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Local Housing Assistance Plan

The Local Housing Assistance Plan (LHAP) was prepared for the county's participation in the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (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.


2014-2017 Local Housing Assistance Plan
Affordable Housing Incentive Review Report


State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP)

SHIP - State Housing Initiative Partnership 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.

SHIP Application deadline is 4 p.m. October 10, 2014 - Application period from Oct. 6-10, 2014

The SHIP allocation for FY 2014/2015 is $1,907,917 with $1,717,125 available. No applications will be accepted prior to October 6, 2014. Applications must be postmarked or delivered by the Friday, October 10, 2014 deadline, no later than 4:00 p.m. Faxed and e-mailed applications will not be accepted. Applications received after the deadline will be disqualified, along with any faxed or e-mailed applications. Please mail to:

Lee County SHIP Program
Lee County Planning Division
P.O. Box 398
Ft. Myers, FL 33902-0398

The physical address of the Lee County SHIP Program is at the Lee County Planning Division, 1500 Monroe St., 2nd Floor, Ft. Myers, FL 33901.

2014-15 SHIP Grant Application2014-15 SHIP Grant Application

Instructions for documenting Special Needs


At least 20 percent of the 2014-2015 SHIP allocation must be used to serve persons with special needs (as defined in section 420.0004(13) Florida Statutes). First priority will be to serve persons with developmental disabilities (as defined in section 393.063 Florida Statutes) by providing home modifications, including technological enhancements and devices which will allow homeowners to remain independent in their own homes and maintain their homeownership.

SHIP Instructions and Application for documenting Special Needs 


Lee County Affordable Housing Programs - Current Income Guides


Adobe Reader Required SHIP Income Limits for Homeownership

Adobe Reader Required SHIP Rental Income Guidelines



For households looking for information about local rental options, please see the Florida Housing Finance Corporation's website or click on the web link below: 


Affordable Housing Committee


For more information concerning Affordable Housing, please call the Lee County Department of Community Development at (239) 533-8585.