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. 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 incentives strategies and evaluate the implementation of the affordable incentive triennially thereafter. The Committee was reestablished by Resolution 18-R67 on August 27, 2018. The 2018 AHAC Report was approved by City Council and submitted to Florida Housing in December 2018.
Home Purchasing Assistance Program
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 limited to the Repair/Rehabilitation programs for owner occupied homes in the City. Therefore, the Down Payment Assistance Program is not available until further notice.
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.
Notice of Opening Waiting List for Housing Assistance Program (Effective 1/14/19)
The Neighborhood Services Department has opened the “Waiting List” (effective 1/14/19) for:
- Comprehensive Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation, Limited Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation, Accessibility/Retrofit (Special Needs), Water/Sewer Connection and Water/Sewer Assessment Payment
Call (772) 344-4084 to be added to the waiting list or to learn more.
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:
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
The 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.
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 be eligible to receive employment opportunities thru a CDBG funded project as part of Section 3 compliance requirements. 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, read the additional information below.
Section 3 Employment and Contracting Opportunities
The City of Port St. Lucie receives a substantial amount of funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) each year for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. That funding is being used to assist with infrastructure and residential repair/rehab projects throughout the City. HUD funding is regulated by the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 and is, therefore, subject to Section 3 of that Act.
Section 3 covered projects involve the construction or rehabilitation of housing or other public construction, such as street repair, drainage work, etc. The regulation requires the City of Port St. Lucie to ensure that economic and business opportunities generated by HUD financial assistance, to the greatest extent possible, be used to support low and very-low income persons and business concerns that provide economic opportunities to low and very-low income persons.
When new Jobs or contracting opportunities are generated because of HUD financial assistance, the City is required to give preference to certified Section 3 business concerns whenever possible. When a contractor is hired for a job that amounts to $100,000 or more, then that contractor is also responsible for ensuring that new hires and/or subcontractors are chosen based on that same preference. That does not mean that contractors have to create jobs or hire employees for the sake of Section 3 compliance; and Section 3 business concerns must meet the qualifications for those new contracting opportunities.
Download a copy of HUD’s Section 3 Frequently Asked Questions for more information on Section 3 compliance.
As part of the City’s effort to promote employment and contracting to Section 3 businesses, we are providing the opportunity for contractors to become certified with the City as a Section 3 Business Concern. All applicants seeking this recognition must complete and submit the Section 3 Business Concern Application form to:
Neighborhood Services Department
City of Port St. Lucie
121 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd.
Port St. Lucie, FL 34984
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.
The City of Port St. Lucie supports and promotes citizens' rights to fair housing. You can download a copy of the Fair Housing Notice.
Neighborhood Services staff provide referrals for additional community services available throughout St. Lucie County.