There are many additional resources available for those who wish to learn more about housing affordability. The information below provides links to a variety of reports, studies and organizations.
Public Notice – This is the public notice for opening a second round of grant applications for FY 2021-2022. Applications open Monday, May 17 and close at 12 p.m. on June 1 (Tuesday). The notice also includes public meeting dates and locations.
2021 Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice and Citizen Participation Plan – This Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) documents a variety of fair housing issues faced by the residents of Collier County, assesses their underlying causes, and identifies goals and actions to address those issues. This document is being made available for a 30-day public comment period. Please submit comments by 5 p.m. on June 9.
Notice of Availability for Viewing and Public Comments: 2021-2025 Five-Year Consolidated Plan & 2021 Annual Action Plan – Collier County’s 2021-2025 Five-Year Consolidated Plan & 2021 Annual Action Plan for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) is available for viewing and public comments from April 30, 2021 to May 31, 2021. There will also be two public hearings. One will be presented to the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) at its regularly scheduled meeting at 8:30 a.m. on May 31, 2021 in the Human Resources Training Room. The second will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners at its regularly scheduled meeting on July 13, 2021. Ver en Español
- American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Congress.gov
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC
- COVID-19 Recovery Clearinghouse, NACo
- SBA COVID-19 Relief Options, U.S. Department of the Treasury
- Coronavirus Resources and Response, Housing Assistance Council
- Local Data for Equitable Recovery, Urban Institute
- Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions – An extension to the eviction moratorium further preventing the eviction of tenants who are unable to make rental payments. The moratorium that was scheduled to expire on March 31, 2021 is now extended through June 30, 2021.
- Having trouble paying your FPL bill because of COVID-19? You may qualify for local, state and/or federal financial assistance. Call FPL directly at 800-226-3545.
- 7 Tips for Tenants Dealing with COVID-19 – General information for tenants dealing with effects of COVID-19.
- Can I be Evicted During the COVID-19 Crisis in Collier County – General information about eviction during the COVID-19 crisis.
Housing Reports and Studies
- 2021 Housing Affordability Legislation – Copies of legislation being reviewed in Florida’s Senate and House of Representatives that pertain to housing affordability.
- 2020 Annual Action Plan – Collier County is an entitlement jurisdiction eligible to receive community planning and development funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As such, HUD requires that the County develop a Five-Year Consolidated Plan to identify its housing and community development priorities and outline a strategy to implement HUD programs.
- 2021 Income Limits and Rent Limits – The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) periodically updates income and rent limits used for determining eligibility of those who apply for housing affordability assistance.
- 2019 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development (HUD) requires all entitlement communities to prepare a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) to evaluate the recipient’s compliance with federal statutes and the organization’s capacity to implement and administer the federally funded programs. The CAPER provides a review of the progress made toward meeting overall goals and objectives identified in the Five-Year Consolidated Plan (2016-2020) and the One-Year Action Plan (2019-2020).
- ALICE Report – ALICE is an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The United Way ALICE Report puts a spotlight on ALICE families with the goal of helping everyone better understand the challenges the more than 2.4 million ALICE households in Florida face every day. It drills down to look at the reasons ALICE families face financial hardship. It asks the questions: What can ALICE families do to improve their conditions? What can employers do to help their ALICE employees? What can communities do to help ALICE families improve their quality of life, and at the same time improve the quality of life for all members of the community?
- Collier County Community Housing Plan – In March 2016, the Board of County Commissioners directed the development of a cohesive, inclusive plan to meet the housing affordability needs of the entire County. The creation of a Community Housing Plan (CHP) includes addressing the current and future housing affordability needs of Collier County as required by Florida State Statute 163.3177(6)(f)a, with input from a diverse group of community stakeholders. The goal was to help create and guide the development of a long term, comprehensive plan for housing affordability.
- Florida Housing Coalition Home Matters Report – The Florida Housing Coalition has produced this report in support of Home Matters® (www.HomeMattersAmerica.com), a national movement to make Home a reality for everyone by elevating the importance of Home’s impact on people’s health, education, personal success, public safety, and the economy. Participating in Home Matters is a coast-to-coast coalition composed of members of the general public, leaders of housing and community development organizations as well as other organizations concerned about increasing the positive impact of home in their communities.
- National Low Income Housing Coalition Gap Report – Each year, NLIHC examines the American Community Survey (ACS) to determine the availability of rental homes affordable to extremely low-income households – those with incomes at or below the poverty line or 30% of the area median income (AMI), whichever is greater – and other income groups. The annual report provides a picture for the nation, each state plus the District of Columbia (DC), and the largest metropolitan areas.
- Regulatory Relief Initiatives – We are improving housing choices for working families and want to hear from you!
- Shimberg Center for Housing Studies – Established at the University of Florida in 1988 to promote safe, decent, and affordable housing and related community development throughout the state of Florida
- SHIP Local Housing Assistance Plan (LHAP) – The SHIP Program encourages building active partnerships between government, lending institutions, builders and developers, not-for-profit and community-based housing providers and service organizations, providers of professional services related to affordable housing, advocates for low-income persons, and real estate professionals, persons or entities that can provide housing or support services, and lead agencies of the local continuums of care.
- Collier County Housing Advisory Committee – The purpose of this committee, as described by 420.9076 Fla. Stat., is to review policies, procedures, ordinances, land development regulations, and the adopted local government comprehensive plan, and to recommend specific actions or initiatives to encourage or facilitate affordable housing.
- Florida Housing Coalition – The Florida Housing Coalition is commonly acknowledged as the foremost authority in Florida on housing affordability. The organization also provides training and technical assistance as well as serves as an advocate at the state and national levels for people in need of housing that is affordable.
- Florida Housing Finance Corporation – Florida Housing Finance Corporation (Florida Housing) was created by the state Legislature 35 years ago to assist in providing a range of affordable housing opportunities for residents that help make Florida communities great places in which to live, work and do business. Its vision is to be recognized as an outstanding provider of innovative, measurable, data-driven, and fiscally sustainable solutions that respond to the affordable housing challenges of our state.
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – HUD oversees federal programs designed to help Americans meet housing needs. HUD seeks to increase home ownership, support community development, and increase affordable housing free from discrimination.