What is the SHIP Program?
SHIP is the State Housing Initiative Partnership program that provides funds to local governments as an incentive to create partnerships that produce and preserve affordable home ownership.  The targeted population must be considered very low to moderate income households as defined by Housing Urban Development (HUD).

Levy County SHIP Funds:
Levy County SHIP funds can provide down payment/closing costs and repairs to owner-occupied homes.  The funds cannot be used for mobile or manufactured homes as well as for the owner financing or rental properties.  Eligibility into the SHIP Program is based on the household size and the gross annual household income. 

Services We Offer:

  • Rehabilitation Repairs
  • Home Buyer's Assistance
  • Disaster Mitigation
Rehabilitation Repairs:
SHIP provides assistance to qualifying applicants to make repairs to owner-occupied households.  Repairs are geared towards improving the health and safety of these households in the form of an interest-free second mortgage.  This loan is forgivable as long as the applicant continues to own and occupy the rehabilitated home as their primary residence for 10 years. 

Home Buyer's Assistance:

SHIP provides assistance to qualifying applicants in the form of down payment and closing costs for existing and new construction of affordable homes.

Disaster Mitigation:

SHIP assistance is given to households residing in owner-occupied homes in all four income categories following a natural disaster as declared by either the President of the United States of America or the Governor of the State of Florida.  The terms under which this assistance is given are outlined on the receipt and disbursement of funds and may take the form of a grant.

SHIP Program Forms:

The following documents may be obtained by contacting SHIP at (352) 486-5268.

  • Levy County Local Housing Assistant Plan (LHAP) 2016-2019 - No Exhibits
  • Levy County SHIP Rehabilitation Application Form
  • Levy County SHIP Verification and Authorization Form
  • SHIP Program Requirements/Check List  


SHIP Assistance Availability:
Are you a resident of Levy County and is your Home in Need of Repairs? Or Are you trying to Purchase your First Home and are in need of some Financial Assistance to help with your Purchase?  If any of these options apply to you, contact the Levy County SHIP Program.  Special emphasis on individuals who are classified as Special Needs such as those receiving SSI, SSDI, or Veteran's Disability Benefits etc. Don't Delay see the contact information below to see if you qualify for assistance. 

Contact Information

Marlon Gayle, Housing Planner

612 E. Hathaway Ave
Bronson, FL 32621

(352) 486-5268

(352) 486-3497