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.
2021 Entitlement Grant Cycle opens January 4 and closes at noon on February 8. If you plan to apply for funds from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), CBG-CV, Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program, Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), ESG-CV and/or Local Housing Trust Fund (LHTF) Program, you must apply between January 4 and noon on February 8. In addition, each applicant must participate in a mandatory one-on-one technical assistance meeting with county staff to discuss your goals and objectives and to ensure you are aware of the due diligence necessary before, during and after any grant award. These mandatory meetings will be scheduled January 20-22. Once the application window closes, all applications will be reviewed for completeness. Any corrections to applications will be addressed before they are given to the Review and Ranking Committee for scoring. On March 3, the Review and Ranking Committee will convene a public meeting where each applicant will provide a 10-minute presentation and answer questions from the committee. Once scores are final, a recommendation report will be provided to the Collier County Manager and conditional award letters will be sent at the end of March or early in April.
Fair Housing Needs Assessment Survey (Spanish) – Collier County needs your input by February 5! The county is preparing its 2021-2025 Five-Year Consolidated Plan, 2021 Annual Action Plan, and Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice as required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under federal regulations. The Consolidated Plan identifies community needs and provides a five-year strategy for how HUD grants will be used to develop community resources that address those needs. This document provides essential information to policy makers, administrative staff, housing providers, lenders, and fair housing advocates, and assists in building public support for fair housing efforts. The Needs Assessment Survey is an important part of the process for developing the Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan & the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice Report. Your responses will be kept strictly confidential and are reported only in combination with other responses and in summary format to protect your privacy. You have the right to discontinue participation at any time.
- Executive Order Number 20-211 – Limited Extension of Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief (through October).
- Executive Order Number 20-180 – Limited Extension of Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief (through September).
- Notice of Funding Availability – This is the public notice regarding Collier County has received a distribution of $1,169,599.00 in Coronavirus Relief Funds from Florida Housing Finance Corporation and may receive a second distribution after October 15, 2020.
- 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
- 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).
- 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.
- 2020 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.
- 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.