grant funding for other federal, state and privately funded programs in coordination with the appropriate city departments. Community Services also works as a liaison between the federal or state agency and the city department, assuring that all federal and state regulations are followed during implementation of the grant-funded program. We also prepare a Grant History each year to track the grants applied for and received by each of the City Departments.
Finally, the Department provides information on social agency assistance available for low-income households. Skip to Referral Services/Information at the bottom of this page.
Community Services administers a state funded home purchase program (State Housing Initiatives Partnership - SHIP) when sufficient funds are available. These funds are also used for repair/rehab of owner occupied homes in the City. Funding for the SHIP program has been either unavailable or limited for a number of years and the need for repairs has been great; therefore, the funds allocated for fiscal years 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 have been restricted to repair/rehab. Funding for this year (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017) will include a limited amount of funding for home purchase and is expected to be available soon. We will post information on the City’s Home Web Site when funds are available. You may also call our Community Services hotline at 772.871.5284 at any time for information on funding.
Community Services administers a state funded housing repair/rehab program (SHIP) when funds are available. When SHIP funds are limited, the City may also utilize Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds along with the SHIP allocations and program income in order to assist homeowners who need this type of housing assistance.
Community Services has established a waiting list of Low to Moderate Income homeowners who need repair/rehabilitation assistance for their primary residence. We publish a Notice of Funding Availability when SHIP funding amounts are made available and add names to the waiting list throughout the year. We may also use CDBG funds and keep the list open unless funds are exhausted. We contact each homeowner on the list in order, as funding allows. Special Needs applicants, extremely-low and very-low income applicants may also be given priority in order to meet state regulations concerning funding percentages.
Community Services does not have a list of contractors approved to perform work under our Repair/Rehab program. Our homeowners select their own licensed/registered general, residential or building contractors to complete the repair/rehab work. We do, however, provide a list of contractors who have worked or would like to provide repair/rehab work under the program. If you are a contractor and are interested in the program, you should review the following information:
The Community Services Department administers the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, which is federally funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The program provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs that chiefly benefit low to moderate income residents. The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to state and local governments.
The city has prepared a Five-Year Consolidated Plan which evaluates past performance in utilizing CDBG funds and provides objectives and outcomes that are identified based on the needs of the citizens. An Annual Action plan and various exhibits are also included. The City’s most recent Consolidated Plan was approved by HUD on Oct. 12, 2011.
The Consolidated Plan was updated this year and submitted to City Council for approval. It was the subject of a Public Hearing at the City Council meeting on July 25, 2016and submitted to HUD for approval on August 3, 2016.
The city is subject to compliance with Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 on contracts funded with CDBG funding. If you receive government assistance for housing and/or you are a low or very-low income resident of Port St. Lucie, you may qualify as a Section 3 resident and be eligible for certain economic opportunities. If you are a Section 3 Business Concern, you may receive preference on CDBG contracts with the City of Port St. Lucie. You must submit a Section 3 certification with your application for Section 3 covered contracts. To register for Section 3 opportunities, download and follow the instructions in the HUD Section 3 information sheet to complete and submit a certification.
Port St. Lucie’s City Council adopted a Fair Housing Ordinance on October 10, 2005 that augments state and federal legislation and provides the citizens of Port St. Lucie with a procedure for processing complaints of housing discrimination at the local legal.
Community Services supports and promotes citizens' rights to fair housing. You can download a copy of the Fair Housing Notice. Our fair housing booklet "Fair Housing Opens Doors" is also available here in English and in Spanish.
Community Services staff provides referrals for additional community services available throughout St. Lucie County.