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Office Location
Citrus Rail Plaza
2008 Classique Lane
Tavares, FL 32778

Office Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Lobby closed but available by phone.

SHIP Annual Reports
Housing Choice Voucher Application
CDBG FY 2018 Annual Action Plan
2018 Lake County Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice
CDBG Citizen Participation Plan

The Housing and Community Development Division's mission is to provide an integrated system of services, resources and opportunities to help people improve their lives, the lives of others, neighborhoods and the total community. Eligibility requirements apply to the programs offered.

A variety of services are offered to the citizens of Lake County. These services include:

Home Ownership Assistance

This program assists low-income households with the down payment and closing costs. Homes purchased may be existing or new construction. The applicant must be eligible to obtain a mortgage through a participating lender. The source of funding is through State House Initiatives Partnership (SHIP). For more information, call (352) 742-6540 or click here.


The Lake County Housing and Community Development office will be accepting applications for Down Payment Assistance wait list for State Housing Initiatives Program (SHIP). If your income is Very Low to Moderate and your household meets the first time homebuyer’s requirements, you can make application for the list.

The amount of assistance varies depending on household income and consistency. The funds awarded to eligible homebuyers are secured by a lien that is forgiven after 15 years.

  • In order to apply for assistance, eligible homebuyers must be purchasing in Lake County andbe a first time homebuyer (not owned a home for three years).
  • If you are interested and would like to get on the waiting list, please call 352-434-0411.The wait list will remain open as long as funding is available.

We do not discriminate in the sale, rental and financing of housing and in the provisions of brokerage and appraisal services, because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familia status or national origin.

SHIP Home Rehabilitation & Replacement
The home rehab and replacement program is designed to aid low income homeowners with housing problems that pose a serious threat to the health and safety and/or welfare of the household. The home must be an owner-occupied, homestead property, for a minimum of 3 years. The source of funding is through SHIP (State Housing Initiative Partnership). There is mandatory criteria for each program. Applicants must meet all requirements in order to be placed on the waiting list. For additional program information please call (352) 742-6540 or click here, to download an application.

NOTICE: The SHIP Rehabilitation & Replacement Program is accepting preliminary applications. In order for an applicant to be placed on the waiting list, the preliminary application must be filled out completely and all adults in the household must sign the form. The original preliminary application must be brought in or mailed to the housing office. Applications are processed on a first come, first served basis, depending on income level.

Rental Assistance
Section 8 Rental Voucher program is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. A rental subsidy is paid directly to the landlord by the housing agency on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program. Eligibility for a rental voucher is determined based on the total annual gross income and family size. Applications are only accepted when the waiting list is open. For more information, call (352) 742-6540 or click here.

Community Development Block Grant
Lake County annually receives Community Development Block Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These funds are used to improve the living environment and quality of life for low and moderate-income citizens and their communities in Lake County. For more information call (352) 742-6540.

Eligibility requirements apply to the programs offered.

Allison Thall, Interim Housing and Community Development Division Manager
Lake County Community Services Department
P.O. Box 7800
Tavares, FL 32778-7800

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