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Posted on: July 17, 2020

Financial Assistance for Low-Income Residents

State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) Funds are available for low- and moderate-income families affected by COVID-19. Oakland Park residents are eligible to receive funds through the County’s Family Success Administration Division. See Eligibility Requirements

To apply for SHIP rental assistance offered by the Broward County Family Success Administration Division click here. The Family Success Administration Division is taking calls at:
  • Northwest Family Success Center: (954) 357-5000 / Coral Springs
  • North Family Success Center:  (954) 357-5340 / Pompano
  • South Regional Family Success Center: (954) 357-5650 / Carver Ranches
  • Central Family Success Center:  (954) 357-5001 / Fort Lauderdale 

Low-income families struggling to pay their electric bill may be eligible for financial assistance through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Eligibility is based on income and household size. The Broward County LIHEAP Program is for Broward County residents only.

ALSO: Homebuyer Purchase Assistance (HPA) funds are still available in Oakland Park. Please note some important details below:

  • Due to COVID staff spacing, the income certification, approval and funding process is taking 5-6 weeks after receipt of a package from the lender. Please inform your clients of this timetable.
  • Income certifications are being handled by the County with the homebuyers telephonically and electronically.
  • Lenders may ask to reserve funds when the buyer has a pre-approval and has identified a property. Send an email to Suzanne Weiss (suweiss@broward.org), Richard Yeargin (ryeargin@broward.org) and Irina Korovyakovskaya (ikorovyakovskaya@broward.org) to ask about and reserve funds. The lender will receive a written confirmation of the reservation of funds.
  • Before the assistance can be provided, the Buyer must participate in a Homebuyer Education Class from a local HUD-approved housing counseling agency. A list of the local agencies is available here. Contact the agencies directly to register for an upcoming virtual, online or in-person class.
  • As always, funds are available on a first-come, first-qualified, first-served basis, until funds are fully expended.

Should you have any questions or need additional information feel free to contact:

Broward County Housing Finance & Community Redevelopment Division
HomeOwnership & Repair Section
110 NE 3rd Street, 2nd Floor
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
954-357-4915

Learn more about SHIP Funds Here
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