Community Development

Community Development

First-Time Homebuyer Program applications are now being accepted.
Applications for the Housing Rehabilitation Program are now being accepted.

You can access the application process here .

Mission Statement

Community Development's mission is to provide an integrated system of resources, services and opportunities to help people improve their lives, the lives of others, neighborhoods and the total community.

Work is performed under the Director of General Services.

Departmental Services

The Office of Community Development (OCD ) offers continuous dedication to our community through coordinating, monitoring, and maintaining a centralized database of all grants and grant projects for the County. OCD also assists the Departments and Grant Consultants in the acquisition, implementation, and administration of grant programs. Housing assistance programs are offered to the citizens of Hardee County.

* Eligibility requirements apply to the programs offered.

First Time Home Buyer Program

Purchase assistance, to aid with closing cost and down payment, is provided to First Time Home Buyers whose household income is in the low to moderate income range.

Fair Housing

Federal Law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or familial status when renting, selling or financing a home or property.


Click the link below for Fair Housing Information
* Fair Housing - Equal Housing Opportunity

Contact Information

Lorie Ayers - Community Development Director
Beyonce Torres - Executive Assistant
Chelsey Long - Accounting Specialist
Esther Bragg - Grants Coordinator
Stacy Smith - Community Development Specialist

412 West Orange Street, Rm 201
Wauchula, FL 33873

Office Phone (863 ) 773-6349
Fax (863 ) 773-5801

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. (Closed for Lunch )

Important Links

Notice of Availability of SHIP Annual Report for Fiscal Years 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-2020.