​​State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP)picture of equal housing opportunity logo

​​SHIP is the centerpiece of the William E. Sadowski Affordable Housing Act. The SHIP program channels a portion of new and existing documentary stamp taxes on deeds directly to local governments for the development and maintenance of affordable housing.


​​​​​​Local Housing Assistance Plan​​​ (LHAP)

LHAP was prepared for the County's participation in the SHIP program, in compliance with Florida Statute 420.907 and Florida Administrative Code Rule 67-37. The program is administered by the Lee County Department of Community Development, which also oversees the local government comprehensive plan, zoning, permitting, and environmental resources services. Lee County’s SHIP program provides funding and technical assistance to nonprofit housing development organizations and down payment/closing cost assistance to qualified homebuyers.

2017-2020 Local Housing Assistance Plan​
​Affordable Housing Incentive Review Report


Funding Availability

Lee County announces the availability of funding as authorized under the SHIP Program created per Florida Statutes 420.907 and subject to the rules of Florida Administrative Code 67-37, and the 2014/15 – 2016/17 and 2017/2018 – 2019/2020 Lee County Local Housing Assistance Plans. The total funding available for FY 2016/2017 (supplemental) is $406,506.87 and the projected total distribution for FY 2017/2018 is $1,859,828.00 with $1,673,845 available. 

SHIP Workshop - August 11, 2017

Instructions for Documenting Special Needs​

Special needs is defined in section 420.0004(13) Florida Statutes. Priority is to serve persons with developmental disabilities (as defined in section 393.063 Florida Statutes) by providing home modifications, including technological enhancements and devices that will allow homeowners to remain independent in their own homes and maintain their homeownership.
​​ Current Income Guides
SHIP Income Limits for Homeownership
SHIP Rental Income Guidelines​

Additional Affordable Housing Programs and Direct Services

For more information concerning SHIP, call 239-533-8585.