The City of Port St. Lucie was awarded $13.5 million in Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP1) funding under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. We also received an award of $3.5 million for NSP3 under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. These funds must be used to acquire and rehabilitate or redevelop foreclosed properties “that might otherwise become sources of abandonment and blight.”
The city discussed its plans for utilizing the respective funding at regularly scheduled Council meetings on November 17, 2009 (NSP1) and February 14, 2011 (NSP3). Substantial Amendments to the 2008–2009 and 2010–2011 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Action Plans were submitted and unanimously approved. These amendments (plans) demonstrated the city's intention to utilize the funds for the acquisition, rehabilitation and/or redevelopment and resale of foreclosed homes (to income qualified buyers) in order to stabilize neighborhoods that might otherwise experience declining home values.
The original plans were submitted to HUD, revised if required, and approved. Copies of the grant agreements for NSP1 and NSP3 are available here.
Community Services has made revisions to both plans in order to expand the targeted areas and to comply with various HUD and/or FHA requirements or directives. We also established parameters for a Concentrated Demolition Strategy which would allow vacant lots to meet a national objective under the clearance strategy. These revisions were approved by City Council if required and sent to HUD for subsequent approval.
The Community Services Department is required to post its quarterly reports on its website so that the public will be able to follow its progress. Copies of the most recent reports may be downloaded for each of the programs as follows:
Quarterly reports for prior periods are available in the Community Services office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Community Services Department is handling the administration of the NSP grants with the assistance of staff members from other departments.
For additional information, contact:
Community Services Department
(772) 344-4084; or
Community Services prepared a Management Plan in order to show how it planned to administer NSP grant funds for the City; the plan was submitted to and approved by HUD under NSP-1. This Plan was revised to add NSP3 and reflect any differences between the programs.
The city accepts referrals of foreclosed single family properties from real estate agents. The city will consider all homes that meet the following qualifications: the property must already be foreclosed upon and unoccupied. The properties also must be located in the City of Port St. Lucie's NSP targeted area, which is shown on the attached map.
The city has a master list of contractors who bid on repairing the foreclosed homes purchased under the NSP program. Subcontractors may be able to work for the general contractors on those projects. Please check the current bid list for more information on current jobs.
The city is subject to compliance with Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 on NSP contracts. Contractors who are Section 3 Business Concerns located in St. Lucie County will receive preference on NSP contracts. Subcontractors may be hired by contractors based on that same preference. To obtain more information or register for Section 3 preference, download and follow the instructions in the HUD Section 3 information sheet.
The city is required, to the maximum extent feasible, to provide for hiring of employees who reside in the vicinity of NSP3 funded projects or contract with small businesses that are owned and operated by persons residing in the vicinity of NSP3 projects. The vicinity is delineated on the attached map.
If you live in the NSP3 area and are skilled in or own a small business in the construction industry, download and follow the instructions in the Vicinity Hiring Information Sheet.
The City of Port St. Lucie Community Services Department is not distributing applications for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program at this time. Please check our web site periodically for information about future funding. You may also call our message line at 772.871.5284 or email email@example.com.