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Housing Services

Jelani Marks

Jelani Marks,
Housing Services Manager

Contact
850-606-1900
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Address
615 Paul Russell Road
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Growing the inventory of safe and sanitary affordable housing in Leon County

Mission Statement

To build partnerships and administer programs that preserve and grow the inventory of safe and sanitary affordable housing in Leon County.

The Division's major programs are income driven and include owner-occupied rehabilitation, home buyer counseling, down-payment assistance, and emergency home repairs. Most of our programs are funded through the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) program and the Housing Finance Authority of Leon County. Read our Documents and Reports to review program policy and eligibility information as well as the most recent SHIP Annual Report.

Programs and Services Provided

SHIP Disaster Recovery Program

Opened in response to the significant damage experienced in Leon County during the May 10, 2024 tornadoes, State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Disaster Recovery Program can provide assistance with homeowner’s insurance deductibles, home repair costs by licensed and certified contractors, emergency supplies purchased to weatherproof damaged homes, and temporary relocation, mortgage, and utility assistance for displaced households.

Applications are now open. Visit the application portal below to apply.

Leon County has established Application Assistance Centers at the following locations to assist residents with completing applications: 

  • Eastside Branch Library, 1583 Pedrick Rd
  • Fort Braden Community Center, 16387 Blountstown Hwy
  • Woodville Branch Library, 8000 Old Woodville Rd

Centers are open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding holidays.

To be eligible for Disaster Recovery Services:

  • Home must have sustained documented damage during the May 10, 2024 tornadoes.
  • Property must be in unincorporated Leon County.
  • Property must be homesteaded and owner-occupied.
  • Mobile home repairs can only be funded for units built after June of 1994.
  • Household must be income eligible (Moderate, low, or very low-income). However, low-income, very low-income and special needs households (as defined by Florida Statutes) will be prioritized for assistance.

Emergency Roof Tarps

The Leon County Division of Housing Services has a limited supply of free emergency roof tarps available for Leon County residents with roof damage. 

Interested Leon County residents should contact the Division of Housing Services at (850) 606-1900 in advance to check availability.  Tarps can be picked up in our office (615 Paul Russell Rd.) during normal business hours or may be delivered to you upon request if you are not able to pick one up from the office.  Please contact our office for additional information.
**** PLEASE NOTE THAT A TARP INSTALLATION IS NOT INCLUDED ****


Mobile Home Emergency Repairs

The Mobile Home Emergency Repair Program primarily assists low-income Leon County mobile homeowner-occupants who need repairs related to immediate health hazards and/or to eliminate a developing threat to the dwelling or its infrastructure that needs to be mitigated immediately. Typically, projects are funded as grant assistance. However, more costly repairs may require a deferred payment, forgivable, noninterest-bearing loan.

Emergency Home Repairs most often include a damaged/leaking roof, 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.

Applications will be accepted beginning Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at 10 a.m., and will be accepted until sufficient applications have been received to expend available funding. Utilizing program guidelines, applications will be reviewed and eligible projects may begin thereafter.

Please Note: Applications will be accepted starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 6, 2023. Staff support will be available beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 7, 2023, by appointment only. If you need assistance with completing an application or uploading documents, please contact our office at (850 606-1900 and staff will schedule an appointment for you.


Home Rehabilitation/Emergency Home Repair Program (Non-Mobile Home)

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 most typically funded by a deferred payment, forgivable, noninterest-bearing loan, although grants for minimal, temporary repairs may be provided.

Emergency Home Repairs most often include a damaged/leaking roof, 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.

If you live inside City limits (Tax Code 1), please contact the City of Tallahassee for emergency repairs on non-mobile home dwellings.

Applications will be accepted beginning Monday, December 6, 2023, at 10 a.m., and will be accepted until sufficient applications have been received to expend available funding.  Utilizing program guidelines, applications will be reviewed and eligible projects may begin thereafter.

If your home is not a mobile home, please apply for funds using the Home Rehabilitation/Emergency Home Repair Program.

Please Note: Applications will be accepted starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 6, 2023. Staff support will be available beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 7, 2023, by appointment only. If you need assistance completing an application or uploading documents, please contact our office at (850) 606-1900 and staff will schedule an appointment for you.


Notice of Funding Registration

Our rehabilitation and replacement programs require applicants attend one (1) Housing Services Workshop prior to applications opening. The workshops are to provide attendees with information about our program, and helpful information on how to apply. If you would like to be notified when funding will be available, please click here and complete the Notification of Funding Registration.


Homeownership Development (HOD) Program (Developers Only)

The Homeownership Development (HOD) Program is one of the Division of Housing Services' strategies to grow the inventory of affordable housing in Leon County. The HOD Program is designed to provide funding to for-profit and not-for-profit organizations for the development of homes for low-income first-time homebuyers.

Before you apply, you will need to view the presentation for program information and overview.

If you are a developer that would like to apply for this program, please apply for funding using the Homeownership Development (HOD) Program.

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