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- Home Owner Repair Assistance
- Rent & Electric Assistance
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Homebuyer Assistance Program Funding Update
May 16, 2018
Effective immediately, all of Pasco County’s Homebuyer Assistance Program funds for moderate income have been encumbered. Complete, accurate, and eligible reservations currently under review will be processed accordingly.
Funding is available for “very low and low income” households. We anticipate releasing invitations to apply for the new Homebuyer Assistance Program cycle in July 2018.
What We Do
The mission of Community Development is to improve the quality of life and housing conditions of our residents through the fair, ethical and honest administration of local, state and federal programs.
We do this through the administration of the County's neighborhood revitalization, housing and homeless programs utilizing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP), Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) and Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds. The Department also is the principal government agency for Pasco County for Homeless Programs and administers the Housing Finance Authority.
Annually, we receive approximately $8 million dollars to assist the very low to moderate income citizens of Pasco County. Some of our activities include:
- Neighborhood Redevelopment
- Homebuyer Programs
- Homeowner Rehabilitation
- Not-for-profit Agency Housing Development
- Homelessness Prevention and Assistance
- Funding Public Services
About the PascoHome Program
Under PascoHome, the County offers two home ownership assistance programs for future home dbuyers after taking a free home buyer preparation class. Both programs provide assistance to income-eligible buyers toward the purchase of a home in Pasco, including condominiums and townhomes. Buyers are required to contribute some of their own money toward the purchase of their home. Very Low Income buyers are required to contribute $500.00; Low and Moderate Income buyers are required to contribute $1,250.00. Pre-Purchase Requirements such as home inspections, appraisals, and earnest money deposits may be applied toward the homebuyer contribution.
- Homebuyer Assistance Program. Eligible homes may be located anywhere in Pasco, including all six cities. The maximum purchase price of an eligible home cannot exceed $240,000.00. Properties that are not eligible for assistance include: Mobile homes or manufactured homes; Property located within a special flood hazard area or repetitive loss area; and, Property that has experienced a sinkhole or other ground settlement activity, including remediated or stabilized properties.
- Pasco Opportunities Program (POP). The POP program is a partnership between Pasco County and several not for profit agencies. These agencies buy homes, have them repaired to meet or exceed building codes, improve the home’s energy efficiency, and make them available for sale to income-eligible buyers.
For more detailed information about the PascoHome programs, view the Pasco Homeownership Assistance Program Brochure (PDF) or contact Pasco County Community Development at 727-834-3445.
Houses for Sale through Pasco Opportunity Program
We have houses for sale through our Pasco Opportunity Program.
Documents and Forms:
These Lenders and Realtors have received training and are pre-approved to take applications for the PascoHome program.
Homebuyer Class Schedule:
In order to participate in any Pasco County home buyer program, you must attend a County sponsored class. These classes are in all areas of the County. Spanish language classes are also available.
2018 Homebuyer Classes:
- Homebuyer Class Schedule 1st Quarter 2018 (PDF)
- Homebuyer Class Schedule 2nd Quarter 2018 (PDF)
- Homebuyer Class Schedule 3rd Quarter 2018 (PDF)
- Homebuyer Class Schedule 4th Quarter 2018 (PDF)
To register for our classes, please contact Tampa Bay Community Development Corporation (TBCDC) at 727-442-7075.
To register for a class in Spanish, please contact Susana Cristancho at Tampa Bay Community Development Corporation at 727-847-3800.
Programs Available for Current Homeowners
Pasco has two programs that can assist homesteaded homeowners in preserving their homes - PascoFix (Homeowner Rehabilitation) and the Tax Payment Program (to assist in current and delinquent property taxes. In addition, foreclosure prevention resources may be available through agency partners listed below.
Eligible applicants must have incomes that are under 80% of the median income for the Tampa Bay area. Eligible repairs include but are not limited to: correcting substantial code violations, such as bad roofs and ceilings; upgrading electrical, heating, sewer, or water facilities: and making handicapped modifications.
The funds from Pasco County will be a 0% loan. Repayment of these funds help sustain our programs, allowing other people to be assisted in the future.
This program is available countywide, including the six cities. Single family homes, villas, condominiums and townhomes are eligible. Mobile homes are only eligible if the land is owned, and was built after 1994. The value of the property cannot exceed $240,000 when completed.
More Detailed Information about Pasco County Resources
Foreclosure Prevention Resources
- Foreclosure Prevention Resources (PDF)
- Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program (PDF)
Homeowners now have a new resource through the 6th Judicial Circuit Court. If you do receive a foreclosure notice, please take advantage of this program that can save your home.
PACE is a program that finances energy improvements and other home improvements for homeowner, rental and commercial properties. The average interest rate of a PACE loan is normally higher than a bank loan, and is paid back through a non-ad valorem assessment on the property tax bill. Multiple vendors operate within the County. Please visit the website for more information
Pasco County's Human Services Department administers assistance for past-due rent, move-in deposit assistance, and electric assistance for the elderly. There is an online application process for the programs offered, and a follow up, in person appointment is required to complete your application packet. In most instances, there is a three to four week waiting list for assistance.
If you are facing homelessness or a pending eviction, please contact the Homeless Coalition of Pasco County at 727-842-8605. If your electrical service has been or is subject to immediate disconnection, please call our Human Services Office at 727-834-3297.
Qualified Pasco residents may be eligible for assistance with rental move-in costs such as security deposits and first month's rent. For move-in and past due rent assistance, there may be a period of 30-45 days after approval before payment is mailed to the appropriate party. Please be sure that your landlord is aware of this and agrees to cooperate with the program before applying.
The EHEAP (Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly) Program may be able to assist individuals and households with at least one current household member aged 60 or older with a past due electric bill, disconnect notice, electric re-connection, or electric deposit.
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
PASCO COUNTY 2018-2022 FIVE-YEAR CONSOLIDATED PLAN DEVELOPMENT - ANNUAL ONE-YEAR ACTION PLAN - ANNUAL GRANT APPLICATIONS FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) FUNDS (PUBLIC SERVICES) – EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS GRANT (ESG) FUNDS – HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIPS (HOME) FUNDS
APRIL 20, 2018
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
NEW PORT RICHEY CITY HALL CHAMBERS
5919 MAIN STREET
NEW PORT RICHEY, FL 34652
The Community Development Department is in the process of writing its Five-Year Consolidated Plan and annual One-Year Action Plan.
The Consolidated Plan governs the disbursement of CDBG, HOME, and ESG entitlement funds provided to Pasco County by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on an annual basis.
The Consolidated Planning process identifies community needs in the areas of affordable housing, community development, homelessness, and special needs populations through a needs assessment and a market analysis. Needs are prioritized for investment of entitlement funds among different activities for each of the priority needs identified, including the populations to be served according to income, family type, homelessness, and special need populations. Priority needs are addressed by the goals and objectives established in the strategic plan. Priority needs that are not addressed in the Consolidated Plan are not eligible for Federal funding.
The One‑Year Action Plan provides a concise summary of the actions, activities, and the specific Federal and non‑Federal resources that will be used in a program year to address the priority needs and specific goals identified by the Consolidated Plan. The Action Plan activities are required to address the goals and priority needs outlined in the Strategic Plan and describe in detail the actions to be undertaken with CDBG, ESG, and HOME funds.
In 2013, the Pasco County Board of County Commissioners (Board) approved Neighborhood Redevelopment on the west side of the County as the funding priority for CDBG funds. Other activities to be funded include competitive Public Service applications, fair-share allocations to the cities of New Port Richey, Port Richey, San Antonio and St. Leo, the Slum & Blight Program, and payment of administrative costs to operate the program.
The selection of neighborhoods to be redeveloped will be a joint effort from the public and county staff to be presented to the Board for approval. Redevelopment will include infrastructure such as road paving, drainage improvements, street lights, sidewalks, and other amenities needed to provide safe and sustainable neighborhoods. Competitive Public Services applications will be made available to County and not-for-profit, Federal 501(c)(3) agencies. Public Services, capped at 15 percent of the CDBG allocation, are considered direct services to eligible clients, such as job training, services for homeless persons, public safety services, health care, transportation, etc., and must be either a new service or a quantifiable increase in the level of service previously provided. Contact the Community Development Department to discuss your public service project if you have any questions of eligibility. The public hearing kickoff will explain the CDBG and ESG grant application process, eligible activities, and the need for public participation in the Consolidated Plan planning process.
The Consolidated Plan and One-Year Action Plan is Pasco County’s application to HUD for Federal funds. Citizen participation, especially by low- and moderate-income persons, service providers, and other public and private agencies is vital to identifying community development needs and setting goals and objectives to meet the priorities set by the Board. If you are unable to attend or have questions, you may contact the Community Development Department at 727-834-3447, 5640 Main Street, Suite 200, New Port Richey, for information.
All meeting facilities are accessible in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Within two working days of your receipt of this notice, please contact the Customer Service Department, West Pasco Government Center, 7530 Little Road, New Port Richey, Florida 34654-5598; (727) 847-2411 in New Port Richey; (352) 523-2411 in Dade City; (813) 996-2411 in Land O’Lakes; or via (800) 955-8771 if you are hearing impaired.
Note that all requests for funding applications are due back to the Community Development Department by May 25, 2018, 5:00 pm. No exceptions to the deadline are allowed.
The Applications for both CDBG Public Services and ESG are located below: