Low Income Housing Help Is Available

If you're interested in buying a home within the city limits of Panama City, but don't think you can afford it, you might be pleasantly surprised.

The State Housing Initiatives Partnership, otherwise known as the SHIP program, might be your answer to an affordable home.

A driveway, front door with plants on the outside; these are things that many of us take for granted, but what about those who can't afford to own their very own home? That’s where the State Housing Initiatives Partnership program comes into play.

Michael Johnson of Panama City Community Development program says it’s been around for about 15 years.

“It puts low to moderate income families into a home of their own.”

It's this program that put Sylinda Goodman and her family into a three bedroom, two bathroom home. Between her and her husband having to raise two children, she says this program has been a real blessing.

“It's just a matter of going on down to Panama City's Community Development building off of 10th Street and Beck Avenue and filling out an application to see if you qualify.”

It’s a process that not only provides assistance for potential low income homeowners, but it can also help to fix your leaky pipes or patch up your roof.

If you would like more information on the SHIP program you can call Panama City's Community Development Center at 872-7230.