Rent/Mortgage/Water Bill Assistance

Eviction/Past-Due Rent or Mortgage
  • You may qualify for help with past due rent, mortgage, or water, if you have experienced an unexpected financial crisis.
  • Some examples of an unexpected, temporary loss of income due to domestic violence, loss of job, reduced work hours or a medical crisis; or an unexpected expense such as funeral costs, medical/dental bills or emergency home repairs.
Complete this application if any of the following circumstances apply: 
  1. Having a Section 8 Voucher and need help with move-in costs. 
  2. Homeless, living in car, park, etc., have identified a housing unit and need help with move-in costs. 
  3. Eviction/3-Day Notice or Code Enforcement Letter to Vacate. 
  4. Staying with Friends/Family and Not on their Lease, have identified a housing unit and need help with move-in costs. 
  5. Lease Not Being Renewed, have identified a housing unit and need help with move-in costs. 
  6. Past Due Rent/Mortgage/Water

Electric Bill Assistance

If you received LIHEAP regular within the last 12 months, and do not have a past due bill, you will not be eligible for assistance. An application will automatically be mailed to you in the month in which you become eligible to re-apply.

Instructions for online applications
  1. Download the document checklist and review the forms below: 
    Notice Regarding Collection of Social Security Numbers
    Authorization for Release of General Information
  2. Take clear pictures or scan all required supporting documents, as listed in the document checklist.
  3. Open the online application portal
  4. Complete each screen in the online application, upload required documents, enter your name in the signature box, and click "Finish and Save". 

All required documents must be submitted with the application. The documents may be uploaded in the application portal, emailed to LIHEAP@leegov.com, mailed, or dropped off in the dropbox located in front of Lee County Human and Veteran Services at 2440 Thompson St., Fort Myers, FL 33901.

Home Repair Assistance

​Eligible repairs include: Roof repair/replacement, Plumbing ​Septic repair/replacement, Heating and Air Conditioning, ​Well repair/replacement, Window replacement, ​Electrical ​Door repair/replacement

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Live in unincorporated Lee County (not within a city)
  • Be a U.S. citizen or resident
  • Have annual income at or below HUD's income levels Have owned and lived in your home for at least the past 12 months
  • Be current on all mortgages, property taxes, and homeowner association fees
  • Obtain hazard and flood insurance (if applicable) prior to assistance
  • Own and occupy your home for the duration of the deferred mortgage
  • Property must be homesteaded, be free of excessive clutter
  • Property shall not be listed for sale by owner or by a realtor at the time of assistance Property cannot be included in any open bankruptcy proceedings, foreclosure, or probate
Some repairs may be given emergency priority. The minimum assistance amount is $1000. Maintenance type repairs are not eligible. Mobile homes may be eligible if you own the mobile home and the land on which the home is located. Cannot have excessive termite or mold damage (Area affected cannot exceed 2-3 sheets of paper). Married couples living separately are not eligible for assistance.

Home Purchase Assistance

Existing Home (HOME Program) New Construction Home (SHIP Program)
  • If you are purchasing a newly constructed single family home in Unincorporated Lee County, Bonita Springs, Estero, Fort Myers Beach, or Sanibel you may qualify for assistance. The maximum purchase price is $294,601, and the amount of assistance typically ranges from $20,000 to $40,000 depending on your household income and funding availability. The second mortgage will be non-reducing for a term of 15 years.
  • SHIP Info Sheet  (SHIP Informacion en Español)
  • SHIP Program Application  (​SHIP Aplicacion en Español)

Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP Program)

Lee County buys foreclosed homes in target areas at below appraised value, then rehabilitates properties into desirable homes. Lee County then sells the home to qualified homebuyers, providing a soft second mortgage and reasonable closing cost assistance to help subsidize buyer costs.

Homebuyers must have an annual household income at or below income levels, attend homebuyer education class from a HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agency, be able to obtain a commitment for a mortgage from a lending institution, and occupy property as their primary/principal residence.

Indigent Cremation Services

If you have a family member, who has recently passed and cannot afford cremation, you may qualify to have your relative cremated at no cost. The Indigent Cremation program does not provide for a funeral, memorial viewing, visitation, or any other services.

Qualifications for the program include:

  • The person must have died in Lee County
  • The deceased person must not have any form of life insurance
  • Your household income must not exceed 100% of the federal poverty guidelines, and household assets not exceed the maximum amount
Documentation requirements:
  • Social security card or other document verifying deceased person's social security number
  • Photo ID of the deceased person
  • Photo ID of applicant
  • Social Security Card of Applicant
  • Proof of all of household income
Process:
  • Return completed application and required documents to Lee County Human and Veteran Services
  • Your application will be reviewed and you will be notified regarding your eligibility
  • Staff will authorize the retrieval of the body

Completed application and required documentation must be returned in person or via mail to:
Lee County Human and Veteran Services
Attn: Indigent Cremation
2440 Thompson St.
Fort Myers, FL 33901


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