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Housing Services

Matthew Wyman Matthew G. Wyman II, Housing Services Manager

The Division of Housing Services mission is: To efficiently and responsibly administer programs and develop community partnerships that preserve and grow the inventory of safe and sanitary affordable housing in unincorporated Leon County.

The Division's major programs are income driven and include owner-occupied rehabilitation, home buyer counseling, down-payment assistance, and emergency repairs.  Most of our programs are funded through the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) program.  If you live inside City limits you should contact the City of Tallahassee.


The State of Florida has allocated $1,080,633 in State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) funds to Leon County for the 2020‐2021 fiscal year. SHIP funds are available to individual applicants for the following programs:

  • Down Payment Assistance via Tallahassee Lenders Consortium.
  • Emergency Housing Repair & Housing Resilience.
  • Disaster Recovery, if funds are made available.

Applications for assistance for the above programs will be accepted July 6, 2020 through August 7, 2020. Applications will continue to be accepted until sufficient applications have been received to expend funds allocated for each program.

SHIP funds are also available to applicant organizations for the following programs:

  • Rental Development & Rehabilitation (New & Existing).
  • Homeownership Development (New).

Applications from potential applicant organizations that have experience performing housing activities for eligible households will be reviewed on an ongoing basis starting July 6, 2020 until sufficient applications have been received to expend allocated funds.  Leon County’s housing assistance plan provides eligibility requirements, a funding budget for each program, and selection criteria.   

2021-2023 Leon County Housing Assistance Plan

2020-2021 Income Limits

Note: The Home Rehabilitation & Replacement programs are not accepting new applications at this time.

Affordable Housing Rental Search

If you are looking for assistance in locating affordable rental properties please click HERE and search your desired location by city, county or zip code.  This search tool also allows you to see the search results on a map or a list. 


Rental Assistance Program

On May 12, 2020 the Leon County Board of Commissioners established the Rental Assistance Program, which will be funded by the additional $36,092 in State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) allocated by the State of Florida for the 2019‐2020 fiscal year borne out of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To be eligible for SHIP Rental Assistance, an applicant household must qualify as income eligible (gross income of 80% of area median income or less), have a lease equivalent to 12 months and the landlord must be willing to accept payment from the County and stop any eviction actions to be eligible.  Other eligibility criteria may apply.  The maximum assistance that will be provided to eligible households will be the lesser of $2,000 or two months of rent. 

Due to the limited funding available for SHIP Rental Assistance, Leon County may leverage these funds with existing emergency assistance programs (Direct Emergency Assistance Program and the Veteran Emergency Assistance Program) offered by the County. Potential applicants are asked to attempt to seek assistance from human service providers that have an established program that might meet their needs.  More information about available programs can be obtained by clicking HERE.

Applications for assistance will be accepted as soon as an electronic application is developed, which is expected to be on June 1, 2020. Applications will be accepted until a sufficient number have been received to expend allocated funds.  A waitlist will not be created once funds are expended. 




Short Term Emergency Housing Repairs

The Short Term Emergency Repairs Program assists low-income homeowners living in the unincorporated areas of Leon County short term-assistance to buy time for the homeowner to identify a permanent solution to their housing repair needs. The program provides grant assistance to address a dire situation and/or prevent further damage to the home. The most common emergency repairs are tarps for leaking roofs and emergency pump-outs of failing septic systems. The Short Term Emergency Repairs Program is NOT intended to be a permanent fix.

Funding for this program for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 has been established at $50,000.  The application period will begin on October 4, 2019 and will continue until enough eligible households are identified or served to exhaust the funds. Funds will be awarded on a first qualified first served basis.


Emergency Housing Repair & Housing Resilience

SHIP Funds will be awarded to applicants in need of rehabilitation of their home related to a dire situation that needs to be mitigated immediately via a short term and/or permanent repair. This includes: damaged roofing that is leaking, damaged windows causing exposure to the elements, electrical, plumbing or septic problems that could cause damage to the home or to remediate an immediate health hazard to the occupants. SHIP funds will also be awarded to applicants to protect and prepare the home’s resilience to the impact of a future disaster.


Down Payment Assistance

Two sources of down payment assistance are available and are administered by the Tallahassee Lender’s Consortium (TLC) on behalf of the Leon County Housing Services Division.  

THE FUNDING FOR DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE HAS BEEN FULLY EXHAUSTED.  Please check back after June 1, 2020 as new funding is expected to be available.  

Until then, down payment assistance may be available through a partnership between the Leon County Housing Finance Authority (Leon HFA) and the Escambia County Housing Finance Authority  Contact the Escambia HFA at a participating lender to learn more about the program.

Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation

Due to the high number of homeowners already waiting to receive assistance, the Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation Program is NOT accepting applications at this time and the waiting list is closed. Check this website for updates.

Contact Matthew G. Wyman II850.606.1900


Contact Geraldine Green850.606.1917GreenG@LeonCountyfl.gov



Office of Human Services & Community Partnerships 918 Railroad Avenue
Tallahassee, Fl 32310
FAX: 850-606-1901

Leon County Contacts
Equal Opportunity Employment
Employee Relations Manager
Genevieve Minnix
American with Disabilities
Act/Section Liaison
Maggie Theriot
Fair Housing Coordinator

Matthew G. Wyman II