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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.


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. 


Due to an extremely high demand for our services, we currently have very limited funding available for our programs.

For more information about future funding availability, please review the following Notices of Funding Availability.  

We apologize for the inconvenience this has created.

NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY

Short Term Emergency Housing Repairs

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.

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, 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.

Please click here to apply for Short Term Emergency Repairs

 

 


NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY

SHIP & HHRP

The State of Florida has allocated $171,786 in State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) & $351,000 in Hurricane Housing Recovery Program (HHRP) funds for the 2019‐2020 fiscal year. 

SHIP funds are available for the following programs:

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

Home Rehabilitation & Replacement has a waitlist that is closed.  New applications are not being accepted.

Leon County will prioritize the needs of eligible applicants whose housing has been affected by Hurricane Michael using HHRP.  HHRP assistance funds may be used to:

  • Make interim & permanent repairs for damages;
  • Make interim repairs to avoid further damage to the home;
  • Prepare for future disasters and make the home more resilient;
  • Pay for the deductible for eligible homeowners using their homeowner’s insurance to pay for storm damage repairs; and
  • Fund SHIP program activities

Applications for assistance through SHIP & HHRP will be accepted starting October 28, 2019 through November 29, 2019 or until sufficient applications have been received to expend allocated funds. Please view Leon County’s housing assistance plan, which includes program eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and eligible income category.  The funding budget for each program and current income limits can be viewed below.

Parties interested in participating in SHIP or HHRP will have the opportunity to initiate the application process on this site during the application period or by emailing WymanM@leoncountyfl.gov.  

Important Documents

2017-2020 Local Housing Assistance Plan

2019 Income Limits

2019‐2020 HHRP Program Budget 

2019‐2020 Current SHIP Program Budget 


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

 

Notice is hereby given that the Leon County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room of the Amtrak Building, located at 918 Railroad Ave to adopt a report of recommendations regarding local housing incentives in preparation to present to the Board of County Commissioners.


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.


Advanced Septic System Pilot Project

The State of Florida provided Leon County with $1.5 million to upgrade septic systems which are not being addressed by central sewer construction in parts of southern Leon County.  The Wakulla Springs Priority Focus Area will benefit from conversions proposed of existing septic systems to advanced treatment drainfields.  By converting now under the grant program, your family will save the expense of future upgrade if your property is within the Priority Focus Area and less than one acre in size. Choosing to convert now could save you thousands of dollars while helping to preserve our water supply and protect the groundwater that flows to Wakulla Springs.

If eligible, the following expenses will be paid by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection during the grant period (Estimated at $10,000 per home):

  • Drainfield reconstruction & associated fees
  • Connection to septic tank
  • Restoration of yard

Please navigate to the interactive map and check you address for eligibility.  If your address is within the program service area, you are urged to complete the application. 

The completed application with notarization can be sent to Leon County using one of the following methods:
1. Be dropped off at or mailed to Leon County Public Works Department Engineering Services Division 2280 Miccosukee Road, Tallahassee, FL 32308 
2. Be e-mailed to LeonCountySprings@LeonCountyFL.gov 
3. Be faxed to (850) 506-1501


 2019 Spring Home Expo

In case you missed the 2019 Spring Home Expo that took place on Saturday, April 13th 2019, watch the videos below!

Check out Photos from the Event! Here’s the link to the Leon Photos gallery.


SHIP SFY 2016-2017 Annual Report

Members of the public may review and submit written comments on the Leon County Housing Services State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Annual Report SFY 2016-2017 report. Members of the public making comment shall identify themselves by name, address, and interest affected.  Parties interested in making written comment may provide comment directly on the report and return by email, mail or visit the Department of Human Services & Community Partnerships reception desk located at 918 Railroad Avenue.

Leon County shall attach a copy of all such written comments and its responses to the annual report submitted to the corporation. 

Contact Matthew G. Wyman II850.606.1900
WymanM@leoncountyfl.gov

 

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
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