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.
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 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 have been restricted to repair/rehab. Down Payment Funding 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 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.
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.