Housing Services offers owner-occupied housing rehabilitation and emergency home repair to eligible households. Emergency home repair addresses sudden, unexpected and urgent health and safety issues. Typical projects include septic, well, or electrical repair or replacement. Owner occupied housing rehabilitation addresses the entire property. In addition to addressing the same needs found in emergency repair projects, rehabilitation includes roof replacement, plumbing, HVAC, window and door repair or replacement, accessibility improvements, and other needed repairs to make the home safe, decent, and sanitary. During FY15, 76 homes were repaired through these programs.
| Emergency HVAC project located in Lehigh Acres|
Housing Services also continued to offer down payment assistance to eligible homebuyers. 34 households purchased homes through this program during FY15.
These programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program, as well as the State of Florida SHIP Program.
Housing Services also administers the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). Staff purchases, rehabilitates and resells foreclosed and abandoned properties to qualifying homebuyers. This program was originally funded through economic stimulus allocations to Lee County. To date, the county has purchased 207 homes and resold 180. As of September 30, 2015, 27 homes are pending rehabilitation or resale. The photos below illustrate the impact of the program.
Originally purchased for $40,883 in Lehigh Acres, this home was vandalized several times both before and after the county purchased it. In addition to replacement of major systems, there were many renovations required to repair damage, and a theft-resistant cage was added to protect the new well and AC equipment on the exterior. The home was sold to a qualifying homebuyer on November 14, 2014.
| NSP Acquisition, Rehabilitation, and Resale project located in Lehigh Acres|
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