Community Services

About Us

The Department of Community Services administers services within the community, which include Neighborhood Revitalization, a First-time Homebuyers Program, Emergency Rehabilitation Assistance, Rental Assistance and neighborhood improvement support. As a department, our focus is on enhancing the quality of life of the low to moderate-income community so that all City of Florence residents live in vibrant, thriving places.

Quality Affordable Housing

One of the main goals of the Community Services Department is providing opportunities for the City's low-to-moderate income residents to obtain quality, affordable housing. The City of Florence has taken a proactive role in achieving this goal by taking the lead on two notable housing developments: the Stackley Street Redevelopment Project and North Pointe Subdivision.

Before redevelopment, Stackley Street was a haven for illegal activity. Located in a CDBG target area in North Florence, Stackley Street was infamously known as a drug and crime-infested neighborhood. To help remedy the problem, the City of Florence purchased eight lots in the neighborhood in order to clear the lots and build new homes. Through a grant from the State Housing HOME Program, six new homeowners were able to obtain $7500 in down payment assistance towards the purchase of these new homes.

The North Pointe Subdivision is another project that the City is proud of. The North Pointe Subdivision is a 27-lot housing development that was planned and funded by the City. The City of Florence donated the land for the subdivision, in addition to using approximately $275,000 in CDBG funding for the infrastructure. It is located on North Pointe Drive in North Florence. The subdivision has a landscaped entrance, rolled curb and gutter, sidewalks, and decorative street lighting. It currently consists of eight owner-occupied homes.

Qualifying applicants may receive up to $30,000 in down payment and closing cost assistance through the First-time Homebuyers Program. Prospective applicants for the First-time Homebuyers Program can apply with the Home Ownership Assistance Program Application.

Applications, Forms & Brochures

Fair Housing Brochure

    Download this brochure to learn about your right to fair housing

First-time Homebuyers Program

    The City of Florence has a program for income-eligible first-time homebuyers. For 2024, this program will hold meetings on the following dates in Council Chambers at the City Center (324 West Evans St.) from 5:30pm - 6:30pm: January 30, February 27, March 26, April 16, May 21, June 18, July 30, August 27, September 24, October 29, and November 19. If you have any questions regarding this program or the monthly meetings, you may call (843) 665-3175.

CDBG - Emergency Rehabilitation Assistance Application

     Owner-occupied homeowners may qualify for emergency financial assistance to repair their homes

NSP Rental Assistance Application

     The City of Florence has a limited number of rental properties for income-eligible applicants 

CDBG - Residential Demolition Assistance Application

     Homeowners with no other means to demolish their dilapidated residential property may qualify 

Social Services Brochure

     Download this brochure of social service organizations aiding the Florence community

Phone Number:
(843) 665-3175
324 West Evans Street
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm