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Local Housing Assistance Plan

The Local Housing Assistance Plan (LHAP) was prepared for the county's participation in the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) program, in compliance with Florida Statute 420.907 and Florida Administrative Code Rule 67-37. The program is administered by the Lee County Department of Community Development, which also oversees the local government comprehensive plan, zoning, permitting, and environmental resources services. Lee County’s SHIP program provides funding and technical assistance to nonprofit housing development organizations and down payment/closing cost assistance to qualified homebuyers.


2014-2017 Local Housing Assistance Plan
Affordable Housing Incentive Review Report


State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP)

SHIP - State Housing Initiative Partnership is the centerpiece of the William E. Sadowski Affordable Housing Act. The SHIP program channels a portion of new and existing documentary stamp taxes on deeds directly to local governments for the development and maintenance of affordable housing.

The SHIP allocation for FY 2014/2015 was $1,907,917 with $1,717,125 available. The application deadline for 2014/2015 was October 10, 2014.  

2014-15 SHIP Grant Application2014-15 SHIP Grant Application

Instructions for documenting Special Needs


At least 20 percent of the 2014-2015 SHIP allocation must be used to serve persons with special needs (as defined in section 420.0004(13) Florida Statutes). First priority will be to serve persons with developmental disabilities (as defined in section 393.063 Florida Statutes) by providing home modifications, including technological enhancements and devices which will allow homeowners to remain independent in their own homes and maintain their homeownership.

SHIP Instructions and Application for documenting Special Needs 


Lee County Affordable Housing Programs - Current Income Guides


Adobe Reader Required SHIP Income Limits for Homeownership

Adobe Reader Required SHIP Rental Income Guidelines



For households looking for information about local rental options, please see the Florida Housing Finance Corporation's website or click on the web link below: 


Affordable Housing Committee


For more information concerning Affordable Housing, please call the Lee County Department of Community Development at (239) 533-8585.