Pasco County's Community Development Division was among several programs across the state that received 2013 State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program Awards for its efforts to provide affordable housing.
"The 2013 SHIP Awards highlight the importance of SHIP for meeting the needs of Florida's hard working families and most vulnerable citizens throughout the state, and to recognize the substantial success that local housing programs are able to have when adequately funded," said Jaimie Ross, president of the Florida Housing Coalition and facilitator for the Sadowski Housing Coalition, a nonpartisan collection of 25 statewide organizations. "We are honoring the people who administer and implement the local housing trust funds and the partnerships created when SHIP dollars are used to provide housing assistance at the local level across the state."
Pasco won for its Pasco Opportunity Program, also referred to as POP, which received the Outstanding Purchase Assistance Program Award. It was designed as a partnership between housing nonprofit agencies and local government to bring home ownership to eligible home buyers. POP was created with the understanding that down-payment assistance does not work for every person, and that POP would be a means to help people that need more attention. POP has entered into agreements with Tampa Bay Community Development Corporation, Keystone Challenge Fund, Workforce Housing Ventures and Habitat for Humanity.