Notices of Public Hearings

April 19, 2024


The Housing Finance Authority of Manatee County, Florida (the “Issuer”), hereby announces the continuation of its program to reduce home loan financing costs within Manatee County.  The Issuer has established a mortgage credit certificate program which will entitle first-time homebuyers to a federal income tax credit (the “Program”).  A tax credit is a direct reduction of taxes due.  Under the Program, homebuyers would receive a mortgage credit certificate entitling such homebuyers to reduce their taxes by twenty percent (20%) of the amount of interest paid on their home loan.  The tax credit is available each year that the borrower continues to live in the home financed under the Program.

In order to qualify for the Program, federal law requires that a homebuyer satisfy each of the following guidelines:

  1. Principal Residence. The homebuyer must occupy the home financed under the Program as his/her principal residence within a reasonable period, not to exceed 60 days, after the financing is provided.  A principal residence is a home occupied primarily for residential purposes.  A principal residence does not include a home used as an investment property, as a recreation home or a home 15 percent or more of the total area of which is used in a trade or business.
  2. First-Time Homebuyer. Each homebuyer must be a first-time homebuyer.  Any person who has not owned his/her principal residence at any time during the three years prior to closing a loan financed in connection with the Program is considered a first-time homebuyer.  This requirement does not apply to loans in certain areas designated as targeted areas (collectively, the “Targeted Area”).
  3. Purchase Price. Under the Program, the purchase price for residences may not exceed 90 percent (110 percent with respect to residences located in Targeted Areas) of the average area purchase price applicable to the residence.  For this purpose, the “average area purchase price” is based upon the average purchase price of single family residences determined pursuant to applicable federal law with respect to both new and existing one, two, three and four unit residences.  The current maximum purchase prices for homes under the Program are as follows:
New and Existing Homes
Non-Targeted Areas Targeted Areas
$561,333    $686,073

These limitations are subject to adjustment periodically.

  1. New Mortgage. The mortgage loan financed in connection with the Program is required to be a new mortgage loan and may not replace a prior mortgage loan on the home (whether or not previously repaid).
  2. Income. Under the Program, the maximum family income for households may not exceed 115 percent (140 percent with respect to residences located in Targeted Areas) of the applicable median family income.  For a family of 2 or fewer persons, the maximum family income may not exceed 100 percent (120 percent with respect to residences located in Targeted Areas) of the applicable median family income.  The current limits on annual gross income for households under the Program are as follows:
Non-Targeted Areas

Families of

Targeted Areas

Families of

2 or Less 3 or More 2 or Less 3 or More
$100,181 $115,208 $120,217 $140,253

These limitations are subject to adjustment periodically.  Gross income includes salary and wages, including overtime, as well as dividends, alimony, public assistance, social security, unemployment compensation and investment income.

  1. One- to Four-Family Home. The residence financed in connection with the Program must be a one- to four-family residence.  A one-family residence includes a detached home, one unit of a duplex, a townhouse or a condominium unit.  Manufactured housing or mobile homes qualify only if the unit has at least 400 square feet of living space, if it is more than 102 inches wide and if it is of a kind customarily used at a fixed location.  If the residence is a two- to four-family residence, one unit of the residence must be the principal residence of the owner of the units and (with limited exceptions) the residence must have been first occupied for residential purposes at least five years prior to closing the loan financed in connection with the Program.  Land adjoining the home is considered part of the home only if it maintains the home’s livability and is not, other than incidentally, a source of income to the owner.
  2. Program Area. In order to be eligible for a certificate, the home financed in connection with the Program must be located in Manatee County.

Under the Program, mortgage credit certificates will be issued to eligible borrowers on a first-come, first-served basis.  The certificates are available in connection with any type of mortgage loan (except loans from tax-exempt bond programs), including fixed rate and adjustable rate mortgages.  Any lending institution is eligible to provide mortgage loans in connection with the Program.

This notice contains only a summary of the requirements under the Program.  Applications and more detailing information about the Program are available at the address listed below.

3050 Universal Boulevard, Suite 190
Weston, Florida 33331
Attention:  Sue Denihan
Phone: (813) 579-6293

March 29, 2024


 For the purpose of Section 147(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held on behalf of the Housing Finance Authority of Manatee County, Florida with respect to the issuance of single family housing revenue bonds in the amount of up to $10,000,000 issued by the Housing Finance Authority of Manatee County, Florida, or in the alternative mortgage credit certificates in the amount of up to $2,500,000.  The public hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on April 9, 2024 at 417 12th Street, 2nd Floor conference room, Bradenton, Florida.

The proceeds of such bonds or such credit certificates will be used to finance and provide capital for investment and/or to fund or assist in the purchase of mortgage loans to qualified homebuyers of low, moderate or middle income for the construction, purchase or rehabilitation of owner-occupied single family residences located within Manatee County, Florida.

The bonds or credits will not constitute a debt of the State of Florida or Manatee County, but will be payable solely from the housing program.

At the time and place fixed for said public hearing all who appear will be given an opportunity to express their views for or against the proposal regarding said bonds or credits.  Persons are advised that, if they need a record of the proceedings, and for such purposes, they may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.

All interested parties are invited to present their comments at the time and place set forth above.