The Housing and Social Services Programs are administered by the Neighborhood Planning Division of the Neighborhood Services Department. The City receives funds from the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) program, HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and the Neighborhood Stabilization Programs (NSP1 and NSP3). These programs address housing and community development projects with state and federal funding. Staff also provides information on social services that may be available for low-income households.
Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC)
The City of Port St. Lucie created the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) by Ordinance 08-42 and appointed its Committee Members on June 9, 2008 by Resolution 08-45. The charge to the Committee is to review established policies and procedures, ordinances, land development regulations and the adopted comprehensive plan of the City of Port St. Lucie and recommend specific actions or initiatives to encourage or facilitate affordable housing while protecting the ability of the property to appreciate in value. The AHAC is required to review the incentive strategies and evaluate the implementation of affordable incentives triennially thereafter. The Committee reviewed all incentives and made recommendations at its meeting on February 23, 2009 and was subsequently disbanded. The Committee was reestablished by Resolution 11-R66 and reviewed the incentives that had been recommended in 2008. No further recommendations were made.
Home Purchase Assistance
The Neighborhood Services Department 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 Housing Services hotline at 772.871.5284 at any time for information on funding.
In the meantime, you may want to explore the Florida HHF Down Payment Assistance program offered by Florida Housing Finance Corporation.
The Neighborhood Services Department also 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.
The Department 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.
Neighborhood 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:
Port St. Lucie’s Neighborhood 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.
NSP Program (NSP1 and NSP3)
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 were required to be used to acquire and rehabilitate or redevelop foreclosed properties “that might otherwise become sources of abandonment and blight.”
The City purchased 206 foreclosed homes, rehabbed 185, demolished 31 blighted properties, and rebuilt 10 of homes on the vacant lots that remained. We still have funding remaining in both NSP1 and NSP3 but have been unable to purchase, rehab and sell additional foreclosed homes due to competition in the marketplace and the higher prices of single family homes in Port St. Lucie. We are currently working on programs that will make use of the additional funding.
The Neighborhood 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 Neighborhood Services office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Section 3 Opportunities
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. Download a copy:
The City of Port St. Lucie supports and promotes citizens' rights to fair housing. You can download a copy of the Fair Housing Notice.
- Fair housing booklet "Fair Housing Opens Doors" in English
- Fair housing booklet "Fair Housing Opens Doors" in Spanish
Neighborhood Services staff provide referrals for additional community services available throughout St. Lucie County.