General Housing Statistics:

Existing Home Values (Based on County Property Appraisers' Just Value)
Single Family Home, average value, 2004: $81,456. (Statewide, the average value of a single family home in Florida in 2004 was $170,865).
Mobile Home, average value, 2004: $52,000.
Condominium, average value, 2004: $99,934.

Home Sales Prices
The average sales price for a single family home was $170,102 in 2004 (partial year). The median sales price that year was $157,000, compared to a statewide median sales price of $162,000.

Size of Households
55,937 households in St. Lucie County (65%) are made up of 1-2 persons in 2005. 24% of these households pay more than 30% of income for rent or mortgage costs.
22,209 households in St. Lucie County (26%) are made up of 3-4 persons in 2005. 24% of these households pay more than 30% of income for rent or mortgage costs.
7,688 households in St. Lucie County (9%) are made up of 5 persons or more in 2005. 30% of these households pay more than 30% of income for rent or mortgage costs.

Housing Assistance Opportunities:

Rental Assistance - call the Housing and Urban Development Hotline, Section 8 at (772) 461-0772.

Purchase Assistance - The St. Lucie County Housing Department administers the state and federal housing programs for down payment/closing cost assistance to purchase a home, and through a partnership with Habitat for Humanity, to rehabilitate existing homes for low income families.

There is often an affordability "gap" caused by the lack of funds for down payment and closing costs that presents a barrier to homeownership for many families. A larger down payment means smaller monthly housing expenses or sometimes a larger house. St. Lucie County has programs designed to make it possible for eligible families to cross that affordability "gap" by providing the funds necessary to make a larger down payment and/or pay closing costs when purchasing a home for the first time.

St. Lucie County also has programs designed to assist homeowners with home repairs in order to resolve code violations or health and safety concerns. The County works closely with St. Lucie County Habitat for Humanity to provide repairs to homes owned by eligible households in the unincorporated areas of the county.

State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) provides funding to assist first time homebuyers with down payment/closing cost assistance to purchase a home and/or, rehabilitation assistance to existing homes for low income families.

Hurricane Housing Recovery Program (HHR)
Assists low income households with:

  • Repair/Replacement of Housing
  • Home Purchase
  • Housing Re-entry and Eviction/ Foreclosure and Prevention Assistance
  • Capital to Leverage Other Private & Public Resources
Developers/Builders may also be assisted to construct workforce housing by:
  • Construction and Development Financing
  • Acquisition of Building Materials
  • Leveraging Other Private & Public Resources

Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) is a program that assists with rehabilitation/reconstruction of homes.

Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Initiatives (CDBG DRI) will be assisting households in the South 26th Street area with water, sewer, and drainage improvements.

HOME Again assists households with repairs due to the 2004 hurricanes.

Weatherization Program (WAP) assists low income families to reduce heating and cooling costs by improving the energy efficiency of the home.

Water Savings Incentive Program assists low income families to reduce their water usage through replacement of older toilets, faucets, and shower heads. Funding is provided through the South Florida Water Management District.

Please contact Community Services directly for an Application for Housing Assistance.

Housing Links:

To Contact the St. Lucie County Community Services Housing Department, please call (772) 462-1290.