There are various funding sources available through Human & Veteran Services including State and Federal grants.
Federal - U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires all communities to prepare a Consolidated Plan if they receive annual formula grants. Lee County receives three formula grants totaling more than $3 million from HUD: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership, and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG).
The Consolidated Plan covers a five-year period and provides strategies to address housing, homeless and community development needs. Funds are used for a variety of public service and infrastructure projects and for programs administered by a number of government, nonprofit and private agencies including the City of Bonita Springs, City of Sanibel and the Town of Fort Myers Beach. The 2013-2017 Consolidated Plan has been submitted to HUD. At the same time the Consolidated Plan is submitted, a Five-Year Environmental Review is also submitted.
Annual Action Plan
An Annual Action Plan is done for each of the five years to detail specific projects that will meet these goals. At any time, the Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plans can be amended. At the end of each funding year, a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) is submitted to HUD, which provides a summary of which goals specified in both the Consolidated Plan and the Annual Action Plans were met.
The Annual Action Plan, CAPER, as well as HUD responses to the CAPER, are all posted on this page when they are completed for the public’s review and comment. These documents can be made available in alternative accessible formats upon request.
State - Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO)
On February 8, 2018, HUD released Federal Register Notice 83 FR 5844, which provided the allocations, common application, waivers, and alternative requirements for 2017 Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Grantees. The notice provided the funding allocations for the State of Florida in the amount of $615,922,000, with specific allocations, in the amount of $492,737,600, for Monroe, Miami-Dade, Duval, Lee, Polk, Collier, Brevard, Broward, Orange, and Volusia counties; and zip codes 32068, 34266, 32136, and 32091. The Hurricane Irma Action Plan was submitted to HUD by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity on May 15, 2018.
On April 10, 2018, HUD announced an additional $791 million for to support remaining unmet needs and mitigation activities following Hurricane Irma. HUD will provide additional guidance regarding the eligibile uses of this funding in the near future. Please check this page periodically for updates.