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.

Action Plan

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Neighborhood Stabilization Program

Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3

Target Area Maps

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.

Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2

Target Area Maps

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 below.

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

Neighborhood Stabilization Program 1

Target Area Maps

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.

Anyone interested in purchasing a home must contact one of the partners identified on this website.

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.

Neighborhood Stabilization Performance Reports

Quarterly Performance Report

Home Repair Programs

The OHCD has 2 programs to help families maintain and improve their homes. To apply for either program, call OHCD at (941) 951-3640 (press 0 for the operator).

Housing Rehabilitation Program

The Housing Rehabilitation Program is an interest free loan program that helps income eligible families make necessary repairs and improvements to their homes. The homeowner determines the repairs that will be made to the home and selects their own contractor. The maximum amount that a homeowner may borrow is $60,000 and 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 occurs first. The maximum value of a home that can receive assistance is $272,195.

Barrier Removal Program

The Barrier Removal Program is a grant and forgivable loan program designed to remove the barriers in homes 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.

Utility Connection Programs

Sarasota County is offering a 3.0% interest deferred payment loan (rate effective 10/1/12) to pay for capacity and connection fees and associated costs for hooking up to Sarasota County's sewer services when mandated under Sarasota County code, Section 126-58. Repayment is not required until the property is sold, transferred, no longer owner-occupied, or 20 years. An existing homeowner sewer hookup assistance for their primary residence cannot exceed $200,000. If the property has an accessory dwelling, the value may not exceed $240,000. The homeowner selects the contractor that will do the work. Please contact Sherina at the Sarasota Office of Housing and Community Development at 941-951-3612.

Homeowners unable to qualify for OHCD assistance to connect to the Sarasota County Utility System may be able to receive a low interest loan from the Sarasota Utility Department. Information on that program is below.

Water/Sewer Connection Program

The City of Sarasota is offering a 0% interest loan to assist homeowners throughout Sarasota County with hooking up to central water or sewer. The loan would be due and payable upon sale, transfer, if the home is no longer owner occupied or 30 years. The loan would pay for the impact and capacity fees, plumber fees in connection with abandoning wells and hooking up to central water or abandoning septic tanks and hooking up to central sewer. Please contact the Sarasota Office of Housing and Community Development at 941-951-3612. The program is available until all funds are expended.

Rental Assistance Programs

The Sarasota County Housing Choice Voucher Program (County Program) is administered by the City of Sarasota Housing Authority Voucher Program (effective October 1, 2010).

Sarasota Housing Authority

Address:
269 S Osprey Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone Number: (941) 361-6210
Fax Number: (941) 366-4661

Office Hours

Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed 12 -12:30 p.m. for lunch)
Friday: 8 a.m. to noon.

Homeless Services

Addressing Homelessness

The City of Sarasota and Sarasota County provide grants to nonprofit agencies to administer housing services, such as outreach and engagement, case management, and rapid re-housing to homeless persons. Individuals and Families who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless should dial 2-1-1 or 941-308-4357.

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) - Agency Forms

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

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.

Rental Acquisition/Rehab Forms for Non Profits

Consolidated Plan Documents 

2017-2021

2011-2016

Sarasota Housing Plans

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