Housing Finance Authority

The Polk County Board of County Commissioners appoints the members of the authority.

The Housing Finance Authority of Polk County offers first time home buyers in Polk County up to $7,500 in down payment and closing cost assistance in the form of a deferred, non-amortizing, 0% interest second mortgage. This program is administered by the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County. For more information on how you can take advantage of this down payment and closing cost assistance visit https://www.pinellascounty.org/hfa/pdf/first_mortgage.pdf

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The following is the Housing Finance Authority of Polk County’s tentative budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. A budget hearing will be held on September 8, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. in the Commissioners Conference Room, Room 407 of the Neil Combee Administration Building, 330 West Church Street, Bartow, Florida, at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Authority. A budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year will be adopted during the hearing.

FY2017-2018 Budget

The current members, their addresses, email addresses and terms are as follows:

Board Members

  • William S. Okrepkie, appointed Feb. 2, 2016 to fill remainder of Heena Raju Gandhi's term through Nov. 30, 2016
    777 Glendora Road
    Poinciana, FL 34759
    email
  • Harrison Thornhill, chair, Dec. 1, 2015 to Nov. 30, 2019
    3200 Old Lucerne Park Road
    Winter Haven, FL 33881
    email
  • Joseph R. Bogdahn, March 1, 2015 to February 29, 2020
    1332 Avalyn Drive, S.E.
    Winter Haven, FL 33880
    email
  • Beth Evans, secretary, Nov. 30, 2012 to Jan. 22, 2017
    Envisors LLC
    2105 Dundee Road
    P.O. Box 9309
    Winter Haven, FL 33883
    email
  • Karen B. Guffey, June 21, 2016 to June 20, 2010
    KGuffy@GibsonAndWirt.com

The Housing Finance Authority meets on an as-needed basis in Room 407 of the Commissioner's Conference Room in the Neil Combee Administration Building. For more information, call Dianna McClelland at (863) 534-6501, or by email at diannamcclelland@polk-county.net.

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The Polk County Board of County Commissioners is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

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