Housing & Community Development

The following proposed documents are available for Public Comment:

  • HOPWA Waiting List is Currently Open!

    The Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) Program is the only Federal program dedicated to the housing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. Under the HOPWA Program, HUD makes grants to local communities, States, and nonprofit organizations for projects that benefit low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families. The City provides funding to the Palm Beach County Housing Authority to operate a Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) Program. If you have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and are low income, you may be eligible for placement on the HOPWA waiting list. Please contact Mr. Shermaine Taylor, 561-684-2160, extension 255, at the Palm Beach County Housing Authority for an application.

  • Community Facility Development Program Application

    The City’s Community Facility Development Program is now available!
    This program is designed to provide financial assistance of up to $80,000 to nonprofit organizations to construct, rehabilitate, or expand community facilities.
    If you are interested in applying for this program, please complete and submit an application to the City’s Housing & Community Development Department (HCD).

  • Application period closed as of June 12, 2015.

  • Residential Rehabilitation Program Application

    The City’s Residential Rehabilitation Program is now available!

    This program is designed to provide financial assistance of up to $50,000 to homeowners to address repair items that compromise the life, health, and/or safety of the household.

    If you are interested in applying for this program, please complete and submit an application to the City’s Housing & Community Development Department (HCD).

    Application period closed as of July 2, 2015.

  • Home Purchase Assistance Program Application

    The Home Purchase Assistance Program is designed to provide financial assistance of up to $40,000 to provide down payment and closing cost assistance to eligible Applicant(s) to purchase eligible housing units located within the Corporate Limits of the City of West Palm Beach.

    Download Application →

  • City of West Palm Beach Facade Application

    The Commercial Facade Program is an incentive available to businesses, located in eligible areas, for aesthetic improvements to the exterior of a commercial building and site.

    To begin, we encourage you to read the following program information to gain a fuller understanding of participation. When you are ready, please contact the City’s Housing & Community Development Department (HCD) at the phone number listed above to arrange an appointment with a City staff member to discuss program details and your specific needs.

    Application period closed as of May 21, 2015

  • SHIP LHAP Comment Period

    To maintain eligibility of State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Program fund allocations, the City is required to develop a Local Housing Assistance Plan (LHAP). The LHAP is a document that sets forth the City’s local strategies and criteria for administering its SHIP Program.Citizens, agencies, and all interested parties are encouraged to review and provide comment on the proposed LHAP covering the fiscal years of 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18.

    LHAP Public Notice →
    Final Draft 2015 LHAP →

SHIP Annual Report Available for Public Comment

  • The City of West Palm Beach State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Annual Report is available for review and comment from Sept. 5, 2014 through Sept 12, 2014, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the Department of Housing and Community Development, located at 401 Clematis Street, 3rd Floor West Palm Beach Fl, 33401 or by contacting Jennifer Ferriol, Housing and Community Development Administrator, at Jferriol@wpb.org.
  • The public is encouraged to review and comment on the reports. Comments on the annual reports may be sent to:Jennifer Ferriol, HCD Administrator
    City of West Palm Beach
    Housing and Community Development Department – 3rd Floor
    P.O. Box 3366
    West Palm Beach, Fl 33402
    Comments received on or before Sept. 12 2014 will be answered and forwarded to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation.

Affordable Homes for Sale

FY 2014 – 2015 ACTION PLAN

Public Notices / Citizen Participation Meetings

State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Program – Local Housing Assistance Plan (LHAP)

NSP Quarterly Performance Reports

FY 2012 – 2013 — Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER)


Mission

The mission of the Department of Economic and Community Development of the City of West Palm Beach is to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods by employing Departmental resources and capabilities to create capital investment, job opportunities and quality housing for individuals and families. The Department recognizes that social and community strength grows through sustaining economic strength.

Summary of Services

The Community Development Division assists with the production of affordable and market rate housing throughout the City. The Division fosters home ownership, and facilitates the provision of housing for special-needs groups. It administers federal and state entitlement grant programs in compliance with applicable federal regulations, including technical assistance, program reporting, audit review and on-site monitoring of grant program sub-recipients. In addition, Community Development Division administers the City’s federal and state entitlement grant programs, including the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) and State Housing Initiatives partnership (SHIP) programs. As the largest municipality in the Eligible Metropolitan Statistical Area (EMSA), the City of West Palm Beach has administrative authority over grant allocations for all jurisdictions in Palm Beach County under the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program, which is overseen by the Division. When available, the Division administers competitive grants related to housing and community development. The Division is further responsible for the oversight of Section 108 Loan funds received by the City.

The Economic Development Division strives to retain, nurture and attract businesses of all sizes, and to serve their needs. The City’s resources are leveraged through collective efforts and strategic partnerships with public and private sector providers of capital resources and technical assistance.

Primary services provided by the Community Development Division include housing rehabilitations, first-time homebuyer assistance, and the following public service and public improvement activities:

  • utilizing funds to finance necessary repairs to single-family houses owned and occupied by income eligible households;
  • providing funds to income eligible households for down payment and closing cost assistance for the purchase of a house, thereby making such housing affordable;
  • funding non-profit sub-recipient organizations to provide housing counseling, financial counseling, economic development technical assistance, and other related public services;
  • reserving funds for investment in affordable housing to be developed, sponsored or owned by locally certified Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs);
  • utilizing Section 108 Loan funds for eligible community and economic development projects which serve lower income residents of the jurisdiction;
  • providing HOPWA funds to eight agencies for special needs housing and supportive services for residents of Palm Beach County who are affected by HIV+/AIDS; and
  • providing technical assistance to encourage development of market rate housing in the downtown area and other neighborhoods of the jurisdiction.

The Department of Economic and Community Development believes the City can continue to advance by embracing and benefiting from the diversity of our neighborhoods. This diversity must be reflected in the City’s economy, and in the housing and amenities offered to our citizens. By taking advantage of the richness of our varied populations, expanded economic opportunities will reinforce past initiatives and encourage new developments that make West Palm Beach a desirable, safe city in which to live, work, raise a family, shop, study, play, and grow old.

City of West Palm Beach Housing and Community Development
401 Clematis Street, 3rd Floor, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 3366 West Palm Beach, Florida 33402

Phone: (561) 822-1250