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Find current beach conditions at Mote Marine Daily Beach Conditions. Find updates on the county’s beach cleaning efforts at Red Tide Status.

The Sarasota Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) is a cooperative effort of the City of Sarasota and Sarasota County government and serves residents throughout Sarasota County, including the cities of Sarasota, Venice, and North Port.

Local Affordable Housing Incentive Strategy

The Sarasota County SHIP Program Affordable Housing Advisory Committee and the City of Sarasota Affordable Housing Advisory Committee will be conducting a joint public meeting to discuss the adoption of the Local Affordable Housing Incentive Strategy. The public meeting will be held:

Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
Sarasota County Administrative Center
1660 Ringling Boulevard
Sarasota, Fl. 34236

The Local Affordable Housing Incentive Strategy will include recommendations for the Sarasota County and City of Sarasota Commissions related to affordable housing. The topics of the plan are:   Expedited reviews; Impact fee modifications; Flexibility in density; Infrastructure reservation; Accessory dwelling units; Parking and setback reductions; Flexible lot configurations; Street requirement modifications; Consideration on increased costs of housing; Locally owned public lands suitable for affordable housing; Development near transportation hubs, major employment centers and mixed-use development; and other recommendations.

A copy of the Local Affordable Housing Incentive Strategy is available in the Document Library below.

The Local Affordable Housing Incentive Strategy may also be examined in person at the Office of Housing and Community Development, 111 South Orange Avenue, Sarasota, Florida 34236.

Home Repair Programs

The Home Repair Program is an interest free loan program to help income eligible families make necessary repairs and improvements to their homes. The loan is in the form of a mortgage on the home and the amount available is based on equity in the home.

Essential Repairs Program

If there is not sufficient equity in the home, up to $20,000.00 can be loaned for repairs to essential systems such as Electrical, Plumbing, Roof, and/or Heating and Air Conditioning.

Housing Rehabilitation Program

If there is sufficient equity in the home, up to $60,000.00 can be loaned for various repairs such as those available in the Essential Repairs Program and also rehabilitation of non-essentials like window, doors, cabinets, countertops, flooring and other areas in need of repair.

In both programs the homeowner determines the repairs that will be made to the home and selects their own contractor(s). There are no monthly payments. Instead, the homeowner repays the loan when the home is sold, transferred, no longer occupied by the borrower, or 30 years, whichever comes first. The maximum value of a home that can receive assistance is $272,195.

Additional information is available in the Documents Library below.

Utility Connection Programs

Sarasota County is offering a 3.0% interest deferred payment loan to pay for capacity and connection fees and septic tank abandonment when required to connect to Sarasota County's sewer services. Repayment is not required until the property is sold, transferred, no longer owner-occupied, or 20 years, which ever happens first. The owner of an existing home seeking sewer hookup assistance for their primary residence with a value that cannot exceed $200,000. If the property has an accessory dwelling (such as a mother-in-law suite), the value may not exceed $240,000. The homeowner selects the contractor that will do the work. Please contact the Sarasota Office of Housing and Community Development at 941-951-3640.

Note: Sewer connections in the Englewood Water District are eligible under the Home Repair Program.

Additional information is available in the Documents Library below.

Barrier Removal Programs

The Barrier Removal Program is a grant and forgivable loan program designed to make the home accessible to allow income eligible disabled and elderly residents live independently. The first $3,000 in assistance is a grant that does not need to be repaid. Improvements costing between $3,000 and $15,000 are a loan that is forgiven at a rate of $3,000 a year as long as the property is not sold, transferred, leased and the homeowner continues to live in the home. There are no monthly payments or interest on the forgiven loan.

Additional information is available in the Documents Library below.

Homeless Services

2-1-1

Individuals and Families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless should dial 2-1-1 or 941-308-4357 for information and contacts to receive help for housing.

Addressing Homelessness

The City of Sarasota and Sarasota County via OHCD provide grants to nonprofit agencies to administer housing services, such as outreach and engagement, case management, and rapid re-housing to homeless persons.

Additional Information

Community Development Programs

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is a federal grant that Sarasota receives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The CDBG program was created in 1974 by combining a number of existing grant programs such as Open Space, Model Cities and Urban Renewal. The result is a versatile, effective tool for governments to create healthy, viable communities.

Because Sarasota receives funding from the HOME and SHIP programs for affordable housing activities, the CDBG funds in Sarasota are focused on community development activities.

Local projects include water and wastewater systems, street lighting, drainage improvements, streetscaping, neighborhood signage, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) enhancements, community centers, non-profit facilities, park improvements, and a host of other activities.

Neighborhood Stabilization Program

Neighborhood Stabilization Program 1 (County)

Homeownership Program

Sarasota County is partnering with Non-Profit Developers to identify and repair abandoned and foreclosed properties in Sarasota County. The homes that are purchased through the NSP1 Program, when repaired, will be sold to homebuyers whose incomes are at or below 100% of the median income adjusted to household size. The program also provides financial assistance to help the homebuyer purchase the home through an enhanced down payment assistance.

Please contact one of the partners identified below if you are interested in purchasing a home through this program.

Rental Program

Non-Profit Developers are acquiring and repairing foreclosed properties in the City of Sarasota and Sarasota County for rent to households whose income does not exceed 50% of median income adjusted to household size. The rental payment cannot exceed the Low HOME Rent Limit for the HOME Partnership Program as published by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development less the cost of any tenant paid utilities as published by the Sarasota County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program or

If the Eligible Family receives assistance from the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, the amount approved as reasonable by the housing authority administering the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher.

If the property is rented through the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, the utility schedule of that housing authority may be used instead of the Sarasota County schedule.

Additional Information

Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 (City)

The City of Sarasota and Sarasota County, through the Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) have been awarded $23,000,000 in NSP 2 funds. The funds will be used to acquire and rehabilitate 100 abandoned or foreclosed homes, demolish 10 blighted structures to remove their negative effect and create 85 housing units on demolished or vacant land. These activities will help stabilize the neighborhood across income levels by providing affordable housing to households earning at or below 100 percent of the area median income with 25 percent of the funds going to those earning less than 50% of the area median income.

Families interested in purchasing a home through either the NSP 1 or NSP 2 program should contact participating nonprofit agencies that are working in partnership with OHCD now. A list of the nonprofit agencies may be found here.

All rehabilitation work will be performed by the nonprofit agencies. OHCD will not be hiring any contractors directly.

Additional information is available in the Documents Library below.

Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3 (City and County)

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded Sarasota County $3,949,541 and the City of Sarasota $1,038,811 in Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3 (NSP3) funds to purchase and rehabilitate foreclosed homes. These amounts were determined by a formula grant allocation.

The Sarasota County Commission authorized staff to prepare an NSP3 application to use these funds in the City of North Port.

The City of Sarasota Commission authorized staff to prepare an NSP3 application to use these funds in two neighborhoods adjacent to the current NSP2 area, Gillespie Park and Park East neighborhoods.

The key goal of the NSP3 program is to stabilize neighborhoods while also providing affordable housing.

Additional information is available in the Documents Library below.

Rental Programs

Individuals and Families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless should dial 2-1-1 or 941-308-4357 for information and contacts to receive help for housing.

Housing Choice Voucher Program

Effective October 1, 2010, the Sarasota County Housing Choice Voucher Program is administered by the City of Sarasota Housing Authority Voucher Program.

Additional Information

  • Public Housing (external)
  • See the Documents Library below for more information

Down Payment Assistance

The Sarasota Office of Housing and Community Development does NOT have any funding available for Down Payment Assistance, however, there are some other websites with funding available.

Additional Information

Documents