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.

Webinars 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



Preparing Your LHAP and Enhancing Housing Strategies

Participate in a workshop designed to help you write a SHIP Local Housing Assistance Plan (LHAP) that is clear, concise and complies with all requirements.  It is sponsored by the Florida Housing Finance Corporation’s Affordable Housing Catalyst Program.  Priority for attendance will be given to SHIP jurisdictions scheduled to submit an updated LHAP in May 2016. If space is available the workshop will be open to staff from all SHIP communities.  The training will highlight details in the updated LHAP template, offer instructions on properly completing the Housing Delivery Goals Chart and other required forms, and help you assess how to enhance your housing strategies.  Learn best practices to ensure quick approval, as well as common mistakes to avoid.

Participate in exercises designed to enhance your understanding of key plan requirements.  The presenters will also address the development of an Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) report, which must be completed before an LHAP is submitted.

A daylong workshop from 9 am to 5 pm will be offered in the following locations. Click on one of the following to register:

Who Should Attend?

  • Housing program administrators, especially those with 2016 LHAPs due
  • This workshop is designed keeping in mind the training needs of staff with five years or less of SHIP experience.
  • Staff responsible for completing the LHAP
  • Staff responsible for convening AHAC committee

Key Topics:

  • Deadlines and responsibilities in the LHAP approval process
  • Designing Housing Strategies that work in a changing market
  • Properly defining terms of assistance
  • Submission of the LHAP

 (Past Workshop and Webinar information listed below)


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


 Sadowski Affiliates Webinar

Register for Sadowski Affiliates Webinar
Thursday, September 24 at 10:30

REGISTER HERE for free 30-minute webinar

The Florida Housing Coalition is hosting a free webinar for Sadowski Affiliates.  If you are not a Sadowski Affiliate you can become one by simply emailing with ‘Join Sadowski Affiliates’ in Subject Line.  There is no cost.  It is open to ALL HOUSING TRUST FUND ADVOCATES, including all SHIP Administrators and everyone else who wants the Legislature to use all the housing trust fund money for Florida’s affordable housing programs.

The Sadowski Affiliates webinars provides you with information that will help you know what is happening with the housing trust funds and how you can help.

We invite all Sadowski Affiliates, (and that should be you!) to join this 30-minute webinar.  Join the Sadowski Affiliates by emailing now.  We will use the GoToWebinar service, please click here to register for the free upcoming webinar.

The presenters for this webinar will be: Jaimie Ross, Florida Housing Coalition president and facilitator of the Sadowski Housing Coalition, and Mark Hendrickson, executive director of Florida ALHFA and executive committee member of the Florida Housing Coalition Board.

REGISTER HERE for free 30-minute webinar



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 Webinar Recordings



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.