For families with low to moderate income, there are several housing assistance strategies to help with repair, replacement, or rehabilitation. WFRPC coordinates the SHIP program for Walton County.
The following strategies are available:
Substantial Rehabilitation: addresses homeowner needs such as roofing, electrical, plumbing, sanitary disposal, or structural deficiencies
First Time Homebuyer Assistance: provides funds to support down payment and/or closing costs for the purchase of a home
Replacement Housing: provides funds to underwrite the costs of constructing affordable replacement homes for families living in unsafe conditions
Local Housing Assistance Plan
Each county is required by Florida Statute to have an approved Local Housing Assistance Plan (LHAP). The LHAP is submitted to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation for review once every three years. The LHAP is designed to detail how each county will expend the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) funds allocated to them for each fiscal year.
Walton County LHAP (2016)
Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC)
The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) is responsible for reviewing planning documents and making recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners for incentive strategies as part of the Local Housing Assistance Plan.
The AHAC meets quarterly at City Hall in DeFuniak Springs, located at 71 US Hwy 90 West. The meetings will begin at 9:30 a.m.
The 2017 schedule of meetings is as follows:
- January 19
- April 20
- July 20
- October 19.
Meetings are tentative until confirmed.