Congratulations to CRA Project Manager Darrell Starling and CRA Specialist Cheryl Baksh for becoming certified redevelopment professionals. Both Darrell and Cheryl work behind the scenes of the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency. They help provide affordable housing options to homebuyers.
CRA Project Manager Darrell Starling said, “It’s rewarding to see our efforts positively impact families.”
Starling and Baksh facilitate two programs that help homebuyers and property developers.
Affordable Housing Down Payment Assistance Program: Qualified homebuyers may receive up to $15,000 towards down payment assistance. To qualify, the homebuyer’s income must be at or below 120% of the area median income, in addition to meeting certain credit requirements. Homebuyers interested in qualifying for the affordable housing down payment assistance program are encouraged to contact Hands of Central Florida at (863) 682-1025, or visit cflhands.org.
Private Developer Incentive Program: Both City and county impact fees may be waived to developers building affordable houses in the core improvement area that lays alongside US Highway 27 and Scenic Highway between Florida Avenue, Emerald Avenue and SR 60. Private developers interested in the developer incentive program may contact the CRA at (863) 678-4050 ext. 252.