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Housing Services

Kevin McCarthy Kevin McCarthy, AICPHousing Services ManagerFair Housing Coordinator

The Division of Housing Services provides owner-occupied rehabilitation, home buyer counseling, down-payment assistance, and emergency repairs to low- and moderate-income residents of unincorporated Leon County (outside of the City of Tallahassee). Most of our programs are funded through the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) program.

Down Payment Assistance 

Two sources of down payment assistance are available; both are administered by partner organizations.

Down payment assistance is available through a partnership between the Leon County Housing Finance Authority (Leon HFA) and the Escambia County Housing Finance Authority (Escambia HFA). Contact the Escambia HFA at or a participating lender to learn more about the program.

The Tallahassee Lender’s Consortium (TLC) also administers a down payment assistance program on behalf of the Leon County Housing Services Division. Contact TLC directly to learn more: 850-222-6609 ext.100.

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.

Emergency Repairs

The Emergency Repairs Program assists low-income homeowners living in the unincorporated areas of Leon County. The program provides one-time short-term 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 Emergency Repairs Program is not intended to be a permanent fix. The program provides short-term assistance to buy0time for the homeowner to identify a permanent solution to their housing repair needs. To apply for assistance please fill out the housing services inquiry form.

Housing Services Inquiry


Important Documents

Local Housing Assistance Program (LHAP)

2018 SHIP Annual Report



Contact Kevin McCarthy 850.606.1916


Contact Geraldine Green850.606.1917GreenG@LeonCountyfl.gov


Contact Lon Twyman850.606.1921TwymanL@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 Kevin McCarthy
850-606-1916     McCarthyK@leoncountyfl.gov