Community Services

Community Development Programs

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Community Development continues its efforts to improve the living conditions of County residents through infrastructure improvements, public services, housing activities, homeless services and economic development.

Seminole County receives Federal and State grant funding through a number of programs funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC).

The following programs are available:

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is an entitlement grant provided by HUD. The grant is distributed directly to certain communities based on population, poverty level, age of housing stock, and other information provided by the United States Census. The primary purpose of the CDBG program is to provide services that principally benefit low income citizens and to develop viable urban communities. The CDBG Program's National Objectives are:

  • To benefit low and moderate income persons
  • To address slum/blight influences
  • To meet a recent urgent community need

Seminole County's CDBG Program sets forth goals to improve designated county neighborhoods, by providing activities such as:

  • Capital Improvements
    Paving and drainage, sewer & water line improvements, construction of sidewalks, limited park improvements, construction and/or improvements to community facilities
  • Affordable Housing Development
    Site acquisition and infrastructure
  • Housing Rehabilitation/Reconstruction
    Extensive or emergency home rehabilitation
  • Clearance/Demolition
    Demolition of vacant, dilapidated structures
  • Parks and Recreation
    Improvements to designated neighborhood parks
  • Public Services
    Child care, services for the elderly, child care assistance, rent assistance, etc.

The overall goal of the County's program is to stabilize and revitalize low income neighborhoods through capital improvement, housing rehabilitation, and public service activities. Citizen participation is encouraged through public hearings and neighborhood meetings whereby current activities are discussed and new proposals and project suggestions are considered for the annual CDBG one year action plan.

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Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG)

The ESG program is authorized under the Program Hearth Act of 2011. HUD make annual grants to the County to house homeless individuals and families, and to prevent homelessness.

Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program

The HOME Program is an entitlement grant provided by the HUD. HOME provides funding to Seminole County to implement local housing strategies designed to increase affordable housing opportunities & availability for lower income households. ApartmentThrough this program, Seminole County is able to expand the supply of affordable housing, and particularly rental housing. The statutory goal of the HOME Program is the preservation, expansion and long-term affordability of housing stock. Seminole County's HOME Program is designed to fulfill its statutory intent. Its activities are:

  • Rental Housing Development: Rental housing activities under HOME are undertaken by Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs). and other agencies eligible activities are site acquisition and rehabilitation of affordable multi-family rental housing.
  • Rental Guidelines: The HOME Program provides restrictions on the composition of the tenants and the rents owner can charge. Resale restrictions are enforced to ensure long-term affordability requirements.
  • Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA): The activity is targeted to special needs populations by providing rental assistance similar to the Section 8 program. Households are required to make a monthly contribution.

Community Housing Development Organization's (CHDO) Role
A CHDO is a non-profit organization specifically designed for the HOME Program. A minimum of 15% of the total HOME allocation is reserved for CHDOs. Once funding is awarded, the CHDO will enter into legal agreements with Seminole County specifying HOME rental housing activities to be carried out and requirements such as the number of years that the project must remain affordable, management control, financial and record keeping. CHDO projects are awarded funding on a competitive basis. Public/Private Partnership is encouraged through the use of CHDOs for selected rental housing and rehabilitation activities.