SHIP SINKING

United States

#1 May 7, 2012
TAVARES - Jones, Greg - gregjones@dailycommercial.com -
Published: Sunday, May 06, 2012

Thirty families will have to wait for improved housing in Lake County because a state program designed to fund low-income housing is broke.

The Ship Program (State Housing Initiatives Partnership) will not have any money allocated for housing for Lake County in the 2012-13 fiscal year, and 30 families will have to wait until the program gets additional funding or for county officials to find other ways to fund the program.

Lake County Housing Services Director Cheryl Howell is hopeful that some funds will remain from the current $404,000 that is being used to help families now. Howell said the program didn't give Lake County any money in 2009-10. However, the county still found ways to help those low-income resident move in homes.
Two years ago when the Ship Program didn't give Lake any money, county officials were able to use money from mortgage leans on homes that came from residents who were previous helped by Ships Program. In addition, there were funds that came back to the department from a failed housing project, Howell said.

County Commissioner Leslie Campione said the program has taken a hit due to the decline of property transactions fees in the state. The state has had to use the Ship funding to help balance the budget, she said.

Howell also said the program has been used for several years to help fund the state budget.

Despite the inconsistent funding in recent years from Ships, Howell said the program has been successful because it has helped the Lake County Department of Economic Development & Community Services place 35 families in better homes during the last 18 months. She said the program is another way to grow the tax base and improve the economy because home owners are looking to keep their property by maintaining employment.

"We are hopeful that we will get funding for next year," Howell said. "Affordable housing benefits everyone. Overall, it benefits Lake County because it helps our small contractors, builders and suppliers."

Campione is hopeful, too. Campione, who oversees the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, said the program works well for the taxpayers because their money isn't being used. But Campione is concerned about lack of funds available for low-income housing.
She said the program is funded through property transaction fees that are set aside for low-income housing. She said the program does require the county to follow state guidelines while allowing the county to "tailor" the initiatives to suit local needs.

Even though the program has success, Campione believes there is room to improve. She said the committee is looking into shifting the program from helping residents with down payments and improving home conditions, to focusing more on putting more money toward improving home conditions.

"Our focus is how can we help more people, and how can we stretch those dollars and make sure they are getting to the people who need them the most," she said.

"I will say to them,'Hang on,' and hopefully there will be additional funds available in the future, and if you have issues that are safety related, let us know because we may be able to find another agency or organization that can come in and help you with that repair."

Hung Out To Dry

United States

#3 May 7, 2012
Commissioners Tuesday April 28, 2009 made moves to inject more responsibility into the county's affordable housing assistance program.

Beneficiaries of the program will have to pay back their entire loan on the spot if they ever sell their property or make other moves prohibited in the county's plan, which is updated every three years. Previously, the restrictions expired after five, 15 and 30 years for various programs. The move means Lake will continue to collect money and keep its assistance program going where it lost money before, said commissioner Elaine Renick. Renick also took issue with differences in grant amounts that qualifying residents can get to buy new or existing homes. Previously, residents could get up to $175,000 to help pay for a new, detached home.ACTUALLY MANY NEW HOMES WERE BUILT FOR UNQUALIFIED FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR NICIE ALLEN PARKS AT A COST OF $158,000 EACH ABSOLUTELY FREE. YES THEY NEVER HAVE TO PAY ONE DIME FOR THESE HOMES WHILE OTHERS ARE LIVING IN THEIR CARS.

Commissioners said that amount should be dropped to equal the limit for help in buying existing homes; that limit is set at $15,000 in the updated plan. The program was never intended to pay for the full purchase price of a home but, while the commission was looking the other way untold numbers of free homes were being built right under their noses. Check out Alt Key#:1454263 a Free home given by you the taxpayers to an adult family of five (One is a BK fast food store General Manager, who is actually granted the homestead exemption by being named on the deed. Another one is a retired employee of Ed HABILL PROPERTY APPRAISER) Even after receiving a new home on their lot it is assessed at $76,108. which Ed Havill's office totally exempts and the owners of the free house have not taxes to pay on same. Are we they taxpayers paying the home insurance for them also? The changes mean the county can help more residents (like the disabled lady shown on channel 9 living in her car with her assist dog somewhere around Tavares) who are either homeless, in substandard housing or looking to buy their first home, Renick said. "If we're very careful with this money, it's going to go a lot further," Renick said. The program gives help to very low-, low- and middle-income residents who qualify through the program. Income levels are based on federal calculations. But no matter a family's income, issues like insurance coverage muddied the waters for some commissioners. Commissioner Jimmy Conner wanted to prevent help for home rehab following natural disasters from going to homeowners who have insurance, saying the county's commitment would give insurance companies incentive to avoid paying claims. Damage repair assistance can only be granted for damage insurance does not cover, according to the plan. Commissioners did not add Conner's suggestion. Commission chairman Welton Cadwell voted against all the suggested changes, saying at one point there was a difference of "philosophies" when dealing with housing assistance and that the most important part of the program was helping people who otherwise can't get into a home. In other housing news:-- A reduction in federal money for rental assistance means some residents receiving county help could lose their rent money this summer. The federal budget was passed later than usual this year, meaning local governments have not been able to plan as far ahead for needed funds for federal Section 8 housing, said Stacey Kleinfeld, the county's Section 8 housing coordinator. That delay, combined with a reduction in funding as part of the uncertainty, led county officials to enact a plan that would cut some rental assistance funding for the last three months of the fiscal year: July August and September. The plan, if implemented, could affect 100 to 120 families
Willie Mac

United States

#4 May 7, 2012
SHIP SINKING wrote:
TAVARES - Jones, Greg - gregjones@dailycommercial.com -
Published: Sunday, May 06, 2012
Thirty families will have to wait for improved housing in Lake County because a state program designed to fund low-income housing is broke.
The Ship Program (State Housing Initiatives Partnership) will not have any money allocated for housing for Lake County in the 2012-13 fiscal year, and 30 families will have to wait until the program gets additional funding or for county officials to find other ways to fund the program.
Lake County Housing Services Director Cheryl Howell is hopeful that some funds will remain from the current $404,000 that is being used to help families now. Howell said the program didn't give Lake County any money in 2009-10. However, the county still found ways to help those low-income resident move in homes.
Two years ago when the Ship Program didn't give Lake any money, county officials were able to use money from mortgage leans on homes that came from residents who were previous helped by Ships Program. In addition, there were funds that came back to the department from a failed housing project, Howell said.
County Commissioner Leslie Campione said the program has taken a hit due to the decline of property transactions fees in the state. The state has had to use the Ship funding to help balance the budget, she said.
Howell also said the program has been used for several years to help fund the state budget.
Despite the inconsistent funding in recent years from Ships, Howell said the program has been successful because it has helped the Lake County Department of Economic Development & Community Services place 35 families in better homes during the last 18 months. She said the program is another way to grow the tax base and improve the economy because home owners are looking to keep their property by maintaining employment.
"We are hopeful that we will get funding for next year," Howell said. "Affordable housing benefits everyone. Overall, it benefits Lake County because it helps our small contractors, builders and suppliers."
Campione is hopeful, too. Campione, who oversees the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, said the program works well for the taxpayers because their money isn't being used. But Campione is concerned about lack of funds available for low-income housing.
She said the program is funded through property transaction fees that are set aside for low-income housing. She said the program does require the county to follow state guidelines while allowing the county to "tailor" the initiatives to suit local needs.
Even though the program has success, Campione believes there is room to improve. She said the committee is looking into shifting the program from helping residents with down payments and improving home conditions, to focusing more on putting more money toward improving home conditions.
"Our focus is how can we help more people, and how can we stretch those dollars and make sure they are getting to the people who need them the most," she said.
"I will say to them,'Hang on,' and hopefully there will be additional funds available in the future, and if you have issues that are safety related, let us know because we may be able to find another agency or organization that can come in and help you with that repair."
Miss Leslie if ya'll so broke why come Sonya Osborne got her house all fixed up over here at 226 Pine in Mount Dora when we's homeless? My babydaddy said Sonya told him she done had $65 thousand dollars of free money to fix up her house. Ain't no wonder you people broke cause wrong people be gitting everything. How she be gitting her house fixed when she be got the state with a big lean on her? Even her own kin don't figure this out.

“With Attitude”

Since: Jan 12

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#9 May 8, 2012
I think golf courses would be fantastic places to build low income housing.
No Wonder We Are Broke

United States

#11 May 8, 2012
FLORIDA HOUSING AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

http://apps.floridahousing.org/StandAlone/FHF...
Bill J

United States

#12 May 9, 2012
Why is our Lake County government leaders giving money to insider contractors to build new free homes for people when this county has got foreclosed growed up homes scattered all over? And not onely that why are we paying $155,OOO and $158,OOO for new homes that are built for $80,OOO to begin with? Somebody is putting a lot of the taxpayers money in their pockets for sure. Just look at the Habitat homes that they say cost less than $50,OOO they are getting almost that from the taxpayers free plus volunteers and materials donated. Man somebody is cutting a fat hog in the butt on this housing stuff.
Little Johnny

United States

#13 May 11, 2012
How do I get my name on this list to get me one of these free homes? Even I can afford no payments and no interest for 30 years then they excuse it and if I don't live that long my youngins will get it. They are broke and deserving as I am. This is a no lose deal right here It even beats winning the lottery. When you win the lottery the government wants half of it back. When you get a free home its free. Some say they don't even have to pay taxes on theirs.

If it takes me a year to get one it will be worth it. Beats rent. They make me pay the rent.
smell the roses

United States

#14 May 16, 2012
THE PEOPLE HAD BETTER WAKE UP AND SMELL THE ROSES

BEFORE THERE IS NO ROSES BLOOMING ANYMORE!




http://www.wthr.com/video...

FRED

Eustis, FL

#16 Jun 21, 2012
Why build more free housing, this place if full of new Repo's. They will not even buy a shovel to clean up a yard now. If they cannot afford a house how are they are going to maintain it. Wake up people everybody is not entitled to everything they want.
leeches and buzzards

United States

#17 Jun 21, 2012
The well connected are entitle to a free house and all kinds of free storage and rents paid while they wait for the free house. The important element is that Carl Ludeke of charlie Johnson Homes or Homes in Partnership of Apopka has to build the $80-85 thousand dollar free home. Then they bill we the taxpayers $158,000. for the home and split the profits among their criminal friends and conspirators. Everybody make out like the bandits they are except we the taxpayers.

Then when the people who go the free homes don't pay their taxes the buzzards fly in and steal the free home from the taxpayers because the county attorney didn't do his job and protect the taxpayers investment in the free home we gave away!

These criminals can't make that kind of money buying and rehabing exsting homes.
FRED

Eustis, FL

#18 Jun 21, 2012
smell the roses wrote:
THE PEOPLE HAD BETTER WAKE UP AND SMELL THE ROSES
BEFORE THERE IS NO ROSES BLOOMING ANYMORE!
http://www.wthr.com/video...
Hard to smell anything, sleeping late with a snoot full of Drugs

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