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Florida Housing's Coronavirus Relief Fund

Governor DeSantis has authorized $250 million of the State of Florida’s Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) allocation to Florida Housing Finance Corporation (Florida Housing) to assist Floridians that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and struggling to pay housing expenses such as: rent, mortgage payments, and emergency repairs that will keep families stably and safely housed. The funding also provides rental assistance for residents in Florida Housing funded developments.

In general, the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) is a portion of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress and signed into law by the President in March 2020 in response to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

HOW TO APPLY (BEGINNING AUGUST 12, 2020):

If approved by the Martin County Board of County Commissioners during their August 11, 2020 commission meeting, Martin County Human Services will begin accepting applications for Coronavirus Relief Funds which can assist with payments of rent and/or mortgage payments and certain Emergency Repairs through the Florida Housing's Coronavirus Relief Fund. Applications will be accepted through our Online Application Portal or by calling our office at (772) 288-5456, beginning on August 12, 2020.

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July 24, 2020 at 02:04 PM

Martin County’s Housing Program serves to meet the housing needs of the very low, low, and moderate income households of Martin County, to expand production of and preserve affordable housing, and further the housing element of Martin County’s comprehensive plan specific to affordable housing.

Types of Assistance

SHIP Program

The State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) Program is a Martin County sponsored program to provide loans to very-low, low, and moderate income persons to assist them in obtaining a home or rehabilitating their existing home. Under the SHIP program, qualified Martin County homeowners can request income-related housing rehabilitation assistance.

HOME Grant

The HOME Investment Partnerships Program seeks to improve the quality of life for the low and moderate income citizens via down payment and closing cost assistance and rehabilitation.

Down payment and closing cost assistance: to increase the number of affordable, owner-occupied homes through assistance with the purchase of new and existing homes.

Rehabilitation: to assist with the repairs to owner-occupied homes and retain home ownership.

Community Development Block Grant

NOTICE: Martin County Human Services is currently not accepting applications for the CDBG.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program provides grants to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate income (LMI) persons. The strategies for these grants are as follows:

Neighborhood revitalization

Infrastructure in LMI neighborhoods at least 51% must be LMI.

  • Eligible activities: water, sewer, roads, storm drains, neighborhood centers, parks, sidewalks.

Housing rehabilitation:

Rehabilitation/repair in LMI households.

  • Eligible activities: code, safety and hardening.

Commercial revitalization:

CRA improvements in LMI CRA-wide at least 51% in the CRA.

  • Eligible activities: sidewalks, parking, lighting, building code, sewer, water, flood and drainage.

Economic development:

Infrastructure needed for business expansion or new business – job creation is required.

  •  Eligible activities: water, sewer, rail, traffic, roads, gas, fiber. 
Instructions

How to Apply

Martin County Human Services utilizes Neighborly Software, an online application portal used to apply for housing assistance within Martin County. To apply for housing assistance, including the SHIP Program and HOME Grant, please select the online "Housing Application Portal" button below, then select "Register." Once you create an account, you will be able to submit an application. If you have any questions regarding this online portal, please call us at (772) 288-5456.

If you are unable to register and complete the application online, please call us at (772) 288-5456 to schedule an appointment, and we will arrange for you to complete the application in our office, located at 435 SE Flagler Avenue in Stuart, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For any additional questions, please select the "Submit a Request for Help or Information" button below to submit an inquiry online, or contact Martin County Human Services Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at (772) 288-5456.

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