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Community Improvement

The mission of the Development Services Department, operating in the Special Revenue Funds, is to sustain and promote the City of Boca Raton as a nationally recognized and desirable place to live and work. To accomplish this goal, the Department will work to protect and preserve neighborhoods, assist in the creation of jobs and the protection of the tax base by promoting quality development and redevelopment, protect and preserve the City’s natural environment, and support the provision of housing opportunities for all of Boca Raton’s citizens.


Community Improvement is responsible for administering the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) program. For general information, please call 561-393-7756 (561-367-7043 for the hearing impaired). In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, information and documents appearing on this page may be requested in an alternative format.



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Housing Assistance Programs


The City is currently accepting applications for the program below.  For additional information, please call our office at 561-393-7756.


SHIP Purchase Assistance Program: Currently accepting applications. The purpose of the Program is to assist eligible first-time home buyers with a 0% interest, deferred payment loan to be applied toward down payment and closing costs for the purchase of eligible owner-occupied housing, and rehabilitation costs for minor improvements to the property after closing. The maximum award amount is based on need, not to exceed income category limits as included in the application. Available funding is very limited, and state set-aside requirements apply. New applicants may be placed on a waiting list.


***NOTICE*** Application packet revised as of 8/3/16.  All previous versions of the application package are no longer valid.

SHIP Purchase Assistance Application Packet


CDBG Homebuyer Assistance Program: As of July 18, 2016, all available funding for this program has been spent.  No additional funds will be allocated to this program for FY 2016-17.  However, the City is currently accepting application for the SHIP Purchase Assistance Program.  For more information, please see the application packet above.