State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program (SHIP)

SHIP LogoThe State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program (SHIP) provides funds to local governments as an incentive to create partnerships that produce and preserve affordable homeownership and multifamily housing. The program was designed to provide very low, low and moderate income families with assistance to purchase a home, money to repair or replace a home and many other types of housing assistance.


Call the Florida Housing Coalition’s SHIP hotline: 1-800-677-4548.

Technical assistance is available to you through the Affordable Housing Catalyst Program, funded by the Florida Housing Finance Corporation.  Our assistance helps you have success with SHIP.  We offer guidance on effective program design and help you comply with state and federal housing regulations.   We help you identify partners and resources, implement your program and account for the results and spending.

Telephone and email technical assistance is available Monday through Friday at 1 (800) 677-4548 and  We can answer your brief question to help finish today’s task or offer longer-term guidance to assist throughout the stages of a project.

On-site Assistance:  In some cases, we may visit your office to help you with a new initiative, review your tracking and SHIP files, meet with your advisory committee members, or whatever support you need.

Register Today OnlineWebinars and Workshops: These deliver an array of topics to help you administer and implement SHIP.  Email to be added to the list for announcements of upcoming trainings. Training topics include:

-  Affordable Housing Program Design and Implementation
-  Preparation of Policies and Procedures Manuals
-  Income Compliance and Eligibility Determination
-  Compliance with Regulations and Administration
-  Implementation of systems to maintain records, tracking, reporting, and monitoring of programs
-  Predevelopment, Development, and Rehabilitation Process for Rental and Homeownership Programs
-  Meeting Low-Income Set-Asides for Extremely Low Income and Special Needs Housing
-  Nonprofit Board and Staff Training/Organizational Capacity Building
-  Nonprofit Strategic and Business Plans

For the full list of upcoming trainings - See our Training Calendar.

Click here for past training materials.

Gearing up for the 2016 Legislative Session

The 2016 Florida Legislative Session is set to convene Tuesday, January 12, 2016. As we gear up for the 2016 Legislative Session, now is the time to start meeting with your legislators in their district offices. Your legislators need to hear from you BEFORE January 12.

It’s also important to attend your local delegation meeting, where your legislators hear from you about what you care about. Click here for the schedule of Local Delegation Meetings.

To learn more about how to prepare for the 2016 legislative session, be sure to sign up for the first Sadowski Affiliates Webinar, which will discuss the legislative session, give tips on what to say at the local delegation meeting or when meeting with your legislator.

In addition, the latest SHIP Distribution Estimates for Fiscal Year 2016-17 are out. Find out what your jurisdiction would get if the housing trust funds were used for housing.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jaimie Ross at 850.212.0587 or



This great success is due to the collective efforts of our membership organizations, our collaborative work, our grassroots efforts, and our team of professional legislative advocates. Below is a summary of the sections that pertain to our efforts, as well as the spreadsheet on SHIP appropriations by jurisdictions that was received today from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation.


The House and Senate reached agreement June 16 on the FY 2015-2016 budget. The budget document has been published and will be voted on and passed early Friday evening, June 19.

Given the volatility of the session, the outcome was excellent.

  1. Housing appropriations from the Housing Trust Funds are $175 million, up from last year.
  2. Legislation that would have permanently reduced the amount of doc stamps coming into the Housing Trust Funds EVERY year was defeated.
  3. Another $4.4 million of general revenue and another $3.9 million from the SEED Trust Fund will be spent to fund homeless and other housing projects.

Spreadsheet on SHIP appropriations by jurisdictions

Summary of the State Budget as it relates to Housing



SHIP References



The Florida Housing Coalition encourages the use of the SHIP logo for use on all materials related to promoting SHIP. Feel free to use the SHIP logo to help brand all your success stories and SHIP information. Click the SHIP logo image to download and save the logo. 


SHIP Success Story – Real Purpose. Real Situations. Real Lives.

St. Pete vet receives rehabbed home, presented Congressional Gold Medal

William Scott- Montford Marine- St Pete(Click Photo to Play Video)

Nov. 8, 2013 — Officials revealed a rehabbed home for a St. Petersburg, Fla. veteran on Friday. Mr. William C. Scott was one of the original Montford Point Marines, the first black unit of the U.S. Marines Corp. Scott also served in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. In recent years, his home had fallen into disrepair. At 87, Scott needed help fixing up his home, saving it from code violations. With help from volunteers and donations, the state’s Housing Initiative Partnership was able to help him make the needed repairs. Friday, Scott was able to return to his newly rehabbed home.

View the full WFLA News Channel 8 video with photos.