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Housing and Neighborhood Development

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Housing and Neighborhood Development administers federal and state grant programs. The programs and services include:

  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
  • Demolition and Clearance
  • Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG)
  • Home Investment Partnership (HOME)
  • Housing Choice Vouchers
  • Section 3
  • State Housing Initiative (SHIP)
  • Neighborhood Stabilization Program

HND Proram Documents 


Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

The CDBG program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of uniques communinity development needs. Each CDBG-funded activity must meet one of the three national objectives:

  1. Principally benefiting low and moderate income persons
  2. Preventing or eliminating slum and blights
  3. Meeting other community development needs having a particular urgency

Community Development Block Grant Plan Drafts


Demolition and Clearance

This program is funded by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The program is designed to eliminate slum and blight in unincorporated areas of Polk County.

Demo/Clearance Documents

  • Reports

 Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG)

The grant is designed to assist nonprofit organizations to provide emergency shelter and associated support services to homeless individuals and families.

ESG Program Documents

  • Homeless Prevention Amendment
  • Reports

Download PDF HPRP Annual Report through Sept. 30, 2010

Download PDF  HPRP AR2

Download PDF  HPRP QPR 7 Report

Polk County HPRP QPR 4th Quarter

Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME)

The grant funds are used to fund a wide range of activities that build, buy, and/or rehabilitate affordable housing for rent or homeownership or provide direct rental assistance to low-income individuals.

HOME Program Documents

  • Reports

Housing Choice Vouchers (formally Section 8)

Section 8 Rental Assistance provides low income families with safe, decent and affordable housing. For detailed information on Section 8 view Housing and Neighborhood Development FAQs.

Public Notice for Public Hearing July 9

Who is Eligible?

  • Low income persons. Income must be at or below 50% of area-wide median income as determined by local housing agencies.
  • Citizens or non-citizens with eligible immigration status
  • Individuals with a disability and households with an adult member who has a disability

Housing Choice Voucher Program Documents

Section 3 


Section 3 Purpose:

Section 3 of the United States Housing and Urban Development HUD Act of 1968, (12U.S.C. 1701u) (Section 3) and implementing regulations at 24 CFP Part 135 states the purpose of Section 3 is to ensure that employment and other economic opportunities generated by certain Housing and Urban Development (HUD) financial assistance shall, to the greatest extent feasible, and consistent with the existing Federal, State and Local laws and regulations, be directed to low and very low income person, particularly those who are recipients of government assistance for housing and to the businesses which provide economic opportunities to these persons.

General Policy Statement: 

Section 3 is a federally mandated program governed by HUD to provide economic opportunities to low and very low income families.  The economic opportunities may be derived from training, employment and contracting.  It is the policy of the Polk County Housing and Neighborhood Department (HND) to require its contractors to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran’s or material status, or economic status, and to take affirmative action to ensure that both job applicants and existing employees are given fair and equal treatment. HND implements this policy through the awarding of contracts to contractors, vendors and suppliers to create employment and business opportunities for public housing residents and other eligible persons and businesses of Polk County.  The policy shall result in a reasonable level of success in the recruitment, employment, and utilization of public housing recipients and other eligible persons or businesses.  HND, as a grantee of HUD funds is required by HUD to develop and implement a Section 3 program designed to ensure contracting and subcontracting opportunities for Section 3 designated businesses, as well as hiring opportunities for Section 3 eligible residents.  The HND upholds the spirit and intent of its obligations under Section 3 and has set forth the following policies which are applicable to contractors, subcontractors, developers, and /or sub-recipients and other engaged in projects funded through the HND with funds received from HUD.  

If you are a business and would like to complete an application with HND to become a Section 3 business, please complete the Section 3 Business Certification form

If you are a Public Housing resident, Section 8 resident, or live in the Polk County area and meet the income guidelines, please complete the Section 3 Resident Preference Claim form.   Additionally, it is important to complete the Economic Opportunity Outreach Assessment form.

If you have questions, please call the Housing and Neighborhood Department Office, 863-534-5616 or email Bridget Engleman, Labor and Environmental Compliance Specialist.

Click here for additional information regarding Section 3.

Section 3 Guidelines and Forms

Policies and Procedural Guidelines

Guide for Contractors

Business Certification Form

Resident Preference Claim Form

Economic Opportunity Outreach Assessment Form 


State Housing Initiative Program (SHIP)

Funds distributed to local governments on a population-based formula as an incentive to produce and preserve affordable housing for very low, low and moderate income families,

Ship Program Documents

  • Local Housing Assistance Plan (LHAP) FY08/09, 09/10, 10/11
  • Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Membership List
  • Reports:

Download PDF SHIP AR Closeout 2007 2008

Download PDF SHIP AR Int 1 2008 2009

Download PDF SHIP AR Int 2 2009 2010

Download PDF SHIP_AR_2011-2012

Download PDF SHIP_AR_2012-2013

ico_pdfPolk County LHAP Narrative 2011-2014 w 9-12 technical revisions


Neighborhood Stabilization Program

The program was created to respond to rising residential foreclosures and property abandonment. The main purpose of the NSP is to stabilize neighborhoods that are negatively impacted by foreclosures in Polk Coiunty. Funds are available to buy, renovate and sell foreclosed homes.

NSP Documents


2009 NSP1

Download PDF NSP1 Quarterly Report 06-30-09

Download PDF NSP1 Quarterly Report 09-30-09

Download PDF NSP1 Quarterly Report 12-31-09


2010 NSP 1

Download PDF NSP Quarterly Report Jan. 1, 2010 - March 31, 2010

Download PDF NSP Quarterly Report April, 1, 2010 - June 30, 2010

Download PDF NSP Quarterly Report July 1, 2010 - Sept. 30, 2010

Download PDF NSP Quarterly Report Oct 1 2010 to dec 31 2010 


2011 NSP 1

Download PDF NSP1 QPR Jan 1 2011 to March 31 2011

Download PDF NSP1 QPR April 1 2011 to June 30 2011 

Download PDF NSP1 QPR July 1 2011 to September 30 2011

Download PDF NSP1 QPR October 1 2011 to December 31 2011


2012 NSP 1

ico_pdf NSP1 QPR Jan Feb March 2012 Due April 30 2012

ico_pdf NSP1 QPR April May June 2012 Final Version 

ico_pdf NSP1 QPR July August Sept. 2012

  ico_pdf NSP1 QPR Oct Nov Dec 2012 


2013 NSP 1

ico_pdf NSP1 QPR Jan Feb March 2013

ico_pdf NSP1 QPR April May June 2013

ico_pdf NSP1 July August September 2013 QPR

  ico_pdf NSP1 Oct Nov Dec 2013 QPR 

NSP 1 2014

ico_pdf NSP1 QPR Jan Feb March 2014

ico_pdf NSP1 QPR April May June 2014

NSP 1 Amendments

Download PDF Notice of Intent to Amend NSP

Download PDF Draft NSP Amendment March 9, 2010

Download PDF Polk County NSP Amendment

Download PDF Spanish Version NSP Amendment

ico_pdf NSP 1 Amendment 3 October 2012  


NSP 3 2011

Download PDF NSP3 QPR April May June 2011

Download PDF NSP3 QPR July Aug Sept 2011 

Download PDF NSP3 QPR Oct Nov Dec 2011  


NSP 3 2012

Download PDF NSP3 QPR Jan Feb March 2012 

Download PDF NSP3 QPR April May June 2012 

Download PDF NSP3 QPR July Aug Sept 2012

Download PDF NSP3 QPR Oct Nov Dec 2012   

NSP 3 2013

Download PDF NSP3 Jan Feb March 2013 QPR

  Download PDF NSP3 April May June 2013 QPR  

  Download PDF NSP3 July August September 2013 QPR

Download PDF NSP3 Oct Nov Dec 2013 QPR  

NSP 3 2014

ico_pdf NSP 3 QPR Jan Feb March 2014  

ico_pdf NSP 3 QPR April May June 2014


NSP 3 additonal documents

 Download PDF NSP 3 Substantial Amendment

Download PDF NSP 3 Mapping Data

Download PDF NSP3 Application 2-15-11

Download PDF Proposed NSP3 Amendment Request

ico_pdf NSP1 and NSP3 Public Notice Ad  

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  • Reconstruction of eligible households

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