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EIP Notice: October 23- Leon County COVID-19 Community Update... More »

Housing Services

Due to COVID-19, services and or programs may have changed. Click here to view the latest service changes.

 

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 (Tax Code 2).

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 have been impacted by COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive direct assistance through Leon County’s Leon CARES program. The Leon CARES expenditure plan, approved by the Board of County Commissioners in July 2020, uses federal dollars to fund essential public health and safety expenditures related to COVID-19 including enhanced testing and contact tracing, direct assistance to individuals experiencing financial hardship, a variety of human service needs, critical economic relief to the local business community, and direct COVID-related costs incurred by the County, Constitutional and Judicial Offices, and the City of Tallahassee.

Individual Assistance – The Individual Assistance program is designed to provide eligible Leon County (includes City of Tallahassee households) households assistance with past-due rent, mortgage and utility bills. Click HERE to review the program brochure.

NOTE: On October 16, 2020 a text message and email was sent to all Leon CARES Individual Assistance applicants to provide information on additional CARES funded Leon County programs (not Leon CARES) that may be of benefit.  The following link will provide the email message that was sent: Additional Leon County Coronavirus Related Resources

If you have general questions about the status of your Leon CARES application or necessary documentation, please contact the Leon County CARES hotline at 855-203-6584.

PLEASE CLICK THE PROGRAM TITLE TO APPLY FOR THE LEON CARES PROGRAM INCLUDING INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE.


RE-HOUSING & IMMINENT EVICTION PREVENTION ASSISTANCE

The Leon County Re-Housing & Imminent Eviction Prevention Program provides eligible households (individuals) that are considered homeless or that face imminent eviction (must have been financially impacted by COIVD-19) with first month’s rent and security deposit to live in a home in the unincorporated areas of Leon County.  The program may also provide assistance with utility deposit (past due if needed to initiate service), past due storage fees and moving expenses.  Additional rent and utility assistance may be provided if the household cannot pay future rent and/or utilities when due.  

If you are experiencing and are not yet connected with a CESC, Inc./Kearney Center, Big Bend Homeless Coalition, CCYS, Catholic Charities, Refuge House or Ability 1st Case Manager, please contact the Big Bend Continuum of Care 850-792-5015 to be referred to an agency that will best meet your immediate needs and assist you in completing your application.

IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE FOR PAST DUE RENT AND/OR UTILITIES PLEASE MAKE APPLICATION WITH THE LEON CARES PROGRAM.

This program is funded by the CARES Act.  The application period will end when the first of the following occur: on December 15, 2020 or when enough applications are received to expend allocated funds.

Questions, requests for additional information or reasonable accommodation should be directed to Division of Housing Services staff.  Contact information can be found at the bottom of this page.

PLEASE CLICK THE PROGRAM TITLE TO APPLY FOR THE RE-HOUSING & IMMINENT EVICTION PREVENTION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.


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. 


EMERGENCY HOUSING REPAIR PROGRAMS

Funds will be awarded to eligible homeowners living in the unincorporated areas of Leon County 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.    Funding for Mobile Homes is extremely limited.  Mobile Homes manufactured prior to June 1994 are NOT eligible for State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) funds.

CARES Act EMERGENCY REPAIRS: A portion of CARES ACT funding will be made available to income eligible (120% area median income) homeowners living in the unincorporated areas of Leon County (Tax Code 2) that have been financially impacted by Coronavirus and need emergency home repairs for issues that could lead to health, air quality or other COVID related concerns that arose during the period between March 1, 2020 to December 30, 2020. 

Applications will be accepted immediately in coordination with the SHIP Emergency Housing Repair program.  The application period will end when the first of the following occur: on December 1, 2020 or when enough applications are received to expend allocated funds.

If you live inside City limits (Tax Code 1) please contact the City of Tallahassee for emergency repairs. 

Questions, requests for additional information or reasonable accommodation should be directed to Division of Housing Services staff.  Contact information can be found at the bottom of this page.

PLEASE CLICK THE PROGRAM TITLE TO APPLY FOR ANY EMERGENCY HOUSING REPAIR PROGRAMS


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.

Tarps are available for pickup and installation by the homeowner if you have a leak in your roof.  

Funding for this program for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 has been established at $50,000. The application period will begin on October 1, 2020 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.

If you live inside City limits (Tax Code 1) please contact the City of Tallahassee for emergency repairs.  

PLEASE CLICK THE PROGRAM TITLE TO APPLY FOR ANY EMERGENCY HOUSING REPAIR PROGRAMS


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.  

Until additional funding is made available, 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.

Down payment assistance may also be available through the Florida Housing Finance Corporation.  Click HERE to find out more about their programs.


OWNER-OCCUPIED HOME 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
WymanM@leoncountyfl.gov

 

Contact Geraldine Green850.606.1917GreenG@LeonCountyfl.gov

 

Contact850.606.1921

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
850-606-2400
MinnixG@leoncountyfl.gov
American with Disabilities
Act/Section Liaison
Maggie Theriot
850-606-5011
TheriotM@leoncountyfl.gov
Fair Housing Coordinator

Matthew G. Wyman II
 850-606-1900
 WymanM@leoncountyfl.gov