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ReHouse Bay

In the wake of Hurricane Michael, the lack of affordable housing has emerged as the most pressing challenge for communities in Bay County.

The Florida Legislature recently appropriated more than $36 million in funding to Bay County and the City of Panama City to address unmet housing needs through the Hurricane Housing Recovery Program (HHRP) and the State Housing Incentive Partnership (SHIP). ReHouse Bay programs are currently underway to help survivors access affordable housing; County and City staff are working to quickly and efficiently distribute all available housing assistance funds.

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Mission

ReHouse Bay is dedicated to improving lives in Bay County through empowering residents and connecting them with affordable, sustainable housing solutions. We believe that investing in housing will not only support our community’s recovery from Hurricane Michael, it will support long-term economic and community development. Our charge is to rebuild, rehouse, and revitalize Bay County.

In an effort to reach as many eligible survivors as possible, Bay County and Panama City launched ReHouse Bay to raise public awareness about available programs. The purpose of ReHouse Bay is to help households seeking assistance navigate state housing programs and understand specific eligibility requirements. ReHouse Bay covers all of Bay County, including all municipalities and unincorporated Bay County.

Residents

ReHouse Bay covers a variety of programs – from repair or reconstructing hurricane-damaged houses to supporting first-time homebuyers to make a down payment on a home – designed to help provide affordable housing solutions for Bay County residents. Each ReHouse Bay program has specific income and eligibility requirements that must be met by applicants, and may not be right for everyone’s housing needs. Individuals and households interested in seeking housing assistance should review the programs and requirements here.

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Realtors & Contractors

ReHouse Bay also provides mortgage lenders and realtors with information about home buying programs and offers guidance for licensed contractors and builders seeking to partner with ReHouse Bay to repair, rebuild, and develop affordable housing in Bay County. For additional information, please contact the ReHouse Bay team.

ReHouseBay.org

ReHouseBay.org serves as the central hub for residents to access all relevant housing assistance information. Online visitors can download applications, read FAQs, and access additional housing resources and information related to community development.