Community and Human Services

Community and Human Services


The Heart of Collier County

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About Us
Welcome to the Community & Human Services Division online. Collier County has a long history of providing services to citizens that meet family's basic needs, both health and social, when there is no other resource available to families. The Community & Human Services Division provides comprehensive services such as prescription reimbursement to those in need in addition to its recently added responsibility (as of Feb. 5, 2007) of managing affordable housing opportunities in the community.  We "stretch" the service dollar to provide the most needed services to seniors and indigent including at home care.  


ATTENTION:  Non-profit organizations or developers (including faith-based organizations), for-profit developers of affordable housing, and for-profit organizations:

Collier County Community and Human Services is pleased to announce the release of our State Housing Initiative Program application for our new strategies,  Rental Rehabilitation and Acquisition.  These strategies were recently added to address the lack of affordable rental units in our County to serve our low income clientele.  We are looking to work with innovative organizations like yourself to expand the rental housing stock in Collier County.  This will be our first initiative in many years with rental rehabilitation and acquisition in regards to SHIP Program funds.  CHS is dedicated to producing tangible results for the people we serve and we cannot do this without your help.  Please feel free to complete the attached application and return to our Division by March 21, 2016, no later than 3 PM.  Attached is a guide that will assist your organization in completing the application as well as an Excel spreadsheet to populate your organization’s financial review.  Please attach spreadsheet to your application.

Click here to get the Acquisition Guide to Application

Click here to get the Acquisition Application

Click here to get the Financial Review Spreadsheet

Click here to see the Memo to applicants regarding frequently asked questions

Click here to view the Income Limits




Collier County, along with WFN Consulting, LLC, is beginning development of its HUD-required 2016-2021 Consolidated Plan, 2016-2017 Annual Action Plan, and Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing. The five-year plan and annual action plan will identify community development and affordable housing needs and sets priorities for investment of federal grant funds to address them. The fair housing analysis will identify barriers to equal access to housing and will propose fair and affordable housing strategies to overcome those impediments. To learn more about these studies, please visit:

The process is heavily influenced by the opinions and perceptions of local residents, who are invited to attend public meetings and participate in an online survey. The community meetings are open to the general public and provide an opportunity for residents to provide input for the County’s plans. Collier County will hold community meetings on November 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 10th 2015, as follows:

Date: Tuesday, November 03, 2015
Location: Estates Branch Library - 1266 Golden Gate Blvd., W. Naples, FL 34120
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Date: Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Location: Naples Regional Rees Meeting Room - 650 Central Avenue, Naples, FL 34102
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Date: Thursday, November 05, 2015
Location: Immokalee Branch Library - 417 N. First St., Immokalee, FL 34142
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Location: East Naples Branch Library - 8787 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, FL 34113
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The online survey will be available until December 4, 2015 at:

A draft of the completed plans will be posted on the project website for public comment beginning in May, 2016.

Other Information
Residents who are unable to attend a meeting can comment in writing to: Gino Santabarbara, Community and Human Services, 3339 Tamiami Trail East Suite 211, Naples, FL 34112-5361

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, special needs relating to handicapped accessibility, vision impairment, hearing impairment or foreign language or other reasonable accommodations in order to participate in this proceeding, should contact the Collier County Facilities Management Department located at 3335 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, Florida 34112, or 239-252-8380 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event. Such reasonable accommodations will be provided at no cost to the individual. Collier County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Collier County complies with the Fair Housing Act (42 U.S.C. 3600, et. seq.) and County Fair Housing Ordinance 92-9.



On January 23, 2015, the National Community Development Association (NCDA) recognized the winners of the 2015 Audrey Nelson Community Development Achievement Award during an awards luncheon at the NCDA Winter Conference in Washington, DC.  Collier County received an award for the completion of the First Street Plaza Project - Zocalo.  

 This project is in Immokalee, an unincorporated area located in northern Collier County. The median income is $24,315. The Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency was awarded $979,000 in CDBG funding to acquire two parcels for the development of the First Street Plaza – Zolaco. The Plaza is a gathering area/park that is located in the downtown. The First Street Plaza was created as a comprehensive vision for the future of Immokalee. The Plaza has created a greater livable community that creates a gateway to the downtown business community.



 NCDA Photo


Our Director, Kimberley Grant, Manager of Federal/State Grants, Kristi Sonntag, Brad Muckel, Immokalee CRA Operations Manager and Architect David Corban accepting the award from the staff of the NCDA.

Click Here to view the entire press release.


Collier County is pleased to announce our new Rental Assistance Program.  Click here to see if you qualify for the program.



Collier County Community and Human Services Department (CHS) is pleased to announce the release of FY 2016-2017 grant application cycle.   Collier County is scheduled to receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the following programs:

 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the amount of $2,108,421

 HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) in the amount of $477,136

 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) in the amount of $184,402

The application period will begin on Thursday, February 18, 2016 and will continue through 3 p.m. Friday, March 11, 2016. Application for the CDBG and HOME programs is available, electronically, through the following website address:

 The application is also accessible through the CHS website at under the CHS Main page link.

 Please find attached an applicant guide to navigate you with setting up an account and login. Click here for the application guide.

 The ESG application will remain as a paper copy submission and can be accessed by clicking here.  The ESG application may also be obtained at our offices at 3339 Tamiami Trail East, Suite 211, Naples, FL 34112.

 All applications must be consistent with the Collier County’s Preliminary Needs Assessment. More project details are povided in the FY2016-2017 Grant Applicant Guide. 


Administered by HUD, this federal program funds projects that meet one or more of three national objectives:


  • Benefits low- and moderate-income persons or households who earn at or below 80% of the median income
  • Aids in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight
  • Qualifies as a certified urgent need

Draft Project strategies are identified below from the preliminary needs assessment:


    • Infrastructure
    • Tenant based rental assistance
    • Support for construction of new rental and for-sale affordable housing
    • Supportive housing for persons with developmental disabilities
    • Senior housing
    • Transitional housing with supportive services
    • Homeownership counseling and down payment assistance
    • Transportation assistance
    • Youth programs
    • Fair housing education
    • Improvements to public parks, libraries, and other facilities
    • Support for infrastructure related to affordable housing development
    • Infrastructure improvements in the Immokalee and Bayshore CRAs


    • New Residential Construction
    • Single family housing unit rehabilitation
    • Multi-family rental units rehabilitation
    • Tenant Based Rental Assistance
    • CHDO Set Aside Activities
    • CHDO Operating Funds
    • Homebuyer Education Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO)
      • Set Aside Activities
      • Operating Funds
    • Homebuyer Education


Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG): 

    • Homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing
    • Shelter and transitional housing operational costs
    • Homeless prevention activities
    • Emergency shelter rehabilitation, renovation or conversion 

Please note the final needs assessment will be adopted as part of the Consolidated/Action Plan and may affect types of projects to be funded. 

The CHS Department, consistent with the Collier County’s Citizen Participation Plan, has held one public meeting and has scheduled a second meeting on:

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm - Golden Gate Community Center, Room C, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples

One-on-one technical assistance meetings are required in order to submit an application. Those interested in submitting an application for FY2016-2017 funding cycle should contact CHS and must schedule a meeting between now and March 1, 2016. No applications will be accepted unless a one-on-one technical assistance meeting has occurred. March 4, 2016 will be the last day of one-on-one technical assistance meetings.

Any questions/comments/changes during the technical assistance period and/or with individuals will be made publicly available after March 7, 2016 on the CHS website and through an email blast.

Should you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me at (239) 252-2399 or


Final Copy of the FY 15-16 HUD Annual Action Plan

Click Here to review the Final FY 15-16 HUD Annual Action Plan.  Any comments should be directed to Gino Santabarbara at

Final Copy of the FY14-15 HUD Annual Action Plan

Click Here to review the Final FY14-15 HUD Annual Action Plan.  Any comments should be directed to Gino Santabarbara at