Community Development


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First-Time Homebuyer Program applications are currently being accepted.

Applications for the Housing Rehabilitation Program ARE now being accepted.

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.

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

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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.


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Fair Housing


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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 Director

Shyanne Rivera Executive Assitant

Shelly Massey Community Development Specialist

Esther Bragg Grants Coordinator

Cathee Durrance Accounting 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.