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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. 

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.


State Housing Initiatives Partnership & Hurricane Housing Recovery Program

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. 

Leon County will prioritize the needs of eligible applicants whose housing has been affected by Hurricane Michael using HHRP.  

Funds are available for the following programs:

  • Down Payment Assistance via Tallahassee Lenders Consortium (TLC); $100,000 budget 
  • Emergency Housing Repair & Housing Resilience; $200,000
  • Rental Development; $20,000 budget
  • Disaster Recovery, if funds are made available in the future.
  • Home Rehabilitation & Replacement has a Wait-List that is closed.  New applications are not being accepted.

Mobile Homes may be eligible under limited circumstances but must have been manufactured after June 1994.

More specific information about these programs, including HOW TO APPLY, can be found HERE.

Down Payment Assistance

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

The Tallahassee Lender’s Consortium (TLC) administers a down payment assistance program on behalf of the Leon County Housing Services Division.  


If you have questions please contact TLC at 850-222-6609 ext.100.

Down payment assistance is also 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.

Rental Development

Funds will be awarded to developers to build new or to rehabilitate affordable rental units (single family detached or multi). Developers are required to be awarded construction financing through other local, state, federal, or private housing programs to construct new affordable rental units. This funding may be used as gap financing required for the project.

If interested in applying for the Rental Development program please email WymanM@leoncountyfl.gov

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.



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) 606-1501

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.

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


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

Matthew G. Wyman II