Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) awarded St. Lucie County $750,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Small Cities funds. These funds are designated for single family housing rehabilitation for qualified applicants located in unincorporated St. Lucie County.
The County was 1 of 9 local governments awarded funding for housing rehabilitation.
HOME Investment Partnerships Program
St. Lucie County has partnered with Indian River and Martin Counties to form the St. Lucie County HOME Consortium. The St. Lucie County HOME Consortium is a recipient of federal HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funds. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides these funds to the Consortium on a formula basis. The objective of the HOME program is to provide decent and affordable housing opportunities for very low and low income households through activities such as; first time home buyer assistance and homeowner housing rehabilitation.
State Housing Initiative Partnership Program (SHIP)
The Florida Housing Finance Corporation administers the State Housing Initiatives Partnership program (SHIP), which provides funds to local governments to preserve affordable home ownership. The program was designed to serve very low, low, and moderate income families.
SHIP funds are distributed on an entitlement basis to all 67 counties and 53 Community Development Block Grant cities in Florida. Funding for this program was established by the 1992 William E. Sadowski Act. Funds are allocated to local governments on a population based formula and are derived from the collection of documentary stamp tax. Total actual disbursements are dependent upon actual documentary stamp collections.
Hurricane Loss Mitigation Program (HLMP)
The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) awarded St. Lucie County with $194,000 in funding to assist homeowners with mitigating their homes against hurricane damage. Additionally, the County proposed to mitigate five County owned facilities against hurricane damage. This project will reduce future damage form high winds, wind-blown debris, and wind driven rain; displacement time for repairs, health and safety risks; and clean-up costs. It will also allow individuals to return to work more quickly after a storm as they will have less damage to their home. Additionally, the mitigation work done to County facilities will ensure that the County can continue to provide the services that residents depend on.
The County's application was ranked No.1 out of 33 applications received by FDEM.