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.
COLLIER COUNTY CDBG, HOME, ESG, & SHIP GRANTS PY 2022
OVERVIEW OF COMMUNITY AND HUMAN SERVICES PRIORITIES
Collier County Community and Human Services. Request for Application of State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Program. Our Grant Application Guide can be found here. Click here to be directed to the application portal.
Collier County is an entitlement grantee and receives funds from the U.S. Department of Urban and Housing Development (HUD) through three (3) federal programs: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG). HUD requires the County complete a Five-Year Consolidated Plan that includes a housing assessment, market analysis and assessment of community development needs. The Consolidated Plan is meant to address the needs of low and moderate-income persons and families, including homeless individuals. It establishes the County’s program priorities, goals and objectives for community development programs and sets the framework for subsequent one year action plans that describe specific activities that will be funded through the County’s grant program.
Collier County receives funds from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC), to administer the SHIP program. The SHIP program is governed by Chapter 420, Part VII, Florida Statutes and Rule Chapter 67-37 of the Florida Administrative Code. FHFC requires the County to complete a Three-Year Local Housing Plan (LHAP). The LHAP is meant to address the needs of extremely low, very low, low and moderate-income persons and families, including those with Special needs (420.9075(5), F.S.).
The funding application anticipates the availability of CDBG, HOME and ESG funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and SHIP funds from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation. Exact funding amounts are still pending from HUD and FHFC.
CHS will allocate planning and administration and CHS Project Delivery for the allocations prior to funding the remaining balances to projects for all funding sources, as applicable.
Considerations Prior to Applying
CHS wishes to provide as much information to prospective applicants as possible so informed decisions can be made about applying for grant funds. Beginning this year there will be a Pre-Application step along with the traditional 1:1 Technical Assistance meeting that is required before a full application can be submitted. The pre-application is just the beginning. Below is a snapshot of some of the items to consider during the thought process. Additional specific regulations or requirements will apply based on the particular project. This is not intended as a complete listing.
- No project can begin without an approved environmental review, which can take from 30 days to 6 months or more depending on level required.
- A number of policies and procedures will be required to be written and followed.
- Monthly pay requests are required with auditable detailed backup appropriate for the type of project.
- If awarded funding for salaries, the organization will be required to submit substantial payroll and banking information as backup for each pay request.
- Documentation for all expenditures is required.
- Attendance at quarterly Partnership Meetings is mandatory.
- Adherence to project schedule and timely spending of grant funds is critical – appropriate thought must go into planning the timeline for your project.
- Monitoring will occur during and at closeout of your project, and possibly annually thereafter depending on the nature of the project or program and whether beneficiaries have been achieved.
- Quarterly reports are required on the progress of the project.
- Segregation of grant funds or demonstrated segregation in operation of funds is required.
- Adhere to federal and or local procurement regulations.
- All advertisements or publications associated with grant funded projects must contain the County logo and acknowledgement of HUD funds in the project, if applicable.
- If a construction project, specific additional regulations might apply such as Davis Bacon for wage determination.
- Retainage from each payment request may be taken until all terms of the contract are met; and only released upon a final clean monitoring report.
- Records and staff must be available for internal audit or HUD audits as needed.
- Annual reports will be required during the affordability and project use periods.
- Funded entities will be required to retain all records and documents for 3 years after the grant closeout, unless otherwise specified.
- If the project generates program income, a program income reuse plan will be required for the life of the grant and the compliance monitoring period.
- If awarded under HOME, affordability periods will be required depending on the type of construction, new or rehabilitation, single family or rental.
- Annual monitoring will be conducted by CHS to ensure affordability, client targets of specific income limits depending on housing use, and other requirements have been and continue to be met.
- If awarded under ESG, can fund only homeless services within specific income limits (30% of AMI).
If you have any questions regarding Pre-application, application funding and award process please contact Community and Human services at 239-252-4228 for more information.
FY2022-2023 HUD, SHIP and Housing Trust Fund Application Cycle
The Collier County Community and Human Services Division (CHS) announces the opening of the FY2022-2023 grant application cycle. During FY2022-2023, Collier County is scheduled to receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds. In addition, Collier County may receive an annual allocation of State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) funds. Local funds from the Housing Trust Fund may also be made available.
The pre-application period for local, State and Federal grant funds will begin on Thursday, January 6, 2022 and will continue until 12:00 noon on Friday, January 14, 2022. Those invited to complete a full application will be notified prior to January 24, 2022. The full application portal will be opened to invitees Monday, January 24, 2022 and will close at noon, Friday, February 11, 2022. The pre-applications will be available through the CHS website at www.colliercountyfl.gov under the CHS Main page link and paper copies of the application may also be obtained at our offices at 3339 Tamiami Trail East, Suite 211, Naples, FL 34112.
All pre-applications must be consistent with the Collier County’s Consolidated Plan and/or SHIP Local Housing Assistance Plan (LHAP). Pre-application and full application details are provided in the FY2022-2023 Grant Application guidance.
Administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the federal programs projects must meet one or more of three national objectives:
- Benefits low- and moderate-income persons or households who earn at or below 80% of the median income
- Aids in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight
- Qualifies as a certified urgent need
Federal CDBG, HOME and ESG funding totaling approximately $3,000,000 may be available in the 2022-2023 cycle. State SHIP funds totaling approximately $3,000,000, if allocated, will also be included in this grant application cycle. Finally, Affordable Housing Trust Fund dollars in the amount of $490,000 will also be made available for award. Funding amounts are subject to change based on actual amounts awarded from grantor agencies and availability of funds. SHIP strategies and AHTF activities that may be funded include Purchase Assistance, Housing Rehabilitation, Demolition and Replacement and other identified strategies.
The CHS Division, consistent with the Collier County approved Citizen Participation Plan, will hold a Public Meeting during this annual application cycle.
A Public Meeting with Technical Assistance will be provided for those that wish to attend the following meeting:
Monday, January 10, 2022 – 3:30pm to 4:30pm – Golden Gate Community Center, Room C, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway Naples, FL
One-on-one technical assistance meetings are required in order to be considered to be invited to submit a full application. Those interested in applying in the FY2022-2023 funding cycle should contact CHS by calling 239-252-4228 to schedule a meeting between January 18-21, 2022. No applications will be accepted unless a pre-application and a one-on-one technical assistance meeting have occurred.
Any questions, comments, clarifications, or changes made during the technical assistance period and/or with individuals will be made public on or about January 28, 2022 on the CHS website and through an email blast.
Collier County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Collier County complies with the Fair Housing Act (42 U.S.C. 3600, et seq) and County Fair Housing Ordinance No. 92-9.
Organizations seeking information, technical assistance with the grant application process, or for any other questions may contact Jacob LaRow by phone at (239)252-2399 or by email Jacob.Larow@colliercountyfl.gov or Hilary Halford by phone at (239) 252-2670 or by email Hilary.Halford@colliercountyfl.gov.
Publish Date: December 6, 2021
- 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.
- 2020 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.
- 2021-2025 Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development – This plan provides the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with information on Collier County’s intended uses of funds. The County allocates the annual funding from these programs to public, private, or non‐profit parties consistent with HUD program goals and requirements.
- 2021 Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice – This report 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.
- 2021 Housing Affordability Legislation – Copies of legislation being reviewed in Florida’s Senate and House of Representatives that pertain to housing affordability.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.