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).
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Lee County will not discriminate against qualified 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, ADArequests@leegov.com or Florida Relay Service, 711. Accommodation will be provided at no cost to the requestor. Requests should be made at least five business days in advance.
Este aviso público está relacionado a los fondos del Departamento de la Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano de los Estados Unidos. Traducción del aviso pueden ser solicitados llamando al 533-7930. (This public notice is regarding funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Translation of the notice may be requested by calling 533-7930.)
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Lee County received federal funding in 2008
to promote homeownership opportunities in the County.
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.
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 2023 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.
Lee County receives Community Service Block Grant(CSBG) and Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding from the Florida Department of Commerce. For more information for applying for these funds, please see the Get Assistance page.
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.
2023 Program Year Funding
| CDBG Housing Delivery
|CDBG Owner Rehabilitation/Reconstruction
|CDBG Urban County Bonita Springs
|CDBG Urban County Estero
|CDBG Urban County Sanibel
|CDBG Urban County Fort Myers Beach
|CDBG Program Administration
|CDBG Neighborhood Public Services
|CDBG Non-Profit Capital Improvements
|CDBG Homeownership Assistance
|Total 2023 CDBG Allocation:
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.
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 their legal status, organizational structure, and capacity and experience.
Information on becoming a CHDO, including Organization Checklist:
2023 Program Year Funding
|HOME Project Delivery (10% Cap)
|HOME Non-CHDO Housing Development
|HOME CHDO (15% Minimum)
|Total 2023 HOME Allocation
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.
2023 Program Year Funding
|ESG Program Administration (7.5% cap)
|ESG Street Outreach
|ESG Rapid Re-Housing - Human and Veteran Services
|Total 2023 ESG Allocation
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.
2023 Continuum of Care Funding Cycle
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) competitive Continuum of Care (CoC) funding cycle began in July 2023. The Performance, Evaluation and Ranking Committee reviewed and ranked applications on September 1, 2023.