Port St. Lucie uses state funds to assist eligible applicants who own a home in Port St. Lucie and need funds for approved repair or rehabilitation. The maximum assistance available is limited by the nature of the repair and by the income of the recipient. Maximum awards for repair/rehab are currently $50,000.
Each homeowner selects his/her own licensed/registered contractors. We do not have a pre-approved directory but have compiled a list of contractors who are licensed and insured and are ready and willing to participate in the program. The homeowner is required to get three bids for each qualified repair or group of repairs and may use the contractor list to assist in the search.
For information, or to sign up for the program call our office at (772) 344-4084, (772) 871-5264, or if you are hearing impaired, call TDD (772) 873-6309. We are located in City Hall, Building A, Room 221. Business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday excluding certain holidays.
If you are the successful bidder for one of our housing assistance clients, you will need to submit the following information:
Registered Port St. Lucie contractors. The city has most of the information we need in our building department file; but please make sure that your insurance information is up-to-date. If you are not on our current "vendor" list, we will need your Tax ID or Social Security Number and name of holder and a completed/signed W9 form.
Contractors registered with the State of Florida but not with Port St. Lucie. We will need a copy of your state license and proof of Workman's Compensation and general liability coverage. If you are not on our current "vendor" list, we will need your Tax ID or Social Security Number and name of holder and a completed/signed W9 form.
This information was prepared to assist contractors who are potential bidders for repair projects being funded through the City of Port St. Lucie's Housing Assistance Program.
Contact Community Services at (772) 871-5264 for further information. For the hearing impaired, call TDD (772) 873-6309.
Eligible repairs are those that "are needed for safe or sanitary habitation, correction of substantial code violations, or the creation of (needed) additional living space." Port St. Lucie orders a home inspection when the applicant is selected for funding. This inspection report provides a list of items that qualify for funding. Hazard Mitigation and/or handicapped accessibility items may also be approved. These items include, but are not limited to, the following: hurricane shutters, garage door reinforcement, wheel chair ramps. Inspections are not required for hurricane shutters.
The maximum assistance available is limited by the nature of the repair and by the income of the recipient. Maximum awards for repair/rehab are $50,000; average for a home purchase recipient is $1,500.
Each homeowner selects his/her own licensed/registered contractor(s). There is no pre-approved directory, but we do maintain a list of contractors who are licensed and insured and interested in working with the program. This list is available to the homeowner upon request. If you are a registered Port St. Lucie contractor, we have most of the information we need in our building department file; but please make sure that your insurance information is up-to-date. If you are registered with the State of Florida, and not with Port St. Lucie, we will need a copy of your State license and proof of workman's compensation and general liability coverage. If you are not on our current "vendor" list, we will need your Tax ID Number or Social Security Number and name of holder. You must complete a W9 form and return it to this office before you can be paid.
We require three bids for each approved repair job. You may be able to bid on several jobs; in this case, your bid should include a breakdown of the costs of materials and labor for each repair item. The bids cannot include sales tax; the city is exempt from paying these taxes. We will pay the amount of the low bid unless there is sufficient evidence to show that the low bidder cannot complete the job satisfactorily or within a reasonable timeframe.
Bids must be based on standard builder-grade replacements, which would include 13 seer A/C units. The city will pay for architectural roof shingles for roofs with sufficient pitch; otherwise 25 year 3-tab roof shingles will be required. All bids for roofing repairs/replacement must include "all rotted wood," not just an estimated amount or a price per square foot. All repair work must include paint, etc., to produce a totally "finished" product. If building permits are required, the cost of those permits must be included in the bid. For single items of $1,000 or less, bids can be verbal, but in most cases you will need to do your own evaluation of the job before you submit your proposal. Written proposals ensure that we all agree on the nature and scope of the work to be performed. For jobs over $2,500, we will schedule a pre-construction conference with you, the homeowner, and a representative of our inspection team. You will review and sign a written agreement indicating the general requirements for any work involving the City of Port St. Lucie.
If your bid is selected and a permit is required for that type of repair, pick up the necessary permit application at the Community Services Department, Building A, Room 221, so that our clients can receive expedited permit processing for their approved repairs.
If your bid is selected, we will issue a purchase order in the amount of the bid in order to encumber the funds on behalf of the homeowner and you, the contractor.
When the job is finished, you must submit an original invoice and a certificate of release form.
The invoice should be made out to:
City of Port St. Lucie
Community Services for: [insert homeowner's name]
121 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd.
Port St. Lucie, FL 34984
If the invoice is made out to the homeowner, you will not be paid. The invoice is our notification that the work is finished. You may fax a copy of the invoice to our office at (772) 344-4340 so that we can order an inspection, but we cannot pay without the original. Repairs not requiring a permit will be inspected by program staff to ensure that the work has been done in accordance with the bid submitted. Once approved by the inspection service, the invoice will be submitted for payment.
For repairs requiring a permit, we will contact the Building Department to make sure that the work has been approved. We will then submit the invoice for payment. Payment terms are net 30 in order to allow for processing by this office and the Finance Department. However, you can speed up the procedure by submitting your invoice directly to this office, not to the homeowner. We must also have the Contractor Certificate and Release and homeowner authorization to pay (bids over $2,500) and/or Contractor Certificate of Release (bids under $2,500), which the homeowner is required to sign before we can send the invoice for payment.