Below are a few programs offered specifically for Fort Lauderdale. However, residents can find numerous additional programs from Broward County. Click here to learn more.
Fort Lauderdale offers homeowners a way to receive grants that can be used for needed home repairs. The city has funds readily available to assist low-income homeowners in the Fort Lauderdale area. This home repair assistance will help with a variety of improvements, including aiding homeowners with completing health, safety, and aesthetic improvements to any home that is located in the City of Fort Lauderdale. This home repair assistance program can provide up to $2,000 in matching grants and funds for repair assistance. The amount that is provided by one of these grants will be based on a 25% to 50% match. Please be aware and note that three written estimates from both insured and licensed contractors are needed for any work for which matching assistance is requested. What may be the best news is that the repair assistance is paid in the form of a free grant, and does not require any repayment, thus it is free aid.
The grants can be used for health and safety related work, which is defined as any repairs which are necessary to ensure the safety and health of the homes inhabitants or neighboring homeowners. Aesthetic work is defined as home improvements that may be visible by the public from the right of way, including but not limited to landscaping improvements, irrigation or sod on the lawn, driveway improvements, or repainting the home. Contact the Housing & Community Development Division (HCD) at (954) 765-5311.
While the organization does offer several programs, the two most tailored for people in need include housing assistance and a food pantry. The organization knows that by helping people and families in crisis situation to remain in their own homes, and by helping them feed their families on a temporary basis, these are two of the most important actions that they can take to stabilize their situation. The local Salvation Army branch works to minimize the problems of Fort Lauderdale residents by providing them with emergency funds for rent or mortgage assistance on a one time basis.
In addition, they run a food pantry that will help meet the needs of hungry people in the community by supplying groceries and free food to those in need. Call the agency at (954) 524-6991.
While Broward County does have several different housing and foreclosure prevention programs that cover the entire county, the city of Fort Lauderdale also houses a few HUD certified agencies and non-profits. Services and resources can offer mediation, information on federal government programs such as HAMP, information on state of Florida assistance, and much more. Learn more on the local city of Fort Lauderdale housing programs.
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