State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP)


  • Denise Thomas
  • (941) 748-4501, ext. 3474
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SHIP Downpayment Assistance Program NOW OPEN

Are down payment and/or closing costs the only missing pieces to help you realize your dream of homeownership?

Many home buyers can afford a monthly mortgage payment but may not be able to pay all or a portion of the down payment and/or closing costs needed to purchase a home.

Eligible Very Low (50% AMI), Low (80% AMI) and Moderate (120% AMI)* Income applicants (2021 Income Limits) can receive assistance through the SHIP program to pay these costs. The homebuyer must agree to reside in the home as their primary residence.

The program provides second mortgage loans to purchase existing and newly constructed single family homes and condominiums.

PLEASE NOTE: This application is for Certified Lenders only. If you are an individual interested in this program, please contact one of our participating lenders

Click below to view brochures related to the program:
2020-2021 SHIP Downpayment Assistance brochure
2020-2021 Folleto de Asistencia para el Pago Inicial de SHIP Versión en Español

How do I Qualify?

  • Mobile homes are not eligible.
  • Homeowner must choose certified lender from Manatee County approved Lender list
  • Be a Home Buyer who will own the property as your permanent residence within 30 days of closing on the property.
  • Total household income must not exceed Manatee County’s Very Low, Low and Moderate income limits for the SHIP program. (2021 Income Limits)
  • Property must be located in unincorporated Manatee County or City of Palmetto.
  • Existing properties to be purchased must be inspected by Manatee County.
  • Properties must have had some type of documented repair occur on the property within the past 12 months to be eligible.  Property inspection will include inspection of acceptable repairs.
  • The total value of property (house and land) may not exceed the established levels per the maximum income limits as follows (Maximum Allowable Purchase Prices)
    • Very Low = $180,000
    • Low = $200,000
    • Moderate = $225,000  
  • Applicants must contribute $500 towards the purchase of the home.
  • Applicants must have obtained first mortgage financing approval and have an executed contract on property.
  • Applicants must complete one of Manatee County’s approved Homeownership Training Courses and receive a Certificate of Completion prior to closing.


Program ends when all funding for this program has been committed to SHIP eligible applicants.

How do I apply?

Certified lenders must access the web-based Neighborly software for submission of a Downpayment Assistance Application.  If you have questions or need further information, please contact the Redevelopment and Economic Opportunity Department Community Development Division, Phone: (941) 749-3029 Fax:  (941) 742-5848

Certified Lender List

Only those lenders on the Certified Lenders List that have satisfactorily completed mandatory training may participate in the Downpayment Assistance Program. 

Click here to visit the 2021 Certified Lender List