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Housing Services

Jelani Marks Jelani Marks, Housing Services Manager

The Division of Housing Services mission is: 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.  Application information for our programs can be found below.  Most of our programs are funded through the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) program as well as the Housing Finance Authority of Leon County.  Please see the "Documents and Reports" page of this site (menu to the right) to review program policy, eligibility information as well as the most recent SHIP Annual Report available for public comment.

Contact Housing Services Manager 850.606.1900 HSCP-HousingServices@leoncountyfl.gov

Office of Human Services & Community Partnerships 615 Paul Russell Road
Tallahassee, FL 32301
PHONE: 850.606.1900 FAX: 850-606-1901

Homeownership Development Program

The Leon County Division of Housing Services will be hosting an informational workshop on our Homeownership Development Program on Friday, January 27, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. at the Leon County Agricultural Center (615 Paul Russell Road).  This workshop will serve as a prelude to the opening of the Homeownership Development Program application period later this spring. 

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

At the workshop, we will provide:

  • An overview of the program and application process
  • Potential award amounts
  • Eligibility requirements
  • Long-term affordability requirements 

Potential program sponsors (for-profit organizations with experience in housing development and not-for-profit organizations that are dedicated to the provision of affordable housing) are encouraged to attend this informational workshop. If your organization plans to have a representative attend the workshop, please register using the sign-up link below.  

Homeownership Development Program Workshop Registration


 


MOBILE HOME EMERGENCY REPAIR PROGRAM

MOBILE HOME EMERGENCY REPAIRS The Mobile Home Emergency Repair Program primarily assists low-income Leon County mobile homeowner-occupants that 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.

Emergency Home Repairs most often include 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. Please note that the application period for Home Rehabilitation and Home Replacement has closed.

Applications will be accepted until sufficient applications have been received to expend available funding. Based on program guidelines, applications will be reviewed, and eligible projects may begin thereafter.

IF YOUR HOME IS A MOBILE HOME, PLEASE CLICK THE PROGRAM TITLE TO APPLY FOR MOBILE HOME EMERGENCY REPAIR.

Please contact the Division of Housing Services (850) 606-1900 if you need assistance completing the application.

If you need assistance with your application or uploading documents, please contact the Division of Housing Services (850) 606-1900 to schedule an appointment with one of our Housing Services team members.


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 grants.

Emergency Home Repairs most often include 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. Please note that the application period for Home Rehabilitation and Home Replacement has closed.

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 until sufficient applications have been received to expend available funding. Based on program guidelines, applications will be reviewed, and eligible projects may begin thereafter.

IF YOUR HOME IS NOT A MOBILE HOME, PLEASE CLICK THE PROGRAM TITLE TO APPLY FOR HOME EMERGENCY REPAIR.

Please contact the Division of Housing Services (850)-606-1900 if you need assistance completing the application.


 

 

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. 

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


DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

Please contact the Tallahassee Lender’s Consortium at 850-222-6609 if you need assistance completing the application for the City of Tallahassee’s (properties inside City limits Tax Code-1) down payment assistance program which is also administered by TLC.

Additional down payment assistance funding 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 including the recently funded Hometown Heroes program which makes homeownership affordable for eligible frontline community workers such as law enforcement officers, firefighters, educators, healthcare professionals, childcare employees, and active military or veterans.  Click HERE to find out more about their programs.

Down payment assistance may also be available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Click HERE to find out more about their programs.


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

Las preguntas, solicitudes de información adicional o adaptaciones razonables deben dirigirse al personal de la División de Servicios de Vivienda. La información de contacto se puede encontrar en la parte superior de esta página.

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