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 Office of Housing & Services
Office Location
Citrus Rail Plaza
2008 Classique Lane
Tavares, FL 32778

Office Hours
Monday thru Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Housing Choice Voucher Application
CDBG FY 2018 Annual Action Plan
2018 Lake County Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice
CDBG Citizen Participation Plan

The Office of Housing and Community Development's mission is to provide an integrated system of services, resources and opportunities to help people improve their lives, the lives of others, neighborhoods and the total community. Eligibility requirements apply to the programs offered.

A variety of services are offered to the citizens of Lake County. These services include:

Home Ownership Assistance

This program assists low-income households with the down payment and closing costs. Homes purchased may be existing with repairs or new construction. The applicant must be eligible to obtain a mortgage through a participating lender. The source of funding is through State House Initiatives Partnership (SHIP). For more information, call 352-742-6540 or click here.

In order to be considered for the SHIP Down Payment Assistance Program, you will need to consult with Consumer Debt Counselors and determine your mortgage readiness. Once you are determined mortgage ready, you will be referred to the housing office and placed on the waiting list for Down Payment Assistance.

You will be eligible for SHIP Down Payment Assistance when you have been pulled from the waiting list and housing staff have determined you are household income eligible for funding.

You can reach Consumer Debt Counselors at (407) 599-0057

We do not discriminate in the sale, rental and financing of housing and in the provisions of brokerage and appraisal services, because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin.

SHIP Home Rehabilitation & Replacement
The home rehab and replacement program is designed to aid low income homeowners with housing problems that pose a serious threat to the health and safety and/or welfare of the household. The home must be an owner-occupied, homestead property, for a minimum of 3 years. The source of funding is through SHIP (State Housing Initiative Partnership). There is mandatory criteria for each program. Applicants must meet all requirements in order to be placed on the waiting list. For additional program information please call (352) 742-6540 or click here, to download an application.

NOTICE: The SHIP Rehabilitation & Replacement Program is accepting preliminary applications. In order for an applicant to be placed on the waiting list, the preliminary application must be filled out completely and all adults in the household must sign the form. The original preliminary application must be brought in or mailed to the housing office. Applications are processed on a first come, first served basis, depending on income level.

SHIP Rental Assistance
Lake County’s State Housing Initiative Program (SHIP) funding will be awarded to renters that are in danger of becoming homeless as a result of the inability to pay rent or make security and/or utility deposits. Applications will be accepted and placed on a waiting list on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be processed as funding is available.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Applications are being accepted for funding in the form of rental assistance for Lake County residents who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Residents may receive rent assistance as a direct payment to a landlord for past due balances. Visit https://lakecountyfl.gov/cares to apply and learn about program criteria and documentation criteria.

Assistance received may be taxable income.

For residents who require additional guidance with the application process, Lake County will offer appointments for consultation. Residents may schedule a consultation at https://bit.ly/3udLvft

Have questions? Call the helpline at 352-742-6539

Section 8 Housing Assistance
Section 8 Rental Voucher program is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. A rental subsidy is paid directly to the landlord by the housing agency on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program. Eligibility for a rental voucher is determined based on the total annual gross income and family size. Applications are only accepted when the waiting list is open. For more information, call (352) 742-6540 or click here.

Community Development Block Grant
Lake County annually receives Community Development Block Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These funds are used to improve the living environment and quality of life for low and moderate-income citizens and their communities in Lake County. For more information call (352) 742-6540.

Eligibility requirements apply to the programs offered.

Allison Thall, Interim Office of Housing and Human Services Manager
Lake County Community Services Department
P.O. Box 7800
Tavares, FL 32778-7800

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