People with low income , seniors , and people with disabilities may qualify for help to get affordable rental housing. Check the resources below to learn more.
Finding Stable Housing
For someone with a mental health condition, the basic necessity of a stable home can be hard to come by. The lack of safe and affordable housing is one of the most powerful barriers to recovery. When this basic need isn’t met, people cycle in and out of homelessness, jails, shelters and hospitals. Having a safe, appropriate place to live can provide stability to allow you to achieve your goals.
Home Purchase Assistance
Applications Accepted Now!
Home buyers can obtain up to $35,000 to help purchase a home. Your income must qualify per HUD income limits for Lee County. Anyone interested must attend a home-buyer education class from a HUD approved Housing Counseling Agency to obtain a commitment for a mortgage from a lending institution and you must live in the home. Assistance will be in the form of a no interest/ no payment second mortgage on the property being purchased.
To start your application, visit, https://www.cityftmyers.com/1542/Home-Purchase-Assistance or call 239-321-7965.
Residents outside of the City of Fort Myers City Limits must call the Lee County Human and Veteran Services at 239-533-7900 for possible assistance with housing rehabilitation.
Residents within the City of Cape Coral City Limits much call the Cape Coral Housing Development Corporation at 239-471-0922 for possible assistance with housing rehabilitation.
Homeowner Insurance Deductible Assistance
SHIP-DR Homeowner Insurance Deductible Assistance Florida Housing Finance Corporation awarded the City of Fort Myers funding to help residents impacted by Hurricane Ian pay their home insurance deductibles. Applications are being processed through Lee County’s SHIP program.
How to Apply
Application forms are available at leegov.com or are available for pick-up between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Community Development/Public Works building located at 1500 Monroe St, 2nd floor, Downtown Fort Myers.
The application must be completed in its entirety, signed, dated, and witnessed/notarized where applicable.
Residents within Cape Coral City Limits Please contact the City of Cape Coral at email@example.com.
Airbnb has launched a special website to help Hurricane Ian Relocation efforts for impacted residents at Airbnb.com/hurricaneianflorida. The page features open (vacant and available for rent) properties that are available to be booked outside of the FEMA Disaster zones. As communities become fully restored with water and electricity, Airbnb will add more open properties to Airbnb.com/hurricaneianflorida.
For displaced residents of Lee and Charlotte counties, Airbnb is also working with their nonprofit partners to offer vouchers for temporary housing at Airbnb properties.
More info: https://news.airbnb.com/airbnb-org-hurricane-relief-efforts/.
Lee County Housing Authority
The mission of the Lee County Housing Authority is to assist low-income families with safe, decent, and affordable housing opportunities as they strive to achieve self-sufficiency and improve their lives. The LCHA is committed to operating in an efficient, ethical, and professional manner, and will create and maintain partnerships with its clients and appropriate community agencies in order to accomplish this mission.
Lee County Homeless Coalition
The Lee County Homeless Coalition is a non-profit advocacy group made up of community and faith-based service providers, local businesses, people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, and other advocates committed to ending homelessness.
US Government Housing - Find Affordable Housing
Learn about government programs that help low-income people find affordable rental housing. Each of the programs - subsidized housing, public housing, and housing choice vouchers - is different. Get the details on how they work, who is eligible, and how to apply.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Helping you meet your housing needs. HUD provides housing support and uplifts communities. Let us guide your next steps to the right place.
Comprehensive List Shelters