Designated staff of the Development Services Department work in partnership with citizens, non-profit agencies, City departments, and others in order to identify and implement programs/activities that benefit low and moderate income people and improve neighborhoods. The Development Services Department administers funds received by the City of Kissimmee from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, Florida's State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Program, and other state and federal grant programs.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCAK GRANT (CDBG)
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is an entitlement grant awarded to the City of Kissimmee through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that is based upon need factors including population, income, unemployment level and housing conditions.
The CDBG program’s primary objective is the development of viable urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities principally for persons of low and moderate income. CDBG funds are used for a wide range of housing and community development activities directed toward neighborhood revitalization, economic development and improved community facilities, infrastructure and services. Activities should benefit low and moderate income persons or aid in the prevention or elimination of slum or blight. Funds may also be used to meet other community development needs that present a serious and immediate threat to the health and welfare of the community, such as conditions caused by natural disasters.
Use of the CDBG funds is guided by the City’s Consolidated Plan. The Consolidated Plan establishes Kissimmee’s five year strategy for investment of its CDBG funds and other financial resources linked to activities directed at the City’s community development, housing and homeless service needs.
Locally, the City of Kissimmee uses its CDBG funding for the following type of programs and activities:
Public Facility improvements and infrastructure
Code Enforcement activities
Clearance and demolition of vacant, dilapidated structures (both commercial and residential)
Public service activities including
Funding provided to local non-profit agencies providing essential services to citizens in need
Rental assistance for very-low and low income households
STATE HOUSING INITIATIVES PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM (SHIP)
The State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program (SHIP) provides funds to local governments as an incentive to create partnerships that produce and preserve affordable home ownership and multi-family housing. The program was designed to provide very low, low and moderate income families with assistance to purchase a home, money to repair or replace a home and many other types of housing assistance.
The City's State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) program offers the following strategies:
- Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation
Foreclosure prevention assistance
Rental security and utility deposit assistance