The Contract Management unit (or "Contracts") supports community-based, nonprofit agencies in delivering social service programs to meet diverse human service needs in Lee County. The unit manages grants and contracts to ensure services are delivered in accordance with Federal, State, and Local funding regulations and requirements.  The goal of the unit is to ensure that appropriate services are provided to Lee County residents, and that agencies are in compliance with contract provisions.

The unit manages funds from a variety of sources including: the Board of County Commissions (BOCC) allocation from the general revenue budget, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Florida State Office on Homelessness (SOH), and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).​

Lee County NSP Grant Funding

Lee County received federal funding in 2008 and 2010 to promote these homeownership opportunities in the County. The latest Quarterly Performance Reports (QPR) are available, which demonstrate this program's success to date.

Federal - U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)

Consolidated Plan

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, Village of Estero and the Town of Fort Myers Beach. 

The 2019-2023 Consolidated Plan covers the period of October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2024. 

The 2019-2023 Consolidated Plan is now available.

The 2013-2018 Consolidated Plan has been submitted to HUD. At the same time the Consolidated Plan is submitted, a Five-Year Environmental Review is also submitted.

​Consolidated Plan Amendments Summary
2013-2017 Consolidated Plan
​Five-Year Environmental Review
2020 SHOP Environmental Reviews 
Public Notice May Amendment

Lee County hosted several community meetings to gather public input for upcoming strategic plans. Comments gathered at the meetings are being considered in the development of the 2019-2023 Consolidated Plan, 2019 Annual Action Plan, 2019 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, and 2019-2021 Community Services Block Grant Strategic Plan.

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.​

In accordance with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations governing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and HOME programs, Lee County hereby notifies the public that a public hearing is scheduled to take comments related to the development of the 2021 Annual Action Plan.  In general, housing, community development, and projects to assist the homeless or prevent homelessness will be undertaken.  Lee County encourages residents to participate in the development of this plan. All comments from residents will be considered in preparing the final plan and reported in the document.

2020 Annual Action Plan​
Amendments to the Annual Action Plans​
Amendments to Citizen Participation Plan​
​2019 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)
​2018 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)
​Draft Amendments to the 2018 and 2019 Annual Action Plans
​Amendments to the 2018 Plan
2018  Annual Action Plan​
​2017 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)
Amendments to the 2017 Action Plan​
2017 Annual Action Plan
​2016 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)
Amendments to the 2016 Annual Plan
2016 Annual Action Plan
​2015 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)


Department of Economic Opportunity

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act has appropriated $5 billion in Community Development Block Grant-CARES Act funding (CDBG-CV2) nationwide to assist low-income families and most vulnerable citizens. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has allocated $3 billion of the $5 billion appropriated by Congress.  Lee County is an entitlement program, eligible to apply for Community Development Block Grant-Coronavirus Relief Funding in the amount of $1,006,927. More information available on the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Website

Lee County is applying for Community Development Block Grant - Coronavirus Relief Funding through the Department of Economic Opportunity.  Eligible projects are listed below.  Any comments or feedback can be directed to Clare Dennehy at CDennehy@leegov.com by February 2, 2021.

A public hearing is scheduled to take comments related to the application for Community Development Block Grant – CARES Act (CDBG-CV2) funding. 

De acuerdo con la Ley de Derechos Civiles y la Ley para Estadounidenses con Discapacidades, el Condado de Lee no discriminará en contra de cualquier individuo basado en la raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, edad, discapacidad, religión, ingreso o situación familiar. Para solicitar la interpretación a otro idioma, traducción de documentos o un auditivo auxiliar, servicio o una modificación razonable para participar, póngase en contacto con Joan LaGuardia, (239) 533-2314, servicio de relevo de la Florida 711, por lo menos con cinco días de anterioridad. La acomodación será gratuita sin costo alguno para el solicitante.

Annakò avèk Lwa-Seksyon VI Dwa Sivil la avèk Lwa sou Andikap Ameriken an, Konte Lee p ap diskrimine kont moun sou baz ras, koulè, orijin nasyonal, sèks, laj, andikap, relijyon, revni oswa estati familyal. Pou mande sèvis entèprèt pou lang, tradiksyon dokiman oswa yon èd siplemantè, sèvis oswa akomodasyon rezonab pou patisipe, kontakte Joan LaGuardia, (239) 533-2314, Florida Relay Service 711, omwen senk (5) jou ouvrab davans. Y ap bay akomodasyon yo gratis a moun ki mande li a


In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Lee County will not discriminate against individuals with disabilities in its services, programs, or activities. To request an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a reasonable modification to participate, contact Joan LaGuardia, (239) 533-2314, Florida Relay Service 711, or jlaguardia@leegov.com. Accommodation will be provided at no cost to the requestor. Requests should be made at least five business days in advance. Persons needing translation services should contact Clare Dennehy at 239-533-7905, by email at cdennehy@leegov.com, or in person at Lee County Human and Veteran Services, 2440 Thompson Street, Fort Myers, Florida 33901. Requests should be made 48 hours in advance. Accommodation will be provided at no cost to the requestor.

De acuerdo con el Acto de Americanos Discapacitados, el Condado de Lee no discriminará contra  individuos con discapacidades en sus servicios, programas o actividades. Para solicitar una ayuda auxiliar o servicio para la comunicación efectiva o una modificación razonable para participar, póngase en contacto con Joan LaGuardia por teléfono al 239-533-2314; a través del Servicio de Retransmision  de Florida, llamando al 711; o jlaguardia@leegov.com.  Las personas que necesitan servicios de traducción se deberían poner en contacto Clare Dennehy al 239-533-7905, por el correo electrónico en cdennehy@leegov.com , o en persona en el Servicios Humanos del Condado de Lee, 2440 Thompson Street, Fort  Myers, Florida 33901. Las solicitudes deberían ser hechas 48 horas de antemano. El alojamiento será proporcionado gratis al solicitante.

Community Development Block Grant

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at HUD. The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to local governments and states to develop sustainable communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment and opportunities to expand economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate-income persons.

Community development activities build stronger and more resilient communities through an ongoing process of identifying and addressing needs, assets and priority investments. CDBG activities may include acquisition and or disposition of property, construction and improvements to public facilities, public services, housing rehabilitation, homeownership assistance, and economic development activities.

2020 Program Year Funding

CDBG Housing Delivery
​$210,000
​CDBG Owner Rehabilitation/Reconstruction
​$399,508
​CDBG Homeless Coalition Coordination
​$20,000
​CDBG Urban County Bonita Springs
​$323,104
​CDBG Urban County Estero
$35,617
​CDBG Urban County Sanibel
​$29,548
​CDBG Program Administration
$250,000​
​CDBG Neighborhood Public Services
​$961,822
​​CDBG Non-Profit Capital Improvements
​$1,000,000
​Total 2020 CDBG Allocation:
​$3,229,599


Community Services Block Grant

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program is a flexible program intended to support services and activities for individuals with low-income. The goals of the program include the reduction of poverty and revitalization of low-income communities. The program does not provide direct grants to individuals, but rather provides services and assistance to empower households to become self-sufficient. 

Lee County receives CSBG funds through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. As a requirement for the receipt of these funds, Lee County completes an annual CSBG workplan to outline community needs and the programs intended to address those needs. The 2019 workplan includes the following projects: 

  • Homelessness Prevention and Intervention
  • Financial Literacy
  • Employment Services 


Community Needs Assessment

​Lee County Human and Veteran Services completed a community needs assessment June of 2019. The analysis is used to conduct strategic planning and work plan development for the use of CSBG funds. The work plan includes a community profile and data for poverty, education, health and safety, special populations, housing, civic and community engagement. This data is used to identify anticipated needs of Lee County for future program development.

2019 Needs Assessment for Lee County

HOME Investment Partnerships

The HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) provides grants to states and local governments to fund a wide range of activities including: 
1. building, buying and/or rehabilitating housing for rent or homeownership; or 
2. providing direct rental assistance to low-income families. 

It is the largest Federal block grant program for state and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households. HOME funds are awarded annually as formula grants to participating jurisdictions (PJs).The program’s flexibility allows states and local governments to use HOME funds for grants, direct loans, loan guarantees or other forms of credit enhancements, or rental assistance or security deposits.

Community Housing Development Organizations

At least 15 percent of HOME funds must be set aside for specific activities to be undertaken by a special type of nonprofit called a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO). A CHDO is a private nonprofit, community-based organization that has staff with the capacity to develop affordable housing for the community it serves. In order to qualify for designation as a CHDO, the organization must meet certain requirements pertaining to t​heir legal status, organizational structure, and capacity and experience.

Information on becoming a CHDO, including Organization Checklist:

Become a Community Housing Development Organization
2016 CHDO Qualification Request Checklist


2020 Program Year Funding

HOME Project Delivery (10% Cap)
$104,000
​HOME Down Payment Assistance
​$420,000
​HOME Non-CHDO Housing Development
​$385,306
​HOME CHDO (15% Minimum)
​$158,000
Total 2018 HOME Allocation
​$1,040,306

Emergency Solutions Grant

The Emergency Solutions Grants Program (ESG) focuses on assisting people to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness. Grant funds are distributed by formula to metropolitan cities, urban counties, territories and states for street ​outreach, emergency shelters, homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing assistance. 

The ESG program provides funding to: engage homeless individuals and families living on the street, increase the number and quality of emergency shelters for individuals and families experiencing homelessness, rapidly re-housing individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and provide essential services to promote housing stability. 

2020 Program Year Funding

ESG Program Administration (7.5% cap)
$20,000
​ESG Rapid Re-Housing - Triage
​$150,000
​ESG Rapid Re-Housing - Human and Veteran Services
​$97,778
Total 2020 ESG Allocation
​$267,778

Continuum of Care funding sources

Federal Funding

Lee County Human and Veteran Services serves as the Collaborative Applicant to compete on a national level for Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) funds through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The application includes over $1.7 million in requests for renewal projects and new requests for projects (when available) that address the needs of Lee County’s homeless. Funds support programs for permanent housing, emergency shelter, and services for the homeless are provided to non-profit partner agencies.

2019 Continuum of Care Funding Cycle

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) competitive Continuum of Care (CoC) funding cycle began on July 3, 2019. The Performance, Evaluation and Ranking Committee reviewed and ranked applications on August 16, 2019. The CoC Governing Board met immediately following and voted to forward nine applications to HUD as part of the 2019 CoC Consolidated application. 

State of Florida Homelessness Funding

The State of Florida, Department of Children and Families, Office on Homelessness released the Request for Applications for Unified Homelessness Grant for Fiscal Years 2019-2022 on January 28, 2019, and applications were due on March 29, 2019. Lee County's application includes three new projects, and requests $570,000 in grant funds.